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Allow Admin to Set Default Course Settings for courses

Allow Admin to Set Default Course Settings for courses

It would be hugely helpful to district-level Canvas Admins to be able to modify and establish default course settings for course shells created for sections assigned to teacher users.


For example, if a teacher technology advisory committee, school principal, and/or tech department in the school or district determines that all courses published in Canvas for students and observers have settings that differ from the current defaults, then this requires a manual change to each course by the teacher and/or admin depending upon the district's user permissions.

e.g., setting grading schemes, or students rights to view, attach, etc.

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e.g., modifying default course navigation menu items to be viewable to students...

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I suggest that Canvas develop a feature that would allow an admin to simply set the course settings defaults prior to the creation of courses within subaccounts, manually or via SIS integration.


This feature could be available in one or more of the following locations of the Admin navigation menu:

(a) Courses

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(b) Add a New Course

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(c) Settings

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(d) Subaccounts

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Community Coach

Thank you vrs07nl

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The Ventura County Community Colleges District would also like this.

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Community Team

This is a valuable and important idea, for all of the use cases that you presented!  Thank you for taking the time to submit this idea and provide such great detail.  While we would love to build this, it is not something that we see in our roadmap for the next 6-12 months.  Please continue to converse on this thread and be sure to follow it to receive updates as they come available.  We are going to set this idea in holding (archive) for now.


Mistake. Should be a priority.

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This particular idea would have saved me several hours of course editing. For example, I was commissioned with getting nearly 60 courses' navigation menus to all look the same. To do this took several hours... If this feature is implemented, I can see nearly every institution actively using it to provide consistent service to their students. Totally would vote for this idea!

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I completely agree with you guys that this should be functionality that exists in Canvas.  I will be launching close to 20K courses in the next 2 weeks as our K12 district gears up for the 2016/17 year.  I have solved this problem by running a script that sets all the courses the way that I need to have them, e.g. shut off grade distribution dashboard, shut off comments on announcements, etc.   If you are interested, I'm happy to share that script with you and you can modify to suit your own needs.  I tend to run this once at the beginning of the year, but we had a previous script that I ran daily to ensure the settings stayed as we desired them.

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I would love to have that script! Could you send it to me at

Adventurer​, can you please share your script with me?  Smiley Happy  thank you!

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In the past, we've worked with faculty to come up with the ideal course default template with our other LMS's, but Canvas does not allow us to do much with course setting defaults.  We have to contact our account manager to request that one of the nav items be set to hidden, or try to add some code to the app config to do it.  (Yet another customization to which to keep track.  Meh. )  Anywhoo, please give the control of this back to the admins.  As more and more apps get added, that nav list can get long.  When they're added, we have to inform faculty that they'll "need to hide it if not using it."  Again, meh...  Smiley Wink