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Allow folders in Pages

Allow folders in Pages

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Greetings all.
Conversations in the community unthread after 100 comments, making the conversation difficult to follow, and official comments hard to find. For this reason we're posting our most recent update here:

We know this is an important topic to many. We appreciate all of the use cases (pros/cons) that have been presented and the ideas for solutions. We are working toward a longer range strategy that we envision solving many of the struggles you've expressed here. We do not have an immediate solution. Stay plugged into the Canvas Ideas space to watch this strategy unfold (beginning with Assignments 2.0)

The Files section of Canvas allows folders for organizing files. Pages does not. Why the awful inconsistency in the user interface? I currently have 30+ pages that I've created in - all in flat directory structure. I'd like to be able to organize them, you know, like Files and stuff I have on my computer.
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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

nsweeten@bruinmail.slcc.edu This is brilliant

I am concerned that Canvas has lost some direction over the last 18 months.

Over a year ago, we were promised a re-focus on supporting teaching and learning with more programmers/developers and I am yet to see this realised. Something really needs to be done to the feature idea. You sense a growing frustration as ideas continued to be voted on in large numbers yet remain in the community (some for up to 5 yrs) with no evidence of any developments or comment. The core product has stopped becoming agile and the sheer number of Ideas and comments seem to inhibit effective changes/improvements.  

I like many users would like to see more attention paid to developing and improving the core product. With no InstructureCon this summer we are missing any statement/comment from Senior Product Managers as to future plans - this is a worry! Some of the road maps on the site are very vague indeed. I get very frustrated when I see core developments on other LMS committed to monthly timescales and then carried out.

Recent news from Instructure is a concern with the PE takeover and recent large number of redundancies (including development teams). I would really like to get some reassurances from the company that they will continue to make a great product even better for our current learners, not those ''at some time in the future''.

UPDATE: So this appeared in my timelines - https://www.instructure.com/canvas/blog/laying-out-canvas-product-roadmap-we-continue-through-covid-... - A response from Mitch Benson about the Canvas timeline. Personally speaking I would actually like to know what these new developments/features will be!

Learner II

I think the delete thing has slowly been fixed. It used to be a real annoyance. I don't want to hit edit every time I have to delete an item. It would be nice to able to publish, delete and move items in bulk using some type of multiple selection method.

Community Member

YES YES YES!!!  I would love to see the folder option added for ALL areas of Canvas (Pages, Assignments, Quizzes, etc.) . As an elementary teacher, I use pages with links to assignments, etc for my students to navigate.  I tried then using Modules to organize my materials (only for teacher to view).  BUT . . . it then gave students the "back" and "next" buttons which I did not want them to use since the modules were only set up for my own organization.  Not for student use.  

Explorer III

kerry.abbott@apsva.us‌. It sounds like your approach to modules is working for you, though, just in case: I'll share this.

Faculty design training for Canvas modules (excerpt):

  • Use the Modules feature exclusively for the benefit and user needs of the students.
  • Arrange (and hide) the Assignments tab for the exclusive benefit of the teacher, ie,. to calculate the grade book correctly and to match the weighted percentages promised in the Syllabus.
    • This looks something like categories/groups in the Assignments tab: Discussions worth 20% of total grade, quizzes worth 20%, Final Exam worth 20%, Assignments worth 40%. Much better than reverse-engineering points to some magic number that always ends up needing to be changed. 

It seems that my faculty left to their own devices would constantly attempt to do this the other way round! Using the tools the exact opposite of the way they are programmed.   SO, obviously not intuitive, but my approach above does not "fight" with the Canvas software programming.

Organized modules will serve as an extension of the Calendar and a Lesson plan somewhat, for a substitute teacher and also for students to review previous week's materials.  It helps to start every module with a Weekly Overview Page. (Each overview can be consistently patterned with headings like : This week:, Topics covered:, When you complete this week's material, you will be able to...)

My workaround for organizing private teaching materials--besides the student view of modules with a weekly overview page--is to have a dedicated page with the Lesson Plans/outlines, Canvas files, .ppts , whatever, all linked in a Canvas content page.  I label the first module in my lineup Instructor Materials *DO NOT PUBLISH*.

It eliminates a lot of hassle and confusion to pre-build all this. Then, any teacher can pick right up and nothing is stored in anyone's head. 

Surveyor

This feature is definitely something needed

Surveyor

Yes, please, please, please. I didn't really notice a need for this before. Now that we've moved to online teaching for the year -- and mostly asynchronous -- the number of pages that I have to create is huge compared to anything I've done before. Plus I have to import modules created by other units at the university so I'm also scrolling through their pages which I would like to just dump into a folder so I don't have to be sorting them out.

Surveyor

I vote for a better way to organize pages. Sometimes you want to have your pages organized by type rather than module, like all the Summary pages grouped together or all the Overview and Introduction pages grouped, so you can see what you have built already and what's missing and can easily copy and edit from an already existing page. It is frustrating to have to open and look at each Module to find what you are looking for or spend so much time scrolling down your entire list of pages to find what you are looking for. 

Surveyor

Yes PLEASE!  For the love of everything good, PLEASE allow folders to organize pages!

Surveyor

PLEASE!!!!!! I have so many pages and folders would help get me organized!

Surveyor

I would LOVE to have a folder option.   I have a page for each day and create links on the page.   But I have to look through all of my quiz links or assignment links to find the link I want to use.

It would be nice if I could put all of my quizzes from one topic in a folder, and all of my assignments from one topic in a folder.   That way I am not scrolling through all of my assignments or quizzes looking for the right one.