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Announcements should default to closed for comments

Announcements should default to closed for comments

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

An announcement is just that. It is usually a push out form the teacher to announce something without the need for commentary behind it.

E.G. "The room has changed for today to room 1234"

"Tomorrow you need to bring your iPad for the session!"

etc...

My idea is to make announcements "closed for comments" by default with the option to open them up for comments after the announncement has been posted.

 

Makes sense to me... Does it to you? If so, please vote this one up.

 

We have discussion forums for discussions and places where we can invite feedback etc... announcements are just that.

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-14284-canvas-production-release-notes-2018-03-10 .

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Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. February 3, 2016 - Wed. May 4, 2016.

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Community Team
Community Team

Just in case anyone driving by doesn't know about this, the ability to "Disable comments on announcements" is available, but it's well hidden under "View more options": How do I manage the options in the Course Details tab? (Scroll down in the Guide to the "View More Options" heading.) Having this enabled by default would be one less task I'd have to remember at the beginning of every semester.

Community Member

Hi Renee and Stefanie,

I have voted for this because of the scenario below, where one or more students 'comment' on an instructor posted announcement (because they can by default- most instructors are unaware), but he instructor is never notified, because the default for that 'notification is turned off... see details below:

1.    Investigation revealed that there is a course setting for ‘Disable comments on announcements’ that is unchecked/not enabled by default.

     Default settings for

     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     Default settings for

2.    Further investigation revealed that user account ‘Notifications’ for this feature is turned OFF by default… this means you would not be made aware of any ‘replies/comments’… see annotated screen capture below.

Notification default settings for

My discovery and realization that #1 and #2 above work against each other, and should actually be set in conjunction with each other has prompted me to open a support ticket with Instructure, to see if I can get them to change the defaults. I was prompted to submit a feature request, so I am tagging onto this one!

Please vote it up... Thanks!

Sincerely,

Earl Sallade

eLearning Support Specialist

Canvas Administrator

Pierce College District

esallade@pierce.ctc.edu

253.912-3768 or (ext. 3768)

Surveyor

Total support for this, especially for large classes when the goal is just to announce something, and minimize traffic for all.  Thank you for adding this; I hope it is up-voted.

Community Team
Community Team

182471_pastedImage_6.pngWe appreciate you, and the submission of your idea. Your dialogue helps our product teams prioritize feature development. Unfortunately, this idea has been archived because it did not meet the 100-vote threshold within the 3-month voting period. Learn more at: How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

Can archived ideas still become a feature?  Potentially, yes. Archived ideas can be resubmitted by Community members. As people’s needs change, previously submitted ideas may gain additional traction. Feature ideas are evaluated as a whole and influence product direction.

Community Team
Community Team
This idea has been developed and is On Canvas Beta How do I access the Canvas beta environment?

 

For more information, please read through the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2018-02-26) .

Surveyor

Didn't see this till it happened. I don't want this, because all my Announcements invite comments from student. Default locking means I need to unlock each Announcement in every class every time I make one. I cannot tell why the overall course comment button wasn't sufficient, but this will cause me a lot more work.

Learner II

Can you clarify the Feature Idea process for me? This one went from "Archived due to lack of support" to "we went ahead and did it" without re-opening the Idea for discussion or seeing if it would gain more support currently. Had it been open at any time recently, I would have downvoted and commented why.

Community Team
Community Team

Hi thompsli@hsd.k12.or.us 

Thank you for this question.  I'm pretty sure we used to have a question about ideas coming out of Cold Storage in the How does the feature idea process work?, but I don't see it anymore.

It is always possible for ideas to surface out of Cold Storage when and if they are completed as part of a larger priority.  So they didn't necessarily drive the priority, but they helped inform it.  This is an example of an idea that didn't drive a priority, but provided a little bit of insight into why other channels of information (interviews, customer success managers, support) were hearing about this need.

So, I'm sorry this new feature function changed impacted your workflow in a less than positive way :-(.  I do appreciate you asking the question and providing your feedback here.

Community Team
Community Team
This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas 

For more information, please read through the Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-03-10) .