New Tools to Quickly Identify At-Risk Students in Canvas

New Tools to Quickly Identify At-Risk Students in Canvas

Provost Bras recently made the following request of Georgia Tech faculty who suddenly find themselves in the role of remote teachers during the Coronavirus crisis:

“We encourage you to pay close attention to students who might not be engaging in class discussions, chats, or assignments. Look for signs of distress. Identify these students and proactively reach out to them.”

In order to help with this effort, the developers in C21U have added new features to the GaTech Roster tool, which is found in the left navigation bar of every course in Canvas. Two new columns have been added to the tool:

  1. Last Course Activity: A timestamp indicating the last time this student has interacted with your Canvas course.
  2. Total Activity: The total number of hours and minutes this student had interacted with your Canvas course.

Even better – these columns are sortable. For example, if you click the “Last Course Activity” column header, the students who have been inactive for the longest amount of time will float to the top of your table. These fields are also included in the exportable roster available in the GaTech Roster.

As Provost Bras recently said, “Students and families are under enormous stress and that some students are struggling. It’s critical that each of us recognize the extraordinary and trying times and respond with empathy, kindness, and flexibility.” Hopefully, these new features will allow you to quickly identify those students who might be at risk and send them a quick message to ensure that everything is OK.

If you’d like to learn more about the GaTech Roster tool, go to