Allow Admin to Set Default Course Settings for courses

Idea created by Chris Ebsch on Feb 23, 2016
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    It would be hugely helpful to district-level Canvas Admins to be able to modify and establish default course settings for course shells created for sections assigned to teacher users.


    For example, if a teacher technology advisory committee, school principal, and/or tech department in the school or district determines that all courses published in Canvas for students and observers have settings that differ from the current defaults, then this requires a manual change to each course by the teacher and/or admin depending upon the district's user permissions.

    e.g., setting grading schemes, or students rights to view, attach, etc.

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    e.g., modifying default course navigation menu items to be viewable to students...

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    I suggest that Canvas develop a feature that would allow an admin to simply set the course settings defaults prior to the creation of courses within subaccounts, manually or via SIS integration.


    This feature could be available in one or more of the following locations of the Admin navigation menu:

    (a) Courses

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    (b) Add a New Course

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    (c) Settings

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    (d) Subaccounts

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      Comments from Instructure


    August 2016 Update

    This is a valuable and important idea, for all of the use cases that you presented!  Thank you for taking the time to submit this idea and provide such great detail.  While we would love to build this, it is not something that we see in our roadmap for the next 6-12 months.  Please continue to converse on this thread and be sure to follow it to receive updates as they come available.  We are going to set this idea in holding (archive) for now.