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Viewing Canvas Student Quiz Logs

February 09, 2021  / Dr. Diane Marks 

What is quiz log auditing?

You can view quiz logs to see the status of your student quizzes. This feature is designed to help you investigate problems that a student may have in the quiz and gain insight into your quiz questions. Quiz logs are not intended to validate academic integrity or identify cheating for a quiz.

View Log Screen

Specifically, you can view the following for each student that took the quiz:

  • Session information shows the start date and time for the attempt
  • Action log displays a status and timestamp for each quiz action
    • Possible action log statuses may include:
      • Viewed (and possibly read) question
      • Answered a question
      • Stopped viewing the Canvas quiz-taking page
      • Resumed the quiz

View Log Results Screen

How do I enable quiz log auditing?

Quiz Log Auditing is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable the link to view quiz logs, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.

EnableQuiz Log Auditing


The quiz log data are not exact in details of how and when students interacted with quiz questions. Therefore, this data cannot provide definitive evidence for exact interpretations of student behavior. 

Quiz log data is not recommended as evidence of academic integrity

  • For example, it can’t prove students were cheating during a quiz.
    • However, the data may show patterns of behavior, such as frequent starts and stops, or numerous long pauses between questions.
    • You could use this to determine whether you choose to remind students of quiz-taking expectations, or to use additional data sources to consider their academic integrity.

While data in Canvas quiz logs can provide useful information, it should never be taken by itself as evidence of academic misconduct, since specific entries in the log may not be accurate. Instructors should never use a single data point to take any action in regards to a student. It is also important to remember that quiz logs are only retained for six months.