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Allow "Missing" label to be enabled/disabled

Allow "Missing" label to be enabled/disabled

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through the  Canvas Release Notes (2021-10-16).


Currently, the "missing" label that appears throughout Canvas on student assignments, Speedgrader, etc. appears for every student who has a missing assignment regardless of the specific intentions of the teacher or the type of assignment (ex: one that requires a submission).

 

I would like to see Canvas allow this to be optional. For example, it would be beneficial during the assignment creation process if there was a drop-down menu that included the option allowing the assignment to be marked as missing after the due date or not. Another idea would be to provide a check-box on Speedgrader that would allow the teacher to check/uncheck the "missing" label feature and therefore remove it from certain student's Canvas profiles.

 

I have students now who have an excused reason for turning an assignment in late but because it wasn't submitted by the due date, that assignment has been marked "missing," which cannot be undone even now that the student submitted the assignment and I graded it. Having the option to add/remove this label will also help students pay more attention to "missing" once they know it actually indicates a missing assignment.

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laurakgibbs
Community Champion

I am so glad to have found this already as a feature request. I want to create multiple accounts just to vote on this multiple times. YES YES YES.

Earlier this week I got a desperate email from a student who was worried about assignments she had missed. I wrote her back and told her she had not missed any assignments; everything was good. In my classes, students choose what assignments they want to do.

Then, I got a second email from a desperate student, and I realized something must have happened at Canvas. I logged on with the Student View and saw the awful RED INK Missing Missing Missing Missing. I didn't even know Canvas did that until I went in and looked at the Student View (I just use the spreadsheet view when I need to manually enter something that a student forgot to record, so I had not seen the red ink Missing). When did this start? I did not get emails from students about this last spring.

My whole approach to grading is NON-PUNITIVE. Nothing is missing. I love how Canvas had blanks, honest-to-goodness, totally neutral blanks in the Gradebook: not zeroes, not red ink, just blanks, for assignments my students CHOOSE not to complete.

Now Canvas is telling them their assignments are missing.

For my class, THAT IS JUST WRONG. The assignments are not missing, and I really do not like having Canvas turn my student-choice system into a punitive system where students are being made to feel like they have failed to do something when they are doing just fine.

If people want red ink all over their Gradebook, well, that's their choice. I use non-punitive grading, and I do not want red ink in my Gradebook. I really hope we will be allowed to turn this feature off. Gak. It's awful.

Red ink means bad, right? So, I repeat: this is AWFUL

screenshot of missing assignments

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi laurakgibbs‌...

Laura Gibbs wrote:

When did this start? I did not get emails from students about this last spring.

The "Missing" and "Late" labels were added as a part of the  Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-08-05).

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

AH... I feel better! And that just goes to show: my students noticed. And, in their panic, they contacted me. Which is how I came to see it in the Student View option. I'll make sure to say something about in the class announcements now for the students who noticed it but did not actually write me an email to ask.

lesley_cryderma
Community Contributor

I agree with this feature request.  We encourage our faculty to use Canvas as a supplement to their face-to-face classes and have many faculty that give students the option of turning in an assignment in person OR online.  If they do not turn it in online, even when a grade has been entered, it still says missing.

At a MINIMUM, an entered grade should trigger that notification to be removed!

thompsli
Community Champion

Here is an Idea with a lot of related discussion in the comments: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/9339-missing-label-placed-incorrectlysubmission-on-paper-and-o...‌.

I think this feature idea does a better job of covering a variety of use cases than that one, but that both are ways of solving a related set of problems and Canvas devs should read the comments on both before implementing either.

thompsli
Community Champion

As I pointed out on the other Idea I linked, the issue with a grade removing the "missing" label is that some teachers use "balanced grading" where they put in a 30% or 50% for missing assignments rather than a zero. (For context, this is most commonly done in classes where the lowest score anyone turning in the assignment would have received was a 55% F rather than in classes where actual grades trend all the way down to zero - this is something that often comes up around the subjects of homework and equity in k-12.)

Such teachers would still want the assignment to show as "missing" even after they entered the grade.

I really think some sort of customizable setting is the way to go (probably I'd implement it as a toggled status that could be applied to an assignment via the gradebook, just like setting a default grade is now), because "missing" is more complicated than people realize until you collect everyone's use cases. (I just realized that it's going to flag all of my optional/honors/challenge assignments as missing when the students get to that part of the term. Arrrrgggggggggggggh. I don't need a ton of worried parents contacting me because their students didn't complete every possible set of optional practice problems that I provide during review week.)

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

Worried students contacting me is exactly how I found out about the missing label, and it is a situation similar to yours,  @thompsli ‌ ... students are supposed to CHOOSE which options to complete in my class, and there is no expectation for them to do them all. The assignments are NOT "missing" and Canvas applying that label is completely inappropriate to my classes.

I don't know who this scary-looking label is even supposed to help: if it is supposed to help students (???), then students should be able to turn it on or off.

If it is supposed to help instructors (???), then instructors should be able to turn it on or off.

If it is supposed to help parents (???), then parents should be able to turn it on or off.

Anything connected with communicating about grades is fraught with emotion and anxiety (which is why I think we should just stop punitive grading, but that is a separate discussion; I'll just say #TTOG and leave it at that)... the idea that Canvas would adopt a one-size-fits-none red-ink form of grading communication like this is really disappointing to me. I already had to work hard to cope with the existing constraints of the Canvas Gradebook, and this new intrusion has made that task even harder for me.

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

I've written up in more detail why these red labels are a bad idea IMO:

https://community.canvaslms.com/people/laurakgibbs/blog/2017/09/09/gradebook-dismay-the-thoughtless-... 

djack
Community Member

In several of my face-to-face classes, I do not allow students to physically turn in late papers; however, I do allow them to submit their late papers on Canvas for half credit. Because I create the online submission in the assignment, a majority of the students show missing or late because most of them have actually brought their papers in class. As much as I like students to see what they are missing, we NEED an option to disable this feature for certain situations.

Please, please listen to us before fall quarter starts!!

This creates so much chaos for so many instructors and students!

aboulware
Community Member

I would really like to be able to turn off the status column. The "missing" next to an entered grade is causing a lot of headache with my students. If I give them a paper copy of a quiz and enter their score online in my gradebook, but had an online option that I hadn't published..the grade column is showing "missing" even though the student DID complete the on-campus version of the quiz. I don't want to create another "assignment" just to be able to enter a grade without the "missing" notification.

PLEASE let us turn off this status option.

Thank you.,

davidsonrj
Community Member

Then there is new users like me.  I don't even know if the "missing" label is appearing on my students grades but I will look out for it after reading your comments!  I absolutely agree that some sort of toggle would be good.  When I enter the grades, that is when I want to be able enter "missing".  And not just "missing", but also "late" and "excused" and "absent" would be helpful.  Right now my students are not submitting online so I am entering all the grades myself and being able to record this information would help clarify why no grade is entered for a student.

kwhitworth
Community Member

Ah! I tried to vote on this and couldn't--but I agree with everyone else who has posted on this! Please, please, please make the "missing" optional. (But I would LOVE to have that option, perhaps just to mark an "M" like we can now do for "EX"cused.)

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

I have prepared a general feature idea to put the Missing label feature back into Beta for now; this Idea page also has all the 5 feature requests related to the Missing label that you can read and vote on.

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/9693-roll-missing-label-in-gradebook-back-to-beta 

If you know of feature requests besides those five, let me know! Thank you! 🙂

khenscheid
Community Member

This really needs to be optional. It should definitely go away once a grade has been entered! My students are freaking out!

laurakgibbs
Community Champion

I keep telling my students to just ignore the Missing labels, but it gets harder and harder as the weeks go by and their Grades are FULL OF RED. 

I tried really hard to find a solution with Canvas Support this weekend. There is no solution in the current implementation...

aboulware
Community Member

Please allow instructors to disable the "missing" next to assignments in the grade column. I hate this!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea is relative to the Priority: Gradebook Enhancements

There were also recent updates to how the current missing/late feature exists.  For more information, please read through the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2017-09-25) .

don_bryn
Community Champion

This is such an issue for one particular class for which students must either attend every class or if they miss one, they have to attend a concert in the community and upload proof of their attendance.   So I use a file-upload assignment for each attendance day, marking each student in attendance 'complete' and only those not in attendance need to actually upload something.  However, because those in attendance did not upload anything it will sit in their Canvas experience screaming "missing' the rest of the semester.  I can't tell you how many times students email me multiple times being worried about that "missing" marker!

Also, this is again another idea that is similiar to other ideas on which voting is open.   I hope Canvas development has a smart enough system to notice and merge these ideas.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The work on late and missing policies in September and December made it possible to manually remove a missing label from an assignment.  You can read more about these updates in the following release

kimberly_smith1
Community Participant

While these concerns have technically been addressed in the New Gradebook, the red "Missing" and "Late" labels can currently only be removed on a "student-by-student per assignment" basis. If interested, there is a related feature request open for voting:https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/10605-a-global-option-to-enabledisable-missing-and-late-status...