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A staff member at our university would like to have a 'search' bar at the top of each Canvas course so that students can quickly search for relevant content stored within the course itself i.e. files, content on pages/assignments etc.
This is especially useful as we minimise our course navigation menu and hide our 'files' section in most Canvas courses. However, if a file itself is still published and they just cant find where it is embedded, they should still be able to search for and find the specific file.
Very much agree - lets get this implemented!
Be able to Search in all "Courses" for titles of lectures, pdf's. So I wouldn't have to click through 20 courses to find the single lecture called "Microbiology". I could just universally search "Microbiology" and see on the titles of the pdfs that have been uploaded or named that from across all the canvas courses.
Hi there, As a teacher I would find it soooo incredibly helpful to have a search function in Canvas that allows me to find content within specific shells or even across all my shells. I've been teaching some courses for 9 semesters now, and I KNOW there is out-of-date content in there but there's gotta be a better way than going through all my shells page by page, line by line to check it all/find something that I could just search for - especially if I'm just looking for one particular source or similar. PLEASE INCLUDE A SEARCH FUNCTION IN THE NEXT UPDATE. Cheers, P.
Atomic Search is an integration that enables searching in Canvas content: www.atomicjolt.com/atomic-search
This is an essential tool in today's world of "search-is-the-new-file."
Please add this feature!
@stelpstra it's a good point! But we're facing an up-hill battle encouraging the university to pay for yet another tool (Atomic Search). One department has even talked about developing one internally. Another way to get a search function would be for Instructure to add the functionality to its LMS as a native feature.... Though I do understand that there is little incentive for Instructure to do anything about it when people are paying themselves for the add-on!
I'm sorry to see this idea archived. A global search tool would be an excellent addition to native Canvas functionality. We now use Atomic Search, but it is relatively expensive. A search tool would allow instructors to update/improve course content more easily, allow students to find content more easily, etc. It just seems like it should be a basic feature of any robust LMS.
I believe this is an essential item for Canvas that has been missing since day 1. I don't know how many times (too many to even contemplate counting) when content has changed and I've had to go through page by page, assignment by assignment, etc. to find references to the information that needs to be changed. Having a global search function would have saved me endless hours.
We should be able to go into a specific subject/course and be able to search through the entire course using a search bar. This will save students so much time by wasting less time looking for what they want/need and find things way quicker by searching a topic or phrase within that course.
There should be a search function on the Canvas homepage, or Dashboard page to search for documents and files within different courses. When looking for a specific document, we are having to click through dozens of courses and search within each course for a specific file, rather than being able to search for the file once, and being able to locate it more quickly.
What’s at the top of this page? A search tool! Please add it to Canvas.
It is unbelievable that this has been an ask for 2015 and Instructure doesn't care to implement the feature. I guess the schools already paid for Canvas and are tied to it, so they don't really care how well it works for the students?It isn't like this is rocket science. Almost everywhere you go on the Internet has search.
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