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Add Save & Publish button to Annoucements

Add Save & Publish button to Annoucements

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To make behavior in Announcements consistent with all other tools in Canvas, there should be a Save & Publish button added. The Save button could then act like a 'Save Draft' feature, as it is in all other tools. There has been much confusion for our instructors because they expect the Save button to work the way it does in all other tools, saving their work but not publishing it. They don't expect it to post the announcement and send notification. Instructors have also expressed the need to save an announcement as they work (sometimes their announcements are very long) and the ability to preview how it looks before sending. That's why I think a 'Save & Publish' is a better choice than just changing the Save button to a Send button.
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Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Thank you so much for your submission Christine.  Your idea will open for voting December 2nd.

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RobDitto
Community Champion

Also see in which the Product Team mentions that an Announcements publishing capability is potentially under consideration (as of this writing, still in the formal Gathering Info state). 

For consistency with other Canvas tools, adding a Save & Publish button to Announcements definitely will get my vote.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. December 2, 2015 - Wed. March 2, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

canvas_admin
Community Champion

YES!   I've had issues recently with some of my announcements not properly displaying images.   Since there is no "draft state" for announcements, I ended up deleting and re-creating the same announcement several times before it displayed properly.   This would be super helpful!

krissywilson
Community Participant

This feature exists in Brightspace by D2L!

admin_brake
Community Participant

Yes, consistency provides better quality.

jthoms
Community Participant

In our instance, we've gone so far as to include a disclaimer on the announcement creation page, and have changed the button to read "Send / Save." I totally support this request!

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allison
Instructure
Instructure

This seems like a perfectly reasonable request and in line with the feature we already support to publish announcements on a future date. Enhancements to Announcements are not a priority right now, but I will speak with our engineers to get an idea around how much work would be required to add the Save/Publish functionality to Announcements.

cdoherty
Community Participant

Allison, I would argue that this is not an enhancement, but rather a request to rectify a usability bug. The inconsistent behavior sets up instructors for failure, when they expect the save button to save, not to publish as well. The Announcements tool is of highest importance to our users at Stanford and the current behavior is giving our transition to Canvas a black eye.

allison
Instructure
Instructure

Hi all,

I agree that not having the "Save & Publish" button in announcements is an inconsistency that can set instructors up for failure (not good!). One of our engineers has looked into this and it's actually much harder to implement than we anticipated (probably why it wasn't implemented when we first rolled out the draft state feature in Canvas). We plan to dig a little bit deeper and find out what is required before we make a final decision. Just wanted everyone on this thread to know that we are looking into it!

Allison

cdoherty
Community Participant

Allison,

I'm curious for a follow-up on why this is so difficult. The Announcements tool appears to be a tweaked version of the Discussions tool, which has a Save and a Save and Publish button. Why can the Discussions tool have a draft state, but not Announcements?

cward
Instructure
Instructure

We're still looking into this one, and I'm waiting for a response from our engineering team.

Chris

trichard
Community Member

Any update on the status of this button? It would be a useful change for our use of the platform.

tchilt
Community Participant

I would also like to hear a status update. We've had requests for this as well.

britain_woodman
Community Participant

And another one just today! They remind me that Sakai let you write and save drafts of announcements, too.

alexandra_mulli
Community Member

This would be an extremely useful tool for my team here at Sydney Uni. Being able to test links, view formatting, fix image errors and such prior to the announcement being emailed out to the busy medical practitioners we work with would be a life saver. It would also enable us to pre-write announcements and have them waiting to be 'published'.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

 

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

ryan_jackson
Community Participant

This would be a very helpful feature. I essentially use the same announcements every semester. It is very tedious to go through and copy and paste each one and/or rewrite them. PLEASE install this feature!!!!

annelies_verdoo
Community Member

Any updates on this matter? I can't believe that this suggestion has been under consideration since 2015, as it seems such a logical and necessary improvement? As a teacher you often want to make a draft of your announcement before publishing it (e.g. because you are still waiting for some information from the administration  to complete it, or because you want to check the formatting before sending it to all students). I know that there is a function to postpone the publishing of the message, but it still would be a great improvement if two options could be installed for the anouncements (as there are for all pages and modules): 'save' and 'save and publish'.  

Meanwhile 'accidents' can be avoided, by changing the 'save' buttons name to 'publish', just to draw attention to the fact that your announcement is immediately sent as soon as you hit the save-button. 

josephclaytonha
Community Participant

Is there any progress on this? It does seem like a simple bug fix- if it is too complicated to implement soon, is there any kind of timeline for when it might happen? I agree with the comment that says this is a bug, not a feature request. 

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