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About the user progress tool

What is the user progress tool?

The user progress tool is used to track students' progress across various areas of the course, including:

  • Content access
  • Grades achieved
  • Assignment performance
  • Quiz performance
  • Discussion participation
  • Checklist completion
  • Objectives completion
  • Survey completion
  • Login history (login to D2L at Ryerson, not course-specific)


There are two main areas of the user progress tool:

  • "Class Progress" is an overview screen that gives a brief look at progress for the whole class.
  • "User Progress" is a more detailed look at a specific user's activities. Students have access to their own user progress screen, for tracking their activities and achievements in the course.

Class progress

Class Progress provides a stripped-down representation of the students' activities in a table. Graphs and progress bars are used to visually represent achievement, giving the instructor an at-a-glance overview of the class.

Instructors may choose four areas to represent in this chart, by going to the tool's settings.

Viewing class progress
  1. Go to the Progress tool in your course (often found in the 'Assessment' section of the menu bar).
  2. Click the Settings link found in the top-right corner of the tool.
Viewing class progress
  1. You will see the four 'indicators' (areas of the course) currently represented in the Progress tool.
  2. To replace any of these with a different indicator, click the arrow to the right of the name of the one you wish to replace, and click Replace.
Viewing class progress
  1. You will be shown a list of indicators that are not currently displayed in your course's Progress tool. Click on the one you would like to use.
  2. Your list will be updated to include the new indicator. Click Save and Close to save the changes.

User progress and student access

The User Progress view provides a more detailed progress report for an individual student.

Awards tool - student views
  1. In the Progress Tool, simply click the name of any student in the Class Progress view.
Awards tool - student views
  1. The initial summary page will show a collapsed view of the various indicators (areas of the course), providing the instructor with the opportunity to quickly review the student's activities.
  2. Click on one of the indicators listed on the left-hand side to see more detailed information about that area.
Awards tool - student views
  1. Many of these sections have areas that you can click to view even more detailed information.

Student access to progress

Similarly, students can access their own individual Progress report. They are only able to see their own activities, and never see those of their fellow students. The ability to view their own progress report can help to give the student a sense of accountability for their participation, and achievement as they complete their tasks.

Awards tool - student views

We recommend regularly directing students to the Progress tool to review their activities, including:

  • Posted grades
  • Confirmation of assignment and quiz submission
  • Review completed content and checklist activities
  • Participation in discussions