Understanding Delphinium Data Sources

Delphinium layouts draw upon three sources of data to create a motivating and engaging custom overlay or interface for your course:

Canvas Course Meta-data

The first time a Delphinium page loads in your course, it requests meta-data (i.e., data about data) from Canvas about your course. You can also use the Delphinium tools to refresh this data if you make changes to your course (see the links below). Examples of Canvas meta-data that Delphinium uses include the following:

  • Course name and dates

  • Assignment names, type, due dates, and points possible

  • Module names and items

  • Assignment groups

  • Grading Schemes

Canvas Student Data

Each time Delphinium loads in your course, it requests current student data from Canvas. For security, all student data is encrypted before it is sent to Delphinium and Delphinium encrypts it again when it receives the data. Examples of Canvas Student Data that Delphinium uses include the following:

  • Names

  • Submission scores and submission dates

  • Participation data

Delphinium Module Meta-data

Optionally, you can create more complex data visualizations and improve Canvas' functionality by linking some Delphinium data to Canvas data. Delphinium adds the following meta-data to Canvas data:

  • Module images

  • Module item tags

  • Module order (in Delphinium components)

  • Parent/child relationships between modules

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