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Allow account admins to set default course navigation menu

Allow account admins to set default course navigation menu

It would be great if we could set a default course navigation menu to hide additional tools unless instructors wanted to use them.


With the increasing number of additional Canvas and third-party LTI integrations that add items to the course navigation, it can quickly grow to be daunting and intimidating. It would be great if we could set these items (Roll Call Attendance, SCORM, Lecture Capture and Publisher LTIs, etc.) to be automatically disabled in the navigation, but instructors could go in and enable them if they want to use them.

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This would be hugely useful. We have purchased an App for use by only our Music teachers - now a thousand other teachers need to be asked to drag it out of view so their students don't use up licenses.

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The ability to hide Course Navigation buttons from both teacher/student view via Blueprint or another admin. mechanism is sorely missing. This is especially true for standardized programs (like fully online programs) where you may have a set menu of 5 buttons, let's say, and faculty may be asked to not use the other buttons (but rather, use Modules to present all materials/activities in a linear fashion). By default, our poor current teachers are presented with 26 (!!!!) non-alphabetized buttons including Home and Settings. And, even if we want to, we can only remove 10 of those buttons, leaving us with 16 mandatory buttons for faculty, even if they only use Syllabus, Modules, and Grades (for example). A key reason we left Blackboard was button clutter. Really hoping we can get some traction on this.

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Allowing admins to set a default course navigation would be hugely helpful. Like someone else who commented here, we though blueprint courses would be the answer but they aren't granular enough. We don't want the template to override the course start/end dates entered through our SIS import, but there seems no way around this. What we really want is to standardize our newly created courses so the home page is set to Syllabus and simplifies the navigation. If Admins could set some of these course defaults, that would be immensely helpful. 

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This would be extremely helpful for out teachers and students. By having the ability to set them at a default would eliminate the need to try and train all the teachers how to do it manually.

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Totally agree. Both institutions I have worked for ask teachers to hide all but a few navigation options. This is particular important for younger learners, as the index links can create mass confusion for them in a year-long course.