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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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jmino
Community Member

This would help with students who are retaking courses but in different grade-levels, students on IEPs with modified assignments, because both groups of students will see multiple assignments and get confused. Please, please, please include this in the next update!

chisey
Community Member

I can't believe this isn't already an option! I have 100 students, some of whom are in a different grade and therefore do not need to do certain assignments, others who are on individualized learning plans and need to remove certain assignments as part of their accommodations. Their To Do lists are complete chaos and they're confused about which assignments to complete. I go in and enter "Excused" for those students, but they still show up in their gradebooks. Please fix it!!

chisey
Community Member

Perfect!

saugusti
Community Member

I have students in every class that have some accommodation for disability, and need to double their testing time or change the format of the exam for. It would be great to have them take their own exam and exclude them from the general exam, without having to select everyone else in the class. 

alexfischer
Community Member

I also can't believe that this isn't an option.

My Use Case:  Students take a comprehension quiz over a chapter, but I have a group of 15 (out of 120) students who get modifications to their quizzes.  It's not a problem to create separate quizzes for them and type in 15 names, but if I don't want the regular quiz showing up, I would have to type in the 105 names and exclude those 15.

I think the easiest solution would be to do as recommended above: Block an excused student from completing an assignment.  I've excused students, but if they do they assignment anyway, when I sync my grades to SIS, it includes that excused attempt and I have to go in manually and remove it.

Another easy solution would be to simply change how students are inputed into the "assign to" box.  This could change to a checkbox selection with a "check all" function and then unselecting kids it doesn't apply to.  I'm happy unchecking 15 kids instead of typing in (which is a tedius process because you have to type slow for Canvas to not erase what you're typing while it's searching those names) 105 students.

sara_samples1
Community Participant

I think that the second solution is the one we are looking for here. While the first solution you proposed, blocking the student from completing the assignment, would solve the grade calculation issue, it would not stop that assignment from being visible to students in their to do lists, assignment lists, or grades summary.  Students and parents find extraneous items in these sections very confusing, and generally the students I am giving alternate assignments and exams to are the ones who are the least capable of navigating confusing situations.  

sara_samples1
Community Participant

also, in my experience, grading the assignment through speedgrader does not automatically make the missing label go away. to remove the missing label, you have to go through the gradebook and make the change by clicking on the "status" of the assignment. 

alexfischer
Community Member

Agreed with the course navigation issue. I think the way in which students

are selected may be the easiest fix, whether it's a checkbox or some other

method.

On Fri, May 1, 2020, 12:31 PM sara_samples@hotmail.com <

kimberly_smith1
Community Participant

It seems to me that the whatever the code is that gets used for the "Message Students Who..." option in the Gradebook, where student names automatically populate, and instructors can then remove ("X" out) those students names that the do NOT want the message sent to, might be modified to apply to the "Assign To" function? 

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alexfischer
Community Member

That would be an amazing option to have. Really, anything is better then

the current way of assigning work with a large amount of students that need

to be excluded.

On Sat, May 2, 2020, 8:57 AM kimberly.smith@sfcollege.edu <

Steven_S
Community Champion

Maybe that could work as an option to expand "everyone" or "everyone else," the same way it is possible to expand an email mailing list. (At least on my computer pop-up warns that once the expansion is a one way change.)  That would let "everyone" and "everyone else" continue working as they do until expanded in response to a need to exclude a student

dbudzyns
Community Member

I just wasted a huge amount of time with a work around, because this feature does not exist! I have two sections combined into one course. I am giving a different version of the exam on Monday and Tuesday, one to each of the sections. A few of the Monday students need to take it on Tuesday, so I want to give them the Tuesday section exam. I did not want to select individual students for each exam, because these are large sections. So I had to set an availability for them that was already over for the Monday exam, so they can't access it, then go to gradebook and EX their Monday exam, then assign them the Tuesday exam, then send them a message so they understand what is going on. So frustrating.

awedwards
Community Member

I have just had to type in 120+ names so that a single student can be removed. Ridiculous. 

dbudzyns
Community Member

It might not work for everyone, but the way I got around that was to make the due date for the one student be yesterday, and then go into the gradebook and mark that quiz EX for excused.

Donna Budzynski, Ph.D.

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San Diego Mesa College

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lshulman
Community Participant

Apparently, after more than 5 years, it is STILL open for voting with no action yet taken.

It seems there is little point in creating new ideas for Canvas to act on because they hardly ever seem to act on them and, if they do, it takes years!

At least we know we are not alone in our desires and can sometimes share creative work-arounds.

lshulman
Community Participant

I wonder if you could use the prerequisite settings to limit access to the extra credit assignment only to students who did the required paper.

The paper would have to be in a prior module or you put both assignments in the same module setting "requirements" and including "complete in sequential order". That way they can't access the second/extra credit assignment until they submit the paper.

lshulman
Community Participant

Steven, thank you for the idea to set availability date in the past for the student(s) we do not want to do the assignment/quiz. Seems that should work to keep them from seeing the assignment they need not do.

lshulman
Community Participant

<we are not able to simply copy exams or questions when making a modified version of an assessment.>

Maybe this changed in the four years since you posted about this issue, but it is possible "copy" any assignment or quiz. Once copied, it is simple enough to edit the copy to adjust questions as needed for a select student(s) who might be the only ones to be assigned to the alternative assessment. 

However, the issue still exists about getting those few students' names OFF the original version of the assessment.

Steven made what seems to be a good work around: "add" a rule to the original assessment that places an availability date for the differentiated students, a date the pre-dates the current date should be all that is needed to block their access to the assessment.

lshulman
Community Participant

If you are going to make a second copy (modified or not), I might suggest entering "ex" to "excuse" the original exam for the selected student(s). I believe an excused assignment, unlike a zero, will NOT be counted as graded and thus will simply be ignored as one to be dropped.

lshulman
Community Participant

BINGO!