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Add a "like" button, star ratings, or "mark as helpful" options to discussion posts

Add a "like" button, star ratings, or "mark as helpful" options to discussion posts

  This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas
  Idea will be open for vote May 5th - August 5th, 2015 Learn more about voting...

 

As a user, I'd like to be able to give feedback on discussion posts other than posting a threaded reply. For instance, I'd like to "like" a post or rate it (using stars or a similar rating scale) or mark it as helpful. Any or all of these options would allow me to interact with other users' discussion posts quickly and efficiently and add another dimension of interactivity to discussion-type assignments and activities.

transferred from the old Community

Originally posted by: Matt McGhie

Special thanks for contributions from: Lynne S. McNeill, Mark Ellis, Sylvia Newman

 

 

Comment by Instructure

You can enable liking on a discussion by editing your discussion and using the checkbox to 'allow liking'.  There are additional tools below the checkbox, but they do not need to be enabled for liking to occur!

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The thumbs up button will then appear next to the reply option:

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32 Comments
aromashko
New Member

I've received a few requests similar to this from my accounts.  Can't wait till it opens for voting!!

john_morris
Community Member

At the option of the instructor, this should be configurable to allow everyone to "Like" or just the instructor. I am using a Discussion as a means of teaching vocabulary. I want to quickly alert students reviewing the Discussion that one or two entries are done according to instructions. Rather than just a "Like" count as is done in this Community forum, however, I want to put a star by an entry so it stands out... possibly even "promote" it by raising it to the top of the threaded discussion as we do in this Community forum when someone provides the "correct" answer to a question.

John_Lowe
Community Champion

 @john_morris ​'s suggestion of the "correct" answer would really make the discussion boards shine!  That way, instructor likes take precedence over peer liking.  I'll vote for this on Cinco de Mayo!

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi everyone...looks like your wish is being granted.  :smileygrin:

Canvas Beta Release Notes (2015-05-04)

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

I'm pretty excited to "like" this! :-)​

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Me too!  (And I just "liked" your reply.)  Smiley Wink

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Right, so we will have a 'like' function that will be a setting at the course level, for all users in a course.  So a vote for this idea becomes a vote for more options such as Star Ratings or Mark as Helpful.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Absolutely! A star rating and helpful options would also be pretty awesome.

It would also be nice if some of these things could get automatically incorporated into the course grade or show up like the peer review information does in speedgrader.

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Star ratings and Helpful marks would be great additions to Canvas discussions, too!  :smileygrin:

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Just out of curiosity; if people had both likes and star ratings, how would you use them differently.  In yesterday's CanvasLIVE​ session, I though Deactivated user​ did a great job of explaining how he uses the 'like' and 'mark helpful' features in the community differently.  Curious to hear what others think?

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

I see what you are saying,  @scottdennis ​.  This is just my opinion, but I think the star ratings (as they are used here on Jive) *may* be better for documents, guides, or other "information" content in a course.  I'm not sure that I would really want to give a star rating to someone's discussion post...rating them on a scale of 1 to 5.  That might lead to some hurt feelings even if the person who posted didn't know who rated the comment.  I would agree that a "Mark as Helpful" option would be nice, though...in addition to the "Like" feature we're getting soon.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

My thought is:

  • like is a way to literally indicate that I like this, it was funny, but doesn't necessarily need to be helpful or add to the discussion
  • helpful is a way to indicate that this was information that I find useful, something I didn't know, or somehow adds value/quality to the discussion or my understanding of topic OR this was not helpful and didn't add to the discussion (for unhelpful)
  • star ratings is a way to indicate how useful something was, so a step up from helpful in that you can actually rate how useful the information was to the discussion. This is the feature I think would be to have the choice to incorporate into the student's actual grade. Kind of like a way for students to provide "peer feedback" on other student's posts.
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

I wonder if it would be more useful if we had a discussion tool in the LMS that had both 'likes' and star ratings and, maybe just the teacher, or maybe everyone, could see an aggregate rating based on the stars.  Maybe if there were up to five stars and anyone could use them to rate a given post and you could see an aggregate 'score' for the post based on all the ratings given?

I'm just brainstorming here.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

I really like that idea because it might add a little competition and fun to the discussions - who got the most stars? How many people liked my post?

I know that type of external motivation doesn't work on everyone, but if it's used right I think it will work for a lot of students! Since we should have the like feature in Canvas by summer I'm totally incorporating it into the gamification aspects of the online course I'm teaching. I haven't figured out all the details, but I'm thinking about a weekly award (badge) to the person whose post gets the most likes.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

OK, we are dangerously close to needing to move this over to Instructional Designers​ but this is getting interesting.  In what contexts would subtle or not so subtle, non-grade based competition help engage learners?  In what contexts would this be inappropriate?

Like I said, probably about time to move this thread or start if over elsewhere, but fascinating, to me anyway.

 @G_Petruzella ​

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Agreed! And done - Likes, Helpfuls, and Stars in Canvas? - just started this discussion in the Instructional Designers group! 🙂

jordan
Instructure
Instructure

If only Jive would let us mark Canvas Feature Ideas​ comments as helpful! Anyway... still lovejive​

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

awilliams​ contributed a very complete breakout of how one might differentiate the use of similar features in another post that I will link to for anyone reading the comments in this post:

clong
Community Champion

There was some concern in other discussion about the use of the Star because it is already in use elsewhere in Canvas. Just so this doesn't get lost I wanted to advocate that this is the best use of a Star because it is some prevalent in the Web & Mobile Apps.

So if this feature idea makes it, change the Stars in other places in Canvas Such as the Course menu to checks. Maybe something like this:

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htdaniel
New Member

I was really excited about the addition of the like button but right now, students can't see WHO likes their post (including the instructor/TAs) nor can the instructor see WHO liked a post (which prevents it's use as part of the class participation grade). This feature should be added, especially to the speedgrader function and it would be great if we could click a like button from speedgrader as we're grading. I also agree that a rating system could have it's own distinct use beyond the like button but the same need for tracking who rated it what exists.