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Assign to everyone except selected students

Assign to everyone except selected students

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There are some assignments that go out to the majority of my students except one or two per class. It would be great to be able to assign to "everyone" and then have a button to select which students are exempt from the assignment.
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crystal_trotter
Community Member

I would Love to be able to do this! It would help with differentiation because when we assign to a specific students, they still see the other on-level assignment since they are grouped with the other students by course section. If we could assign to the student specifically and then exclude them from the on-level assignment, it would make Canvas more user friendly for those students.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. November 4, 2015 - Wed. February, 3, 2015.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

rpetrina
Community Member

Just had a use case for this exact thing. Smiley Happy

LisaCasto
Community Member

K-12  absolutely has to have this! While we love the already completed work with differentiated, need this aspect to help us differentiate by time and content. Without this, teachers are trying to type names in--and that is not practical with some course loads!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Please do share your use case!

rpetrina
Community Member

An instructor uses electronic testing in a proctored environment, but has a student who needs to take the test outside the main exam window. She also wanted to enable a special password for this student to ensure that he went to the testing center (a common testing center practice -- they release the password to the student when he arrives).

So she created a copy of the test with the additional security of a password, and assigned it specifically to this one student for makeup. Now she's got the original of the test assigned to Everyone... except there's no need for it to be assigned to this makeup student, and she'd rather it not be confusing in his personal Gradebook. This is where "Everyone but.." comes in.

Same situation with graduate students who sometimes enroll in lower-level courses but will be asked to complete separate, more complex assignments to receive grad credit. You create the assignment for the grad student...and then you would use "Everyone but" that graduate student for the rest of the class.

retannenbaum
Surveyor

Here's another usage case: I have an extra credit assignment that is a follow-up to a paper. I don't want that extra credit to be available to the few students who didn't complete the extra assignment. So if I've got 40 people in the class, and want it available to 35 of them, I need to type in all 35 names.

(And yes, I realize I could make it be for everyone, then just put a disclaimer in the assignment instructions. But I find that this becomes confusing for students, which means lots of emails to me asking about that extra credit and why I'm not letting them do it, or what is this random assignment now showing up in their calendar.)

terry_hill
Community Member

Yes, please!  There are some assignments that go out to the majority of my students except one or two per class. It would be great to be able to assign to "everyone" and then have a button to select which students are exempt from the assignment.

dhulsey
Adventurer

Part of my attendance policy states that I will cut students off from submitting to Canvas if they stop attending class. The Implementation of this feature would make enforcing that policy much easier.

cassandra_stack
Community Member

I thought we already had this option?

LisaCasto
Community Member

Only for time/due dates, Cassandra. Not for modified content, for example.

dan_moses
Community Member

I think a feature that would add the ability to further customize which students receive specific assignments is a great idea. Just another tool to personalize and target instruction.

megan_williams
Surveyor

I often need to exclude student from assignments for illness - particularly concussions.  It would be really helpful if they just didn't see the assignment, as sometimes the concussed kids can't remember we've discussed the fact they've been excused.

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure

Hello Canvas Friends,

Thank you for this feature discussion.  I am not certain we will add exceptions option to differentiated assignments. I will add this idea to my backlog for future consideration, but this is not something we would implement in the near future. I suggest we archive this idea for future consideration in development.

Kind regards,

Jason

LisaCasto
Community Member

Jason,

I appreciate the willingness to keep this idea in the backlog.  I'm not certain that any of us provided a clear picture and enough info. With the trend toward personalization and standards-based teaching, mastery and grading, any tool that can support and improve teacher efficiency would be helpful. Also,  the requirements of 504 and IEPs in K-12, and just because it is best instructional practice, our teachers are daily differentiating and accommodating for student needs.  Let me share a couple K-12 examples--

1)High school on-level US History teacher teaches 150 students.  20 of those need  quiz accommodations--maybe fewer questions or less answer choices. Those students are in every section of the course, and the teacher, without everyone except, would  type in 130 names when creating the "regular" quiz and 20 names for the "modified" quiz.  Teachers don't have time to type in all those names, so they've devised "creative" naming conventions (with 2 quiz versions in their modules, both available to the students with accommodations--which is very confusing to the struggling student) or other strategies--as we don't want to embarrass students or reveal confidential information. Or they use paper for the quiz instead.

2)Fourth grade teacher has 25 students and teaches all subjects--English, Reading, Math, Social Studies, Health, and Science.  For each quiz, again, without everyone except, she is typing in names in every quiz, in every subject. 

Maybe we're missing something, and there's an easier way to do this in Canvas, if so, please let me know. I'm  just trying to further clarify,as with 9000 secondary students in Canvas for all courses, this idea support instructional needs for our teachers and students.   I'm sure that Instructure has a long list of feature ideas and requests that compete with each other, just hoping this adds further info for further consideration. Thanks. Lisa Casto

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure

Hello LisaCasto

Thank you for this.  I do understand the use case. I appreciate you taking the time to provide more detail.  These are use cases I can see for this particular feature. There are other issues I think we should solve first, and that is where I would like to focus.  I have this idea in my backlog. When it's time to look at some major work for assignments, I will definitely consider this as an enhancement.

Thank you,

Jason

sfrey1
Community Member

I would love to see this feature. I am having the same issues as everyone else. The time it takes to individually select 17 students because 1 does NOT receive the assignment is ridiculous. Creating customized sections will not work with our SIS.

sfrey1
Community Member

What's the likeliness of an idea that has been archived being reintroduced for consideration?

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @sfrey1 ​

That is a very difficult question to answer.   It is not that we don't want to build all of the awesome ideas, it is a balance of  current projects, projected priorities, and resources.  We will update threads as we have more information.

sara_samples
Community Member

I'm really confused why A) this does not already exist (it exists in every other similar content delivery system I have used, even the free ones),  B) why it is a complicated fix that would require backlogging, and C) why it is not a priority when the entire reason K12 districts are choosing to go to systems like Canvas is because of the need for differentiation.  I'm hoping the reason is that they are working on a better way to offer differentiated exams overall, the work around of creating multiple quizzes and assigning them to different individuals is doubly annoying since we are not able to simply copy exams or questions when making a modified version of an assessment.

Even if this is being worked on, in the meantime,  the option to exempt an individual from an exam seems like a given.   I have 98 students in my frosh course, and it takes me a half hour just to assign everyone to their proper exams.

Or is K12 just the "redheaded stepchild" and I'm unaware?