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Assign to everyone except selected students

Assign to everyone except selected students

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.

With  many students taking our in person classes online, it would be great to be able to exclude them from assignments that are done in class, so that we can require them to do an adapted online version of the assignment.  Is this going to be a possibility?

Explorer III

I would LOVE this option!!! The students who most need the modified content are the ones who may be confused by seeing two assignments. 

Surveyor II

With Canvas increasingly being used in elementary schools as part of a mixed learning environment (some student fully online, others full face-to-face) the ability to quickly and easily assign to a few students or to all except a few students would be incredibly helpful.


It is excruciating to need to use 24 clicks to assign each quiz or assignment, when I assign at least 5-10 things per day.  23 of 25 of my students access academic curriculum through me, the other 2 do not.  I have to select 23 students each time in order to not assign it to 2 students.  Please help!  Thank you!

Surveyor II

With all of the schools in my district using remote learning at this time, I have received this request from teachers multiple times. I have teachers who are giving modified assignments to a handful of students. That is easy enough to do. However, the other 80+ students who get the non-modified assignment is a different story. There is no realistic workaround. Tricking mastery paths is clunky and not secure. Groups makes things into group assignments. Sections is not an option since they are generated by the SIS. This is a MUST have feature. Teachers are already stressed trying to learn to teach remotely. Providing the the needed and often required modifications should really not be this difficult. 

Surveyor II

I come back to this thread each year when it is time for me to make this one assignment in my course; my thoughts with those of you who have to do this often! 

This year, I did use the newly-available workaround of assigning a separate due date to the 4 graduate students in my class, which allowed me then to leave the main due date as the original one I set for the 27 undergraduates. The graduates were given a date of 1/1/2021 for the assignments, and I sent them an email reminding them that they did not have to do the undergraduate biweekly homework. So at least I only had to click 4 people 7 times instead of 27 people 7 times. But god it would be nice to be able to put students into some sort of group without it needing to be a group assignment in order to differentiate whose assignment has what characteristics. This seems so basic! 


Very important to be able to do this! TEACHERS NEED the ability to differentiate. 


I don't know who sees this, and what their decision making capabilities are,  but this should be a priority for improving Canvas.  Even something like google classroom where you can select all and the un-select the two or three students who don't get the assignment would be a vast improvement over what is currently available. Please consider quickly adding this feature.


Overwhelmed elementary school teachers everywhere.

Surveyor II

Please create this option for differentiation. 


I would like to add my voice to those asking for this feature.  With kids moving in and out of my in person class due to quarantine I desperately need a quick way to remove them quickly from the everyone assignment and provide them with a fully virtual option.  


Thank you!

Surveyor II

Chiming in to say that this would be a very useful feature. I administer my tests online, and I need to be able to quickly unselect students who aren't present so that they can't access the test if they're not present, either physically or on Google Meet. At this point I have typed in the names of every student in my classes so I can just X them out if they're not there, but there are many better ways that I could be spending the time it takes to do that for 120 students. A checkbox option with all students where I can select all and then just unselect absent students the day of the assessment would be enormously helpful. 

Surveyor II

Yes, would love this feature as it will make things so much faster for teachers.



I would like there to be a way to exclude specific students from assignments and quizzes without having to individually type everyone elses name into the "assign" box


Teachers would like to have the option to add an assignment for all students Except named students. Our teachers have students with accommodations that require they be assigned different versions of an assignment (ie with a word bank instead of just open ended fill in the blank). So they often have 2 versions of an assignment but students only need one of them assigned to them. 

Navigator II


There is a nearly identical idea that is already being discussed: Assign to everyone except selected students


I agree - our Teachers would like to have the option to add an assignment for all students Except named students. Our teachers have students with accommodations that require they be assigned different versions of an assignment (ie with a word bank instead of just open ended fill in the blank). So they often have 2 versions of an assignment but students only need one of them assigned to them. 


Thanks - I added my comment on that thread.


First, this is an incredibly important feature for k12 educators responsible for differentiating in their classrooms, especially for meeting SPED & 504 requirements. I can make multiple copies of an assignment, one being modified for some students, but as near as I can tell, those students would have to receive both assignments & go through that confusion in their to-do lists & calendars. They are often *exactly* the group of students we want to try to *eliminate* confusion and "clarify instructions" for!

(excluding 7 names would be *so much easier* than assigning to 130 individual names -- for each necessary assignment or test)

Second, this request thread has been open since *2015*!!! The need has not changed, and I'm assuming it is greater because of increased use of your product. PLEASE ACT ON THIS. 


I am beginning a unit that requires parental consent. 1 student in the class opted out. How do I publish the course to the class and just omit one student? I don't want to have to add each student to the class individually just to omit the one opt out.

An "omit" button would be nice so that you can publish to a whole class and then omit a single student.

Surveyor II

Hoping that we can bring new awareness to this issue - it is frankly ridiculous that this is an insurmountable issue for Canvas to address. With increased use in distance/remote learning in K12 environments, we need the ability to easily differentiate who we assign content to, without clicking around a million times. Google Classroom did this easily. 

At my current school, we have needed to create entirely separate Canvas courses for SPED/ELL students who need major modifications because teachers cannot easily control what is assigned to them otherwise. Please, Canvas team, please revisit this issue.