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ericwhitmer
Community Contributor

Assigning Students

I keep running into where faculty are assigning to individual students and deleting the original assignment group of students when they are assigning to other students. I then get a frantic email saying the faculty's grade book is missing grades.

How do I mitigate this issue to where it happens less often?

Thanks.

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stuart_ryan
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @ericwhitmer ,

I was wondering, how do the students get allocated in the first place? I know at our institution we have backend automated processes which do this, so one way around any further modifications is to remove the ability for a teacher (or faculty administrator if they have sub-account administrator status) to add or remove students. That way, only the external process would govern the student enrolments and could help significantly.

Is that something that might work in your situation?

Cheers,
Stuart

ericwhitmer
Community Contributor

Hi there  @stuart_ryan ,

I'm not trying to add or remove students from a course. It is in regarding with assigning individual students inside a specific assignment, as in, giving a student an extended deadline for an assignment. The instructor will delete out the original assign to Everyone and then assign it to the individual student.

Hi  @ericwhitmer ,

Thank you for the clarification, that makes sense.

Natively, I don't think there is a way to do so. I will share this with the Canvas Developers‌ group to see if there might be someone who could come up with some creative JavaScript to help in some way.

I would also say, while not a *perfect* solution, you may be able to script something using the APIs to detect and notify you of this (and if you could come up with some specific enough rules) rectify the situation.

Though, I would also see if there is any way you could do some user training (as we found that super effective). We have a Staff Community course in Canvas and it goes through quite a few gotchas that we have found our users run into. Often more detailed than the Canvas Guides it adds some additional context relevant to our institution, and we have found encouraging staff to review this, really helps them (and us) out.

Hope that gives you a few ideas and that someone might be able to help with the Javascript option too!

Stuart

Robbie_Grant
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @ericwhitmer ,

Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment. Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.

Robbie