You have a class of 30 and there are three Tom's, how can we differentiate who we are talking to?
Yes this is a much needed feature. I am currently taking a Canvas net course and this would be super helpful with a discussion with over 2000 posts!
This would be a great feature inside of Canvas courses, "Dr. Zoidberg"! :-)
+1 for @mentions and notifications. Yes, you can subscribe to discussion threads, but getting notified when you're mentioned would be a great way to pull folks back into the conversation.
Disha Solanki exactly! The subscribe feature is great but you can end up swamped with emails that may or may not pertain to you as a student. Having an @mention with the same functionality as here would be 100% awesome.
Well put, Shaun. I concur.
Totally agree Disha Solanki! This personalizes the conversation a little more and increases participation. There is a reason it is effective in social media applications, and none of them can be taken seriously until this feature exists.
Great idea ! This would be a really nice addition.
This would be a great way to call attention to the standard "I agree/disagree" replies, almost goading the poster to defend their stance.
I'm glad to see the beta environment has "Likes" in the discussion forum. I think it's a great addition and hopefully we can get some traction during this voting period to get @mentions.
Just the other day I had 2 separate instructors come to me to ask if there was an easier way to organize discussions that have multiple threads and replies. Even as a student it can be confusing, and it in a way forces me to troll the forums daily just to be sure I don't miss something.
We just signed a contract this month with Canvas for a district of 10,000 students. All of the teachers who tried the product asked the question, "Where's the +mention or @mention feature?" They are used to Twitter and/or Google+, and they have developed some strategies for organically created sub-conversations within discussions in which this feature supports. I'm glad likes will be coming soon before the rest of the staff are trained. However, I'm a little nervous to go back to them and say, "I'm sorry, but you can't do this in Canvas." Hopefully I can get more of them on this community and get them voting!
This would be great in Canvas for stimulating discussion on the discussion boards as well. If you want to draw a student's attention to a concept in another student's post, you could tag the student in your response. For example, if I am commenting on student A's post and I want to draw student B's attention to it, I would like to be able to tag student B directly in by response to student A's post. Otherwise, I don't have any good way to ensure that student B just happens to see student A's post.
A year and a half later: Yes, absolutely. This is my objective too. So many rich connections among students would be possible to facilitate with this simple functionality. Victoria Green at umich.edu, have you by any chance heard of any more recent workarounds?
Hi, pamela! Some LTI products support @mentions. If you can do an annotation assignment, Perusall works great and hooks into Canvas via an external tool assignment. Here are some details: Canvas and Perusall.
Thanks much, I'll have a look!
I don't have a better workaround, Pamela. I can absolutely see the pedagogical value you describe.
I must confess, I might not have seen the advantage of this feature request if it wasn't a present feature in the new community. It has come in quite handy here and I can now see how it would be handy in a classroom.
Canvas Discussions have a Search feature. In my courses I try to establish a cultural norm of addressing a reply to a person, such as "Professsor Soandso, I liked what you said about...." or "Jimmy, I heard you and Joey got a bag of donuts..." that way people in the forum can search and find posts that mention their names.
When I read this Idea, I wonder is it a Notifications feature more so than a Discussions feature?
There are at least two technical needs - 1) provide a picklist of users when typing in a name and 2) send a Notification to the person mentioned (if enabled by the person mentioned).
Does that sound right? Is there anything missing from this idea?
Yes, that sounds about right. When someone types "@" followed by letters a list of names from the course roster should populate. When someone is mentioned (using the @) then they should receive a notification.
I think this is useful because if the course is large it's easy to miss if someone mentioned you somewhere and it would be nice to immediately know if you were mentioned. I would especially like this as an instructor because a student could immediately get my attention to a specific post or question. While I like the idea of searching for your name (and this is a great workaround), what if someone mentions you about something important, but you've already "searched" for that day and don't do it again until tomorrow (or the next day, etc)?
No that about hits the nail on the head. Essentially how Jive works. In Jive I can hit the @ symbol and start typing a name it will create a link in the text field to the persons profile as well as send them a notification. I'm not sure about the usefulness of that link feature but when dealing with a class with a lot of posts it can get a tad confusing regarding who is talking to whom. I also think it's worth exploring a bit since most social networks and communication platforms include this feature.
From a grading standpoint this can also help a bit when filtering through the forum to find the context of a response. I've also encouraged courses to include the name but it's happened on more than one occasion where I had two students with the same name so it can quickly get confusing.
Thanks for the feedback, everybody!
I've added this item to the Discussions backlog and will post back here when the work is estimated. Marking this thread as "Gathering Info" for now.
Workshopped this last week. Update:
It makes sense to implement this once our messageable user framework is cleaned up in Conversations, as this will use the same search to find users to tag in a discussion, and the messageable user framework isn't nearly as efficient as it should be right now (see: long wait when searching for users to send a message in Conversations).
We are planning on addressing messageable users in 2016, and this can be made a part of that effort, so I will archive this idea now.
If there are any other thoughts on this topic, feel free to keep posting here!
So, it's 2018, which by my math is later than 2016. Any progress updates?
Most classes at Park use the discussion thread for most of the work in the class. It would be beneficial if the notifications could filter out only the content that relates to an individual students response and not all the responses. In most classes there are at least 4 responses from a student in a thread. With 30 students in a class posting 4 times that is 120 notification emails a week for 1 discussion thread. Most classes have at least 2 discussion threads a week causing 240 email notifications that a student receives for 1 class. If a students is in 3 classes that is three classes then that is about 720 notification emails you have to sort through each week.
Peyton Craighill Admin, any new updates from behind-the-scenes by any chance? In the midst of a course redesign, this would be such an awesome feature for a discussion we're building.
Hmm... perhaps license and rebrand the Jive discussion structure? It seems to do lots of what is being requested: better differentiation between threads, linking between user posts, etc. Sorry if that is a nonsensical.
@ mentions would be so beneficial! Students tend to only look at the replies on their own posts, not those of others, but I frequently mention other students in posts. An @ mention would alert the student that they need to check out this response too.
Also, the ability to link to other posts would be so helpful. That way, if I already answered a question in another post, I can just put the link to refer the student back to my previous post rather than have to type the answer all over again!@
Peyton Craighill - any updates on this? We would love to have this feature!!
Any updates on this since 10/16? A lot of Canvas users at the NERCOMP Annual Conference were just talking about how awesome this would be during a session on ways to keep online learners engaged.
Peyton Craighill, wanted to mention you in case you did not see the previous request.
Thanks to Christopher Gaudreau at a separate discussion (Student Engagement in an Online Course ), I learned about this feature request. I wonder if there has been any progress...? I think this would be a GREAT thing to add to Canvas, and I would hope that it would be the first of many more/better social features.
There was a good discussion about this at a blog post I had written back in 2015 where I posed the question in terms of person-centered streams which I think is a further dimension of this problem (my school was not on Canvas at the time, but I was participating in a cMOOC that used Canvas as a platform). Social sites like Twitter and Google+ use the @ and the @ is a big part of how they work, but more importantly those social networking sites are organized as person-centered streams (blogs, microblogs, whatever you want to call it), as opposed to topic-centered streams (like the venerable discussion board). And of course newer tools like Slack have opened up the landscape even more.
Anyway, here's that blog post, and you'll see comments from Jared Stein there. That's always amazed me about Canvas; even before my school went with Canvas, people from Canvas were out there in social spaces eager to have real convos about teaching and learning, not just about tech and products! :-)
OU Digital Teaching: Thoughts about Choosing, Change, and the 800-Pound LMS Gorilla
Now my school is on Canvas (yay!), and that's how I ended up here at the Community. I'm trying to get a Connected Learning group going, so if anybody is interested in that, I'll shamelessly put in a plug here for that request:
Group Request: Connected Learning
Hmmm...this would have been great during my most recent course. I know it's on the radar, but any update as to whether or not I should hold out hope that this is a Yay or Nay.
I've been using Canvas at the University of Colorado Denver for several years. This feature would be so so useful. In most of my classes, the de facto is for everyone to start a discussion response by listing the names of the students they are responding to. This is such a buggy solution. Sometimes a response references another user's earlier post, but is primarily responding to a different post. In these cases, you end up referencing those users, in the middle of posts, and there is basically no guarantee that those people have any idea you've done this.
This would be a great idea - especially for a forum with multiple moderators - so one moderator can ask another to comment on a specific message or thread
Hi all and Canvas User Engagement. This feature would support our courses and users immensely as we have multiple teacher accounts added to courses, based on our model of delivery. Has there or is there any movement on this at all yet?
This is also a great way to promote instructor presence. Instructors can't always see all mentions (particularly in large enrollment courses), so getting notified would be great.
In some of the courses that I support, we have a technology support discussion, the intent of which is a space where students can directly ask technical questions. The instructor doesn't monitor it--I do. When a student mis-posts to this discussion, I can tell them to ask the instructor directly, but it would certainly create a better student experience/environment of caring if I could @ mention the instructor to call attention to the post. Of course there are other ways I could do this, but @ mention is sort of the standard vernacular these days.
I would've loved this when I used Canvas as a student. There were times it could become hard to follow who you were wanting to talk to directly.
We are attempting to fully utilize Canvas discussions and are now coming up against the limitations of the discussions in the platform. @ mentions would be a useful feature to have.
The Radar idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process. You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.
This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities. This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.
How many votes do we need in order to get this feature (as well as #tagging, too)?
Adrienne, prioritization of ideas is not determined by an absolute number of votes. What is the feature development process for Canvas? and How does the feature idea process work in the Canvas Community? provide overviews of how ideas can move from the ideas forum to production.
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