S9300807
Community Contributor

Color Overlay - off by default?

I'm beginning to think that the color overlay on the Dashboard should be off by default.  From a clearly design perspective it mostly detracts from courses that have an image. What's your opinion?  coloroverlay 

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kona
Coach Emeritus

Yep, that would be my preference as well. Drives me crazy!

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

And it was a long drawn-out process to even get them to add the option to turn it off; originally you couldn't even turn it off!

I make it a point to tell students about this in my "tech tip" about customizing the Dashboard.

Online Course Wiki / Canvas Dashboard 

(the feature they seem to like best is choosing their own nickname for courses, which really is good at my school because the course naming conventions in the official listing are really unhelpful)

There's a cool feature request that would let students choose their own coursecard images by the way!

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/10557 

Students would love that. Admins might not, haha. Ah, the price of engagement!

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Boekenoogen
Community Contributor

Yes, I agree 100%. It should be an off or on button.

phelpsja
New Member

I totally agree. I have thought this since the beginning. The color overlay will only look right with certain images and colors, so having it on by default makes no sense.

joseph_allen
Community Champion

This makes a lot of sense.  Many, if not most of our teachers are using images on their course cards now and the color overlay just makes it look odd.   

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tina_busch
Community Contributor

A big thumbs up from me, would definitely prefer it to be off by default.

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adon_irani
New Member

Could it be off by default when an image is present. Otherwise on? 

Also - I believe colours are per user settings, so one course may appear with multiple colours, no? If that's the case, perhaps when an image exists the overlay is replaced with a border on the image. This way the colour swathes in the calendar would be retained. 

S9300807
Community Contributor

when color overlay is off the courses without an image will still display a variety of colors. 

robert_spadoni
New Member

If the Canvas designers want the color overlay on, so that any user will see differently colored cards for his or her courses, then that might be a way to differentiate the cards for any Canvas user interface. If so, then turning random overlay off as the default might have a counterargument. However, if an admin/teacher uploads an *image* for his or her card, then, automatically, Canvas should turn the overlay off (or give the admin/teacher a way to do it for *all users of that course*). I made the image for my film class a shot from a film that is famous for its use of green. The image is brown, pink, red, etc., on my students' computers. 

If the color overlay of off by default the color card will still display. I don't think have it off by default will impact that

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robert_spadoni
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Dear users, the version of this open issue with the most votes is, I believe, this one: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/8611-new-color-overlay-feature-should-have-a-way-to-change-def... . Please consider voting and commenting there, so that hopefully we can get this change made. Thanks. 

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danielcktan
Community Contributor

Yes, colour overlay should be off when there is an course image.

If the developers feel that the course color is an important feature for user dashboard customisation, then a coloured top border will be sufficient.

julie_fairless
New Member

The default should be colour overlay off

rudeb
New Member

I agree. Having the color overlay on images by default makes the dashboard look unfinished. It also takes away from the consistency in how students dashboard looks.

rachel_knowles
New Member

Definitely needs to be "OFF" by default. It makes our courses look terrible! All of our courses have images. 

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penny_christens
Community Participant

I wonder if it is on for student-convenience? It is on and cannot be turned off in the mobile view.

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Actually I just went into the iOS student app and there is a toggle for color overlay!

Sky V.

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S9300807
Community Contributor

Can we vote this up again?  It needs to be off by default 

terry_roundtree
Community Member

Agreed! Disabling the color overlay by default would be extremely helpful. Every course has an image and having an overlay makes it look like there is something wrong with the course, the image, or Canvas. It looks like the course isn't complete.  

dspiel
Community Participant

One would think this is a no brainer... but it seems when something is really wanted it gets ignored Smiley Sad

Is this a featured idea? If so please include the link so I can vote for it.

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ChristineAhern
Community Member

I'd like to add my voice for no color overlay by default!

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Hello everyone...

As mentioned a couple times up-thread, there is an existing Feature Idea titled New "Color Overlay" feature should have a way to c... - Instructure Community that I'd encourage you to take a look at, give a star rating (if you haven't done this yet), and maybe even post a comment on that thread to let Instructure know why this would be important to you.  Take care, all...

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