Adding my vote for a search feature too. This would be so very, very helpful.
Agree with the comments about needing this feature. Now that I've been investing a ton of time and content creation in Canvas due to distance learning (pandemic), it is very difficult to find things--for students and teachers. A course-level search would be useful and something that is offered as a basic feature of all content management systems like this. The search should look at files, announcements, pages, assignments, quizzes, modules and present a consolidated list of results with links to the items.
These comments about having an in-course search tool are from 2015 - six years ago. Has anything been done with the idea of an in-course search tool? For instance, we converted our courses from Blackboard 9.1 to Canvas last year (2020). We are still finding instances where the LMS ("Blackboard") is mentioned; it would be helpful to be able to do a global search of all our courses to make sure that "Blackboard" is replaced with "Canvas," as just one example. It also would be helpful to find-n-replace authors of a no-longer-used textbook with authors of the replacement textbook, etc.
The best option would be a *global find-and-replace tool*; the next best option would be an in-course search tool.
I have so many classes and need to be able to search for modules, assignments, pages or files, etc..
Hoping Instructure sees this as a priority sometime soon. Adding my vote!
At UBC Sauder School of Business, this would be extremely useful to our students and instructors. We get requests often for this function.
This would be super helpful for students! It isn't always easy to find where within a course specific information lives.Tim Kato, UBC LT Hub
After the year of remote teaching that many teachers have had, a search bar within Canvas would be a top feature. Teachers and students (even parents) would greatly appreciate being able to search for specific things within Canvas. This is such a fantastic idea, and Canvas already does so many wonderful things. Why has this one taken so long to become a reality?
I am doing more content creation than ever, across several courses. Right this moment, I am thinking of something I used in one course (which?) last semester (but exactly when?) that I'd like to repurpose for a current module. Manually scanning modules and opening individual pages and assignments is very time-consuming. A search function could help me narrow that down and save time.
We had a situation come up yesterday that affects "permalinks" from our library. This means that the URL to any e-book or article in our course is now broken. This means we will have to go through every online course (220 of them), trying to remember which courses used permalinks. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to search the HTML of a course (or multiple courses at once) to find particular URLs that contain "michlib"?
@erica_hill, you're right that business and professional schools, in particular, need a search tool for our document-centric education modes.
At Wharton, we're still extremely happy with Atomic Search as an LTI tool in our Canvas instance providing comprehensive search. I don't know whether they have plans for a PIPEDA-/FERPA Canada-compliant version; here's a Community link with more information.
Partner Listing: Atomic Jolt: Atomic Search
A search function would be great to easily locate material for our instructors!
The ability to have a search tool to search canvas modules would be time-saving and assist in finding pertinent information.
We were expecting to see the course search functionality on canvas as a default built-in functionality.
It would definitely help lectures and students to find something specific in a course quickly.
There is an App for Canvas called Atomic Jolt that offers this functionality but it costs minimum two grands. Here is the link to it:
I'd just like to add my vote for this feature. We are using Canvas so much more extensively now with the pandemic and not having a search is a really significant disadvantage. We want students to easily find resources, and teachers and admins to easily locate pages. A search would be a huge benefit.
Student feedback indicates that a search function would make access and navigation much easier.
I would like to find something within a course and I don't know whether it is in a discussion, page, etc. It would be great to be able to search all content within a course or an account. For example, if a student wants to find where the teacher mentioned Socrates, and it is just once, buried in one of the film assignments, then the student could find that without knowing in advance where to look. It would also be great to have this for the whole account. For example, I could then search for late policies, open all the hits in separate tabs, and then write out my master list for myself.
Please also add Replace function!
How is it that Atomic Search LTI can search a course, but Instructure can't? Hmmm....
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