The Delphinium Leaderboard is a powerful tool for creating more "social presence" between students, even when they do not meet physically together. Connection between students is a powerful engagement tool that helps improve student performance. The leaderboard helps drive engagement in four ways:

  1. Social Comparison - The Delphinium Leaderboard allows students to visually see how they compare to other students. Many students like to know that they are "in the pack" and performing as well as the main body of their peers. This knowledge gives them comfort and helps pull them through the course if they can see that they are falling behind their peers.

  2. Competition - Competition can be a powerful motivator for some students as they strive to outperform other students. The Delphinium Leaderboard allows students to identify other students of similar ability and indicates when they are pulling ahead or falling behind in class performance. In addition, some students enjoy the social connection that comes from watching excellent performers compete for top position!

  3. Pacer - Courses often include a few students who are excellent performers and set the performance bar for all other students. This can help drive performance and pace for the entire class. The leaderboard shows excelling student's progress to all students.

  4. Social Sharing - Most courses include components that share their data with the Leaderboard so that students can view each other's stats; including points earned, avatars, and achievements. This helps students create a stronger connection with their peers.


The Delphinium Leaderboard evenly distributes students into 5 performance levels, each with their own ranking (e.g., 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). The performance levels allow students to be ranked with other students of similar ability; this can limit discouragement for students that are currently in lower performance levels. As a student improves in their scores in the class, they can move up their ranking as well. After reaching 1st place in a lower performance level, students can move to a higher performance level by knocking out the last place student in that level!

Note: Improve your point value by earning as many points as possible on each assignment and complete more assignments.

The Leaderboard will automatically open to the correct level and scroll to display the logged in student. Students can scroll and click other performance levels to explore the performance of other students.

Each student's data is displayed in a "leaderboard tile" including the following:

  • Student's rank in the performance level

  • An alias for each student used to protect student's anonymity and privacy

Note: Student aliases are automatically assigned from a master list.

  • Total points earned in the class

Note: By default, total points are not weighted using canvas assignment group weights.

  • Labels

    • The current student is labeled "You"

    • The student directly above is labeled "Next Conquest"

    • The students above that are labeled "Your Competition!"

    • The student directly below is labeled "Last Conquest!"

    • The students below that are labeled "Conquered!"

Note: The Delphinium Leaderboard attempts to balance quick loading speeds with displaying the most current data. Data for the students viewing the leaderboard will always be current each time you load the page. In most cases, data for all other students will also be current with each page load; however, in the case of courses with a large number of student submissions, you may need to refresh the page again to see the most current data. This is because Delphinium loads large data sets in the background.

Social Widgets

Mouse over students' leaderboard tiles to view information about each student like stats, avatars, and achievements. This allows students to share their progress and personality with each other to make a social connection.

Note: The specific information in a "social widget" popup depends on which components have added in the course. For example, if the avatar component has not been added to a Delphinium layout, then student avatars will not be displayed.

Examples of social widgets include the following:

  • Avatar thumbnails - Students can view their own avatar and the avatars of their peers. They can also "like" avatars and view a count of the likes given to their own avatar.

  • Current grade - Students can view each other's performance stats including total points, % of points earned, and bonus and penalty points

  • Achievement Brag Board - Students can view each other's earned achievements in the course.