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Allow individual extension for a student in an assignment

Allow individual extension for a student in an assignment

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  Idea will be open for vote May 5th, 2015 - August 5th, 2015  Learn more about voting...

Individual students often need a few more days to complete an assignment (not a quiz) and currently there is no way to grant individuals extensions to the deadline without affecting the whole class.

 

We need to be able to select an individual in an assignment and give them an extension of n=X days before their submission gets marked as late.

 

  Response from Instructure

Canvas Studio: Differentiated Assignments

48 Comments
kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

In the Moderate Quiz feature, you can manually unlock a quiz for a student without changing the existing "available until" date for other students.

joel_mills
Community Participant

Extensions needed for Assignment... not Quiz as it says in the original post.

Thanks anyway.

kroeninm
Community Champion

Nice, this could be consistent with the Quizzes option.  i.e. "Moderate Assignment" to allow an unlock of the dates for a specific student or students. In the interest of consistency as well, adding Moderate Discussion along with this would even be better Smiley Happy

- Melanie

DRBROOKS
Community Member

Please create the ability for instructors to allow extensions/date changes for submissions of: Assignments, Discussions, Submission, etc.

The main important feature needed is to adjust the due dates for Assignments should be able to be moderated on an individual level (per student).

Quizzes can be 'moderated', where professors can go in and change the due date and time restrictions.

Assignments currently do not have that functionality. I was told that the only way this was possible was to place the group of students or student in a separate course section.

If you get sick, have a procedure, etc and miss a significant portion of school, Canvas does not currently have the ability to adapt to the functionality.

Also, it was not clear but I believe that as of a few months ago, if an Assignment was reopened (which may have been the only way to allow a student to submit it late), then the whole class would be notified which can pose a problem and confusion. (I am not sure if this is still an issue or not). I am a student.

It's also an ADA/accessibility type issue.

In Blackboard, these situations seemed to be less time consuming and was easier on both parties.

Thank You!

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

I'm voting this up; however, I think something like this that will address this very need (and others) is already on the Canvas Roadmap: Canvas Studio: Granular differentiated assignments

tdelillo
Community Champion

It seems like the granular differentiated assignments would require moving the student to a different section in order to give them an extension. That's not something we would want to do (or allow) given that our section enrollments are tied to our SIS. So I see this as a distinct request.

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

 @tdelillo ​, I'm going to tag Deactivated user about this, because I was under the distinct impression that the new feature, when implemented, would not require creating a new section ("instructors can require sections, individual students, or a combination of both to complete specific assignments")--which, as you so rightly point out, many users are unable to do. Seth, can you clarify this?

seth
Community Participant

You're right, stefaniesanders​. Granular Differentiated Assignments will allow extension by individual user (to start with) and by group (later), regardless of section membership.

tdelillo
Community Champion

Ah, I see. I got hung up on the "by-section" qualifier. Thanks!!

r_v_jones
Community Contributor

Presently the only way we have found possible to do this is to create a separate section for the student in question. Having a simple way of giving a student extra time would make the process far easier.

Thanks

Rob

DRBROOKS
Community Member

That is what I was told. They would have to move you to a different section within the actual course. That is the current only workaround.

keh2294
Community Member

I love this feature in quizzes, but it needs to be available for assignments also!

cbroadhead
Instructure
Instructure

Great feature idea!

s_d_duke
Community Participant

I have been thinking for a long time that it would be great for assignments to have similar moderation options to quizzes.

dperpich
Community Participant

This can be a critical feature for special needs accommodations.  It's one very important way to meet the accessibility needs -- along with the same feature for quizzes.

DRBROOKS
Community Member

That is one of the main reasons for this functionality to be implemented. Creating a new section for one or two students must be burdensome on faculty.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Thank you for your feedback. We have a developers currently working on this selective release to individuals.  You should see something deploy to beta in the next couple of releases. We are excited to finally roll out this feature!

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Yay! Thanks for update  @scottdennis ​!

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team
DRBROOKS
Community Member

Thank you Scott for the rapid response and deployment! That makes it easier.

Some concerns that were voiced in the past were:

-If a due date was changed for a few/individual students then sometimes the entire class would be notified via the Canvas notifications (whether it automatically notified them in the nightly summary email, or when an assignment or due date was changed), then it would cause confusion with lots of emails from students for whom it does not apply to.

-If in the release notes/updates/user guide/quick start guide could be updated for instructors for this new feature for assignments, discussions, quizzes and assignment it would make it less confusing and less cumbersome for it to be implemented on the end user. It may be useful for a tutorial and an updated quiz moderation tutorial.

Thank you again!