When students want to start an assignment it is confusing to see a "Submit Assignment" button. Either the button should say "Start Assignment" or the student should see a content editor where they can type their assignment.
When new feature ideas are repeats of old ones, we like to link to the earlier ideas. This brings a frame of reference to the current idea as well as letting people who were following the other discussion know about this one in case they want to participate here.
This idea was brought up previously in November 2016 and a lengthy discussion followed. Changing the "Submit Assignment" Button . The idea is controversial and there was strong opposition to the idea then. While most ideas get only up votes and sometimes a few down votes, this one had 170 votes up, but 61 votes down.
That thread is archived, which means that you'll need to join the Cold Storage group to be able to see it, so I'll highlight the end-result here for those who don't wish to join cold storage.
In February 2017, Instructure (Jason Sparks) made this comment.
Thank you for such a great discussion on this topic. We appreciate the insight shared here. At this time we will not develop this idea or make changes to our assignment workflow. Our user experience research indicates the workflow is appropriate at this time. We will, however, take your insights under consideration for possible future projects.
Thank you for your response, James. My membership request to see why some people think this isn't a good idea is pending. Although I tried to see why Canvas was reluctant to address this confusion, the comments you quoted really shed no light on the reasoning. However, clearly, the idea has traction from its history. I would, of course, have voted the idea up if it hadn't been shelved by Canvas.
I submitted the idea after a day of training educators using Canvas for the first time. English is not their first language and they hesitated to use the button when they wanted to start the assignment. I found it similarly confusing as a native English speaker (I've spent considerable time in England and in the US). The same button is also used when actually submitting the assignment. I suggested "Start Assignment" but "Begin Assignment" is also fine, anything to avoid confusion for students - hopefully we can carefully consider the student experience using the product.
OK I now see Cold Storage. Here are some responses:
Begin Assignment Submission
I would call this button "Access Assignment" or something like that. It does confuse students the way is it now, especially since they see a second "Submit Assignment" on the next screen.
I agree, the "submit Assignment" button would make more sense if it said "Begin Assignment" or something similar instead of "submit assignment". I have a small contingent that would like to reopen this for voting, to see if we can get enough support for a second look.
Chris Bishop opened the topic and previously a similar suggestion was over a hundred votes up but apparently not quickly enough. The people who voted down, in the responses I've seen so far, wanted institutions to change the buttons themselves or were able to "walk around the room and convince students to press the button"!
Ann, thanks for providing the summary of the previous idea for those who don't want to go into cold storage. That was extremely helpful and considerate.
I don't think it was a lack of votes quick enough, though. Never was there a guarantee that 100 votes would get something implemented. For a while, 100 votes meant that it would be reviewed and commented on by Instructure. I think that as more people joined the Community, it became too easy to get 100 votes and there were too many ideas meeting the threshold. It's been revised a couple of times since then and the current wording says "Ideas are open for six months. Following six months, ideas in the top 10th percentile of vote will remain in the general forum. Ideas in the bottom 90th percentile will be archived and moved out of the general forum which makes room for new ideas."
It's been a while since the 100 vote threshold was dropped, but there is still a common misconception that 100 votes means Canvas is going to implement something.
The reason I used one of my very rare "down votes" was because I'm not sure "Start Assignment" or "Begin Assignment" is much better. Although I do not teach (just a Canvas admin for our school), I would think that many students are "starting" or "beginning" their assignment offline...such as writing a paper, creating a PowerPoint presentation, etc. The process of submitting an assignment comes at the end...once you have completed the work offline. So, for me, "Submit Assignment" is okay.
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