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mathew
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I am a faculty and I use Canvas DISCUSSIONS a lot in my teaching. Often I want to look at a specific students responses to discussions that have happened through the whole semester. In other words, if over the course of a semester there were 20 different discussion threads and I want to find how one student, (let's say Kelly Nash) has responded to all the different discussions, I would like to be able to enter the student's name (say Kelly' Nash) in the search bar and get all of Kelly's responses as the output. Currently I do not think this is possible in Canvas. Am I right? Is there anyway I can do this? I must admit I do not understand the Canvas DISCUSSIONS search function at all. When I enter a keyword or a student's unique last name in the search bar I do not understand the results that show up (or the "no items") when I run  the search. Any help would be deeply appreciated.

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kona
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 @mathew , greetings! I'm sorry your question has sat here for so long without a response. You are correct that there is no way on the front end of Canvas to get this information. There is a way to count the number of posts for a course - https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/canvas-developers/blog/2016/01/02/how-to-count-student-discus... - but this wouldn't include the actual text of each discussion. 

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kona
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 @mathew , greetings! I'm sorry your question has sat here for so long without a response. You are correct that there is no way on the front end of Canvas to get this information. There is a way to count the number of posts for a course - https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/canvas-developers/blog/2016/01/02/how-to-count-student-discus... - but this wouldn't include the actual text of each discussion. 

Kona

Darth
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Request if this addition has been added?

richkingsford
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You might try Atomic Search

This Canvas plugin lets you search discussions (and other things) just like you'd expect. 

tolamarie
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I'm wondering if a keyword search that would search all the discussions in a class at once is being considered by Canvas. This is the only learning management system I've ever used that does not offer this feature and it's one I use frequently in the other LMSs. This is very frustrating when I'm looking for something in a class and I have to go in and out of each discussion searching individually. I see someone recommended an app called Atomic Search. Does Canvas recommend this? Does it work?

Hello Barbara (@tolamarie)...

While I do not have any experience using the external tool LTI integration called "Atomic Search" by Atomic Jolt, I do know that they have an information page with a short video on how their integration works with Canvas.  It appears they also offer a 30-day free trial before you decide to purchase.  Check out this link: Atomic Jolt | Atomic Search

I hope this will help a bit, Barbara.  Let Community members know if you have any other questions about this...thanks!

Thank you for answering me. I followed the link for Atomic Jolt and it looks like it is for institutional use and not individual use. Am I correct? I have to ask for a price quote and they want to know the number of students. The sample fill-in-the-blank is 5,000 students. I wanted it for my personal use as a faculty. 

Hi @tolamarie ...

I don't work for Atomic Jolt (I work at a Technical College in Wisconsin), so I wouldn't be able to answer those questions.  It does look like you could schedule a demo with the Atomic Jolt folks, and I'm sure they would be able to answer all those questions for you.  Also, if your school has a paid Canvas account, maybe there would be interest and dollars available to purchase Atomic Search for all of the instructors at your school...not just you.  So, in that case, a conversation with your school's local Canvas administrator would be appropriate.

Hope this helps a bit!