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Copy a Calendar Event

Copy a Calendar Event

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A good instructional design practice is to have a predictable module structure for students to follow throughout a course. Many courses use the calendar to clearly communicate deadlines to students, and must do so with consistent format.

 

Currently copying requires creating a calendar event, and copying content for each item. By adding a “copy” button, the effort to build a course will be greatly reduced. If this triggered a dialogue to state how many copies to make, it would be very simple to quickly build out a calendar structure.

 

Please help to flesh out this idea by discussing your particular use case in the comments.

 

25 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

This feature idea is now open for voting.

jbuchner
Community Contributor

Wasn't there a push to haver a 'repeating" event function at some point? What happened to that?

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi John,

Yes, recurring events is a feature currently in development.  You can track it's progress here: Canvas Studio: Recurring Activity Option for Calendar

Thanks,

Scott

john_morris
Community Participant

 @scottdennis ​, correct me if I am wrong, but I'm reading a key qualifier on the Canvas Studio: Recurring Activity Option for Calendar feature as "regular". It does not appear to handle "irregular" scheduling. For example, I have a simulation that has company teams competing with each other in a business scenario and requires the entire class to be in sync so that I can process their decision sets all at the same time. I process rounds about every other day... I say "about" because holidays and weekends can interfere. I like using the calendar and put all of the expected processing days on it; this is a painful and tedious process of using multiple windows, cut and pasting and making minor adjustments. The proposed solution would create a much better -- and easier to implement -- alternative.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi  @john_morris ​,

Yes, you are correct, that this feature will allow users to create batches of calendar events (every Monday until October 5th for example).  Batch event delete is on the horizon, and if I'm not mistaken, batch event editing is under consideration.

john_morris
Community Participant

 @scottdennis ​, it appears then that this current proposal which is open for voting, ​, would address the batch event editing? Is the "consideration" part about whether or not this gets 100 votes? Would the development team include it even though it only has 80 votes now? (Btw, I wish there were a way to campaign for votes. There seem to be fewer instructors participating in the voting than there are developers and administrators... I feel underrepresented in the voting.)

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi John,

Sorry for not being more clear.  I was referring to

I can see where you are coming from with wanting more instructors to participate in the forums.  Hopefully over time the word will get around more.

KristinL
Community Team
Community Team

Hi  @jbuchner  - Did you see the latest Canvas Production Release Notes?

peytoncraighill
Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

For better or worse, this can be accomplished using the recurring activity option for Calendar. That solution doesn't perfectly serve all the cases this particular request might cover, but it's as close as we'll get for the time being.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Thanks, Peyton!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
  Idea is currently in Product Radar Learn more about this stage...
kmcpher1
Community Member

It would be helpful to copy to other courses as well. Thanks!

mbrown6
New Member

I like this idea, but am a little unclear.  Is this to copy within a class (which, agreed, you could likely do a repeat), or amont different course calendars?  If it is the case to copy within a class, what if the repeat is not every Friday?  What if the event falls on different days depending on unit cycles or some other factor?  I agree that a copy button would be beneficial - to add the even ton a different date within a course would be marvelous.

Even more so, as an instructor with multiple science courses, I am working to share community events with all of the courses.  During the month of September, I have 7 community events to share with 6 different classes.  That means I have to create 42 different events for just 7 events.  This is taking an absurd amount of time.  Forward thinking for the rest of the school year - do I just say, eh, forgettaboutit kids - and not share these fabulous community events with them?  Or, is there a way I can create one event in one course, and then import or share it with another class?  I looked in the Canvas Instructor Guides and see nothing that can help.  Advice is appreciated, but a simpler route to sharing such events and saving time would be greatly appreciated.


Sincerely,

Mickey Sullivan

San Diego Unified School District

kmcpher1
Community Member

I agree. This describes the need of many instructors at our university.

jbuchner
Community Contributor

Could you use course import (selected content) and import the events to your other courses? Still not exactly what you want, but maybe slightly faster?

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Greetings  @jthoms ‌

In the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2018-06-11) there is a section on Event Duplication.  It's not a new feature, but it is an update to the previously known "recurring event" feature.  

Does the functionality of this feature meet what you are seeking? 

jthoms
New Member

It's not quite exactly what I had in mind, as the duplication is tied to the original date, but it goes a long way towards what the intention was. 

I would have to test to be sure, but I'd imagine one workaround would be to set a daily repeat for the desired number of copies and then to drag to the desired days of the event (assuming it's not a regular occurrence).

Humbled and glad to see so many of these duplication requests moving forward.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Thank you for taking a look  @jthoms ! 

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

 

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

alexey_vdovin
New Member

As a temporary partial fix for this issue I suggest making a Duplicate functionality(How do I duplicate an event in the Calendar as an instructor?) available for the events that have been created before. Currently duplication is only possible when creating a new event.