Comparing Class Grades to Engagement Metrics

As an instructor, the Engagement metrics for student interactions are useful for knowing how involved each student is. However, it may be more useful if you can compare those metrics to the grades actually being received by each student in your class. This comparison can help you determine exactly what types of interaction translate to student success.

Echo360 allows you to import grade figures into the Analytics page, then provides a scatterplot graph that shows the correlation (intersection) of a selected metric with the grade given for each student.

Engagement metric correllation graph showing uploaded data with selected metric

In the above figure, student grades have been uploaded, and the graph shows the correlation between the Engagement score and the course grade provided by the uploaded CSV file.  Selecting a point on the graph shows the details for that student to the right of the graph, also shown in the above figure.

See What do the analytics mean? for a detailed description of each of the metrics and what it tracks. See also Defining Engagement Scores for more information on setting your engagement preferences, to more accurately track what kind of student interaction is important to you (as total defined engagement).

Does your button say Manage Grades instead of Upload Grades? If it does, your institution has enabled the use of the Canvas Data API to automatically import the total grade value from your Canvas Gradebook. See Comparing Imported Canvas Grades to Echo360 Analytics for information and instructions on using this feature. You can still upload grades using the below instructions, but you can also select to automatically import the total grade value from your Canvas gradebook.

To populate the correlation graph

  1. Navigate to the Class List page for the course.
  2. Click the ANALYTICS tab, then select Engagement as indicated by the arrows in the above figure.
  3. From the Metric Correlation Graph section at the bottom of the page, click UPLOAD GRADES.
    A dialog box appears with a template download link.
    Upload grades dialog box with gradebook template download link for steps as described
  4. Click the Download gradebook template link.
    The downloaded CSV file contains names and email addresses for each student, as well as the LMS user ID if you are using an LMS.
    example downloaded gradebook template CSV file for uploading grades to graph as described
  5. Locate and open the downloaded CSV gradebook template file. It will have the same name as the term-course-section you are viewing.
  6. Enter a grade value for each student into the "final_grade" column of the spreadsheet. Do not change any of the other data.  
    While the column reads "final_grade" you can use any grade you want (mid-term, exam grade, etc) to compare against Echo360 student metrics.
  7. Use percentage for grade values: The gradient of the "Course Grade" or Y axis of the correlation graph ranges from 0 to 100, with the assumption that the grade being provided is a percentage score.

  8. Save the updated CSV file (in CSV format).
  9. If  you closed the Upload grades dialog box, click UPLOAD GRADES again, to open it.
  10. Click UPLOAD, then navigate to and select the saved CSV file containing grade values.

Once the CSV file is processed, the plot points on the graph will change, to correlate with the grades provided for each student. You can upload and re-upload updated grades as often as you like, but the graph only shows the most recently uploaded data.

Once grades are uploaded, you can:

You are also encouraged to read What do the analytics mean? to become comfortable with the details each metric tracks. That will help you use each more accurately for comparing against the overall course grade given to each student.