The mute assignment feature is very useful, but professors often forget to unmute assignments afterwards.
I suggest that Canvas display a notification on the Dashboard if an assignment is left muted for more than 24 hours, like this:
Kona Jones, I'm just wondering if you could share your reason for voting this down. Is there something about it that you find problematic?
Steven, I actually wrote up a response to why I down voted it back when I voted, but ended up deleting it. Yet, since you are asking, it's that I (as a teacher) often use the mute tool for things I want muted for a week or possibly more at a time. Having something pop up and remind me every time I do this - which I do a lot - seems like it would be more of an annoyance than a help. I've also used "mute" as a work around for other things (where I leave it muted for even longer periods of time) and getting this reminder, while not truly intrusive, wouldn't necessarily be appreciated. It might actually cause me to get confused (think one thing is actually something else) and accidentally un-mute something that I really did want muted. With my other hat - Director of Online Learning - my thought is that we've used Canvas for 5+ years and I rarely if ever have faculty forget to un-mute and it actually cause a problem or issue.
I guess my overall thought is that from my experience as a teacher and a Canvas Admin this isn't a big deal and why spend the limited engineer hours on this when things like attendance are a hot mess. ;-)
Thanks for that feedback. It's very useful to learn from someone else's experience and organizational context. It seems your seasoned faculty have indeed grown accustomed to the use of the mute function. I too am a Canvas administrator but we have a large population of adjunct faculty who come and go each term. They are often new to Canvas and unfamiliar with muting, which means they often leave something muted—usually final papers since they'd be reminded by students of anything earlier in the term. This means the final grades get calculated incorrectly and then synced into our student information system, leading to tons of manual work to do manual grade change requests for every student in the class.
Perhaps a different approach—instead of a set 24 hours—would be to have the user opt-in to a reminder at the time they turn muting on. They could set the interval at which they'd want to be reminded.
Or perhaps I'm targeting the wrong issue. Perhaps Canvas shouldn't let you sync to the SIS if you have an assignment muted; it should prompt you to unmute at that point. Or perhaps it should sync, but should include all grades even if the assignment is left muted.
I'm hoping you and others will help refine this reasoning.
I do like the idea of a reminder that an assignment is muted, but 24 hours isn't realistic for me, either. Opt-in with a time might help. Actually, I think I'd like a reminder any time all of the submissions have grades and I haven't released....
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