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Allow instructor to change default so modules post to TOP of feed

Allow instructor to change default so modules post to TOP of feed

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I make my Modules the home page for my students, and I like for them to see the most recent information first.  As it is now, the default is for new modules and content to post to the bottom of the feed, which means I have to scroll all of the way to the bottom and Move Module to the top every single time I create a new module.  I'd love to be able to customize this feature so that all of my new module content automatically posts to the top so my kids always see newest first and I don't have to spend time scrolling!  It's a small thing, but I post an average of 5-6 assignments in one module a week, so as the year goes on, it gets tedious!

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freelancetom
Community Member

I wholeheartedly second this! Think about the user experience for both sides. My school requires us to organize Canvas through modules (which is great), but the default of oldest at top is counter-intuitive all around. Why have the oldest at the top? Students then have to scroll through several screens sometimes to get to the current module if the teacher just goes with the default. 

And it is a pain to not just go with the default. Currently, the steps are: create new module; scroll down to find module, drag module to the top (very tedious with 20 modules), check to make sure the order of other modules wasn't accidentally messed up. 

In fact, I would go so far as to say that newest modules should default to the top, and the settings should allow people to change it if they want. 

jack_mcgavick
Community Participant

YES!!! I was actually about to post a similar idea, but I'll just add it here: It would be GREAT to have a little button/menu in the module creation window that allows the user to place the module at the top, bottom, or before/after an existing module of my choice. (Much like the menu you get when you move a module.)

Steven_S
Community Champion

The default top-down works well for courses that are built in advance, because on the first day of class the most current module is the first module at the top of the list.  However, later in the semester, it creates for students a problem of tedious scrolling to get to current modules as seen in this recent post by a student https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/16462-sort-modules-by-most-recent-to-oldest

Manually placing the current module at the top of the page changes the way the previous and next buttons move between modules, and might confuse students in courses where students are still working in the first module at the time the second is unlocked. 

An alternative solution that might also solve this problem would be to add an option for a module end date, after which the module remains available but drops to the bottom of the module page.  Since the finished modules will have been automatically moved to display at the end, canvas should still know what the previous page should be.

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/4636-modules-within-modules approaches the same problem by requesting organization levels that could be minimized.  I like that approach best, because it allows students who have been given adjusted schedules to have the appropriate modules displayed in order. 

KM2020
Community Member

Please, please allow the new modules to post at the top.  It has been so inconvenient to scroll all the way down and drag it up, especially when we have so much content that has already been loaded by the school system. 

Teachers should have the ability to choose where content posts, at the top or bottom.  Please, please consider this humble request to make our lives easier during these trying times!  Many teachers will thank you.  I know of so many colleagues who have the same complaint but just do not know where to voice their opinion. 

Thank you, thank you for considering this request.  I am sure this tweak to the Canvas LMS is a piece of cake for a developer!  Please, please help us!  Thank you.

jakhowe
Community Member

I have to agree with this post, it is frustrating that I and students both have to scroll down a long list of modules to get to the current one.  

ssprague1
Community Member

I completely agree and think this should be a Canvas priority. The Canvas platform is not really practical for lower elementary grades but we are making the best of it. Most K-3 courses have modules organized by DAY- with assignments added each day (a new module every day). A six year old trying to find the newest assignments will be lost scrolling to the bottom of a module list so I reorganize them daily. I put a big STOP sign at the end of each day but can't remove the next button which would actually take them backwards because I reordered the modules to put the newest assignments at the top. please please please make these changes 🙂

Cindy_Perry
Community Member

I know this is a small thing but would make it easier then having to move each one. Maybe making it in the settings so that you can choose which way you prefer - new to top or bottom that way everyone is happy.

Gary_M
Community Member

I agree, this should be the default setting. It makes no sense for teacher or student to have the newest be last. 

MusicMarm
Community Member

Yes! This! Please! I drag new modules to the top every time. 

donnahunter
Community Participant

So, yeah. When is this happening? Seems that many want it.

LJohnson35
Community Member

I agree! It would make Canvas more user friendly for younger grades!

kurt_h_richter
Community Participant

If you go to the design tools and choose advanced elements and then the module list.

Next click the check mark to Add and configure module list and +add all modules

Finally go to insert quick link and choose all

This will display all module titles on the home page as little buttons.  When they click on the button, it will show all assignments in that module.  I put the date on each module title, so it's easy for them to just click on the button for that day or a day they have missed. 

donnahunter
Community Participant

Where is this mysterious "design tools" area you speak of?

kurt_h_richter
Community Participant

So that's a whole other rabbit hole that has a learning curve to it.  Go to edit a page in canvas and little rocket will appear in the top right- hand corner.  Clicking that open the design tools.  If the rocket isn't there, clicking alt+shift+D will open it up.

donnahunter
Community Participant

Does not seem to be the case for me. Perhaps my district has that feature turned off.

KM2020
Community Member

I am not sure if Canvas listened to us or this function has always been there!  Today, after tediously moving a new module to the top of the page, I decided to check.  When you create a new module, it definitely goes to the end of the page and populates at the bottom. But if you click on the 3 dots next to the new module, there is an up and down arrow that says "Move Module."  If you click on that a window opens and you can choose to move it up.  Yay!!  I am so happy.  Thank you Canvas for listening to us!!

donnahunter
Community Participant

I'm not sure how new that is either, but it still isn't defaulting to posting them at the top.

KM2020
Community Member

So donnahunter, you are right.  It still does not post on the top as a default.  When you create a module, it does post at the bottom of the list.  What I would usually do is click and drag all the way up, which was tedious. 

But now I go to the new assignment at the bottom of the page, click on the 3 dots, click on the "Move Module" (up-down arrow) and when the window opens, I choose "Move to top" and it goes to the top.  I do not have to manually drag it to the top.  Hope this helps.

donnahunter
Community Participant

Yes, 3 dots is easier than dragging. But it's still at least 3 clicks and default to top would be better.

isanchez2
Community Member

YES PLEASE!  The extra step to 'move module' to the the top doesn't take too long, but any time saved is precious!