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Robbie_Grant
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Voting for Admin Feature Requests (Ideas)

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Hello Canvas Admins!

As you may have seen, the voting period has opened for several of the feature requests.  One of the issues that has always faced the Admins, is our low numbers.  We have features out there that we want to see implemented, but we need to vote them up.  Here is a short list that is out there now:

I am sure that there are more that I missed.

Get out the vote!!!

Robbie

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scottdennis
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Hey  @Robbie_Grant ​

Great idea to help Canvas Admins leverage their voice in the feature voting process.  You should all be able to add tags to ideas.  Would you mind testing that theory please?  If you can add tags, I'll add a widget to the overview page of this group so you can see a handy list of posts people have tagged with canvas admin​

BTW; I'll go ahead and mark this answered as it isn't really an open question.

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Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Here are a handful that I've posted as feature ideas:

Hi  @Chris_Hofer ​ I think the help Menu could be re-written using  JS and CSS, I'm thinking of doing it in fact my self.
A nice example of extended functionality can be found here ( see  @lbouthillier ​'s post on customization ).

I posted a link to source files on github in this repo (canvas-contrib).

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

As a follow up, here are the admin requests (compiled from  @Robbie_Grant ​ and  @Chris_Hofer ​) that haven't reached 30 votes yet. Get out there admin's and show your support! Smiley Happy

  • (2 votes as of right now)
  • " modifiedtitle="true" title="Inactive Links in "Help" Menu (2 votes as of right now)
  • (2 votes as of right now)
  • (6 votes as of right now)
  • (7 votes as of right now)
  • (7 votes as of right now)
  • (12 votes as of right now)
  • (15 votes as of right now)
  • (28 votes as of right now)

Already over the 30 vote count!

  • (31 votes as of right now)
millerjm
Community Champion

Here is one that I submitted with 26 votes.  Our implementation specialist and CSM are support of it as well...please vote for it.  Smiley Happy

SethBattis
Community Contributor

At Kona's suggestion, let me throw another request (of mine) in, perhaps one that would make course setup at less cumbersome:

Not yet vote-able, but coming soon to a ballot box near you.

bschneider
New Member

I added a request for Inbox message creation UI design change.

Bug:: Instructors are having a difficult time distinguishing which course they are selecting from the drop down menu do to the course titles are getting cut off in the drop down menu.

Possible fix: Looking at the code I could add some custom css to increase the width of drop down selection but, the text has been abbrevia

Sample of issue/fix: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x50miyax4g36se6/Canvas-inbox-issue-fix.png

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1518

John_Lowe
Community Champion

Don't forget about including Firefox ESR support!  https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1134

I'm sure we all work with or know the folks who manage institutional computer labs, and this is a big one for them.  In fact, it may be the BIGGEST one for computer lab administrators on this list.  Let's help them make their wish a reality.

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1134

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hey  @Robbie_Grant ​

Great idea to help Canvas Admins leverage their voice in the feature voting process.  You should all be able to add tags to ideas.  Would you mind testing that theory please?  If you can add tags, I'll add a widget to the overview page of this group so you can see a handy list of posts people have tagged with canvas admin​

BTW; I'll go ahead and mark this answered as it isn't really an open question.

This is a great idea!

Hey awilliams,

Are you able to add tags to feature idea submissions that others have submitted?

That's a negative ghost rider.

😕

buddyhall
Community Champion

I'll just leave this here:   

It's a new request I put in today, but I'd like to get your thoughts. As people keep asking us to add integrations with Lecture Capture, Clickers, Publisher Content, and to enable things like Roll Call and SCORM the navigation menu can grow quite a bit.  Are you all doing anything to help manage that so it doesn't turn into the hot mess that is Blackboard with so many bloated options that it becomes overwhelming? Do you have any approval processes or policies about what gets added?

Nice one  @buddyhall ​!

We build curriculum into Canvas "Master Term" courses for our instructors, and then we give them access to import content to their own sections.  One of the things we do when building content is re-order the left navigation buttons in this order:

Home

Syllabus

Announcements

Modules

Files

Grades

Conferences

Collaborations

Chat

The rest are hidden from student view.  Instructors often change this in their own courses, but at least we're providing a "template" of the tools we think are the most helpful for them and their students.

Same here  @Chris_Hofer ​. Also, it seems like I remember seeing a similar idea somewhere, maybe in the old community, that would allow account admins to also make some of those items un-removable to comply with institutional requirements.

SethBattis
Community Contributor

Good idea. Combined with, say… ​ or ​ one could practically set up a consistent, institution-specific Canvas instance.

dwillmore
Community Champion

I personally like to have a separate voting area for admins.   While I understand that Insructure would not want focus only on the admin requests I would think they should be handled differently from the UI and usability requests.

John_Lowe
Community Champion

 @dwillmore , as long as Instructure hold's true that the number of votes doesn't influence the priority of the response, then I think the current system is manageable.  Post here and we can get admin community support over the 30 votes mark!

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

Another item to vote for:

The ability to edit Global Announcements (this request also asks for a "preview" button that can be used prior to saving).

It needs 7 more votes to get it moved to the next stage.

Thanks!

awilliams
Instructure
Instructure

Shameless plug for one of my ideas that's hovering just below the 30 threshold:

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Already voted!

John_Lowe
Community Champion

27 now.  Smiley Happy

SethBattis
Community Contributor

Here's one that I had initially poo-pooed until  @mlattke ​ (perhaps unintentionally) lit a fire under me: ​.

Essentially, we set up observers in our systems, but they aren't even second-class users -- they receive practically no notifications, even when they are requested. I spent a while testing exactly which notifications they receive, and it's very, very basic.

I'd love for this to get up-voted, if only so we can get a real response from Canvas about it (a fix would be even better, but a response would be keen).

Thank you,  @SethBattis ​!!  Couldn't agree with you more!

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

I realize this one applies to instructors as well, but as an Admin, I do sometimes get requests to edit quiz questions for courses.  This only has 7 votes right now, and it's an idea I really miss (coming from a previous LMS, Pearson eCollege's LearningStudio). 

Kerlene_King
Community Member

I wanted to add to this thread an issue we open numerous cases for during the year because of the misleading error message.

buddyhall
Community Champion

It's a new month with new voting opportunities for admins. What features have you requested that are up for voting now? ​ is now up for voting!

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Voted!

John_Lowe
Community Champion

The Role Permissions Checker idea is now up for voting. 

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Voted!

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Voted!

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

I would like to add one, it just opened for voting this month:

You use to be able to go to the "Department Level" directly from a course's Course Details page but that option went away after the "edit" button on the page left. Now if you are in a course and discover that the issue you are investigating is either at the Sub-Account/Department level or in multiple courses in that Sub-Account you have to navigate through the Sub-Accounts to get there (and hope you know where to start on the first try).

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Chris_Hofer
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Here is another... 

As admins, my team gets questions from our faculty using PCs in our computer labs and computer classrooms who cannot see some of the buttons on the right side of their course(s).  This is because screen resolutions are set differently for the projectors.  Please consider voting for this one...thanks in advance.

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kona
Community Coach
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I just messaged  @Renee_Carney  and asked her to delete it. Smiley Happy