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Assign to by Group for Individual Assignment

Assign to by Group for Individual Assignment

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This idea was submitted previously and archived (see below). I would also request the same thing. For individual assignments, I would like to be able to "Assign to" by Group. I often divide the class into groups with varying discussion assignments or assignment due dates, yet these are individual assignments. I teach large classes, so it is too much work to type in individual names repeatedly.

 

Assign to" Student Groups for Individual Assessment

 

I want to be able to create Groups based on their modification or need and assign it to that group.Currently we have teachers who have to type in a LOT of student names when it's a modified assignment. Being able to pre-create groups with those students in them and assign or exclude that group would save a lot of time.

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kristin_bayless
Community Contributor

I'd like to add another use case in the event this helps in the development.  Currently, we have some "walk to" classes in our elementary schools.  Students are scheduled into their classes according to their homeroom.  For the walk-to courses, I crosslist all the homeroom courses for that particular subject together.  For example, crosslisting all the 5th grade social studies courses together, I end up with all 5th grade students and all of the 5th grade teachers enrolled in the master social studies course.  All teachers have access to all the 5th grade students.  So far so good, but the teachers would like to create groups of students who have "walked to" their classroom.  The group may contain students from each of the SIS scheduled (crosslisted) sections.  These groups could be used for assignment distribution as outlined in this request.

I'm not sure if other schools would have this issue, but it's an example of how the ability to give assignments to groups of students for the students to work on and submit individually, would help.

kmatson
Community Participant

Yes Please Canvas. Faculty often want to assign individual work by group simply because they have hundreds of students in their class and this is the only way we have come up with to do this at all accurately. When you have 100 or more students in your class it is extremely difficult to make use of the super feature of differentiated assignments one by one especially since you only see seven names in the list. Creating groups and then being able to assign by groups really helps those faculty in the large classes. When we create an assignment can we have groups as part of the menu to assign to. Currently we only see groups if it is a group assignment. If you have ever tried to grade individually a group assignment and see all the entries in SpeedGrader and the inability to figure out who submitted what you will realize what a mess this is and why we need the ability to assign to groups but NOT as a group assignment.

Thank you,

Karen Matson

kornowsa
Community Participant

We could really use this function as well.  Canvas was adopted as an LMS to support our personalized learning initiative in our district. The current way of assigning groups won't help.  We also don't want it to give an additional calendar and collaborative space when we assign personalized assignments.  The only "workaround" that I found might work was by creating additional sections within that particular course and then assigning to those sections?  I've bookmarked this thread and I'm hopeful that this becomes a priority.  Thanks!

spencer_wendel
Community Member

Another issue is that sections are frequently created for a course prior to the course starting.  The groups that need to be created for ease of assigning due dates and gathering individual submissions do not necessarily coincide with these established sections.  It is not intuitive how one would reassign sections to match these groups.  I would additionally be concerned that doing so would cause issues (those sections may be attached to other meanings).

spencer_wendel
Community Member

I have two courses where this is an issue.  In one, design teams (groups) are created after the semester begins.  For the most part, these teams submit group assignments (which works well as-is).  There are times, however, such as when they submit peer reviews for their team members, when I need to make assignments by group but collect individual submissions. 

The other course is a lab where students begin attending the lab on alternating weeks after a certain point in the semester.  They are already organized into sections when they sign up for the class, but in some cases students are allowed to switch to a different lab time (primarily to even out the number of students attending the various lab times).  They are required to submit their lab reports individually prior to the next lab that they are scheduled to attend.  Assigning 160+ students individually to assignments for every lab is prohibitively time consuming!

It maybe goes without saying, but I need the ability to assign quizzes to a group (with individual responses) too. 

I know it is easy to say that work somebody else has to do should be simple to accomplish, but it seems to me that the programming architecture for a change like this might be preexisting.  To me, the addition of this feature iis a no-brainer.  I don't get why there are some people down-voting it.

mcsmith
Instructure
Instructure

Thank you so much for the additional information each of you provided. As mentioned there are some work arounds with sections, differentiated assignments, and individual assignments; we recognize these are not ideal solutions. This idea addresses a variety of use cases, however it is not possible for us to get this work done within the next 6 months.  We will be moving this idea to Product Radar.  Don't forget to bookmark or follow it to receive updates.

kmatson
Community Participant

Yes this is exactly what we need.

Canvas please help the large classroom. We want to assign by group. We don't want an individual assignment and when we go to the Assign To area our groups show up. Currently we only see groups in the Assign To area if we check the Group Assignment box. I want to assign an assignment, quiz, discussion to a group of students; just like I can do with a section of students.

Karen Matson

kmatson
Community Participant

We want differentiated assignments by groups that we create within the People area. You only see groups in in the assign to area if it is a group assignment. We want to differentiate an assignment by groups please.

Karen Matson

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

Anyone currently using group assignments in Canvas, or wanting to learn more, will want to check out the new CanvasLIVE "GROUPIES" series, kicking off this Tuesday, January 31, 2017 with GROUPIES: Group Assignments. RSVP “yes” if you will be there--and if you’re interested, but your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend in real time, RSVP "no" or "maybe" to receive all event updates. Your RSVP ensures that you will receive a notification should the event be cancelled or changed.

skylesa
Community Participant

This would be a huge benefit. It doesn't make sense that you can grade individually but that you can't allow individual submission as well. If groups have been assigned and "Group Assignment" is checked, the groups show up. If, however, the "Group Assignment" box isn't checked, those group names don't show up under "Assign to." Also, the workaround of creating sections does not work for us because we have taken away the ability for instructors to create sections.

ltscal2
Community Contributor

Thanks for this idea. This is what we have been struggling with for awhile. There are many many unique use cases of why people want to differentiated groups with in a course that doesnt correspond with sections. In our institution, the work around is to create manual sections that are not generated from Peoplesoft/Banner sync. However due to a customization it has some issues. So this would be really feature to have and one that does not need central ITS intervention.

schreiners
Community Participant

This would be an extremely helpful feature for our nursing program.

Our students are divided into groups for clinical rotations, which we currently do by hand.  For each clinical experience, each student must complete a self-evaluation and worksheet that is then submitted to a Canvas assignment.  So for example, I have 6 clinical groups and 14 separate clinical experiences.  This means that I have to make 6 different due dates for each of the 14 clinical experiences and enter each of the students names individually into the due dates.  Not only is this time consuming, but it also leads to errors where a student is left off or put on the wrong day.

 

I would like to be able to break the students into groups using canvas and then assign due dates for the groups with each student being able to submit their own assignment and receive a grade individually.  This would be a huge time-saver for our department.

 

Thank you!

adam_engel
Community Participant

I'm an instructional technologist supporting Canvas at Emerson College. We've been receiving faculty requests to give distinct student Groups unique due dates for assignments within a course. Because we can't enable separate submissions, we would need to create distinct Sections for each group of students to allow them to submit separately. We can't give permission to manage Sections to faculty (it would enable other permissions we don't want to give them), so repeatedly implementing this workaround would take up a lot of our time. We would love to see the "Assign to by Group for Individual Assignment" feature added as soon as possible. Thank you!

cressler
Community Member

I work in a high school and teach a population with a significant number of students who require assignments that are modified.    Begin able to use the "groups" feature for differentiation and not just collaboration would save me a significant amount of time.   In today's world where education is being more and more individualized, being able to assignment a particular version of a quiz or a specific version of an assignment for a group of students for individual assessment of mastery is key to collecting data that charts a student's individual progress.  

evdoxia_liatiri
Community Member

We have a similar need! From an admin point of view, this problem would be solved if Canvas could give us the option to paste a list of student IDs under "Assign to" instead of having to manually type and select students by name. Thank you!

kristy_bergeron
Community Member

Not every institution is okay with the manual creation of non-SIS sections in Canvas courses. Groups should allow for maximum flexibility--please understand that these are containers/spaces that the instructor should be able to work magic with and use however they see fit. 

hannah_crowder
Community Participant

Has there been any movement on this? I went to try to assign a quiz to a group of students and only had options to assign to sections or manually type in each student's name. With 170 students this is not manageable. It seems like this has been a known issue for well over a year. Can we get an update as to when we can expect this? I have a legal responsibility to provide individual instruction and I need this to work now...not in another year. 

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

 

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

svalisa
Community Member

I am surprised this feature is not offered in Canvas already and would really like it to be available. I have a large enrollment class and I will assign different critical responses to different groups with different due dates. Having to manually insert 30 names each time for each group is not a feasible option! 

macdonal
Community Member

Please, please, PLEASE adopt this idea!! In our institution, sections are SIS-generated, and instructors can't simply create the sections they need for a purpose like this. So the only current option is to enter student names one by one -- which, as others have pointed out, is not reasonable or efficient, especially in large classes.

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