Color Overlay - off by default?
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.
(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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...