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Copy an Assignment

Copy an Assignment

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

  Idea will be open for vote Wed. July 1, 2015 - Wed. October 7, 2015  Learn more about voting...

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A good instructional design practice is to have a predictable module structure for students to follow throughout a course. Assignments often have consistent options and text (ie: honor code statements) throughout a course.

 

Currently copying requires creating a new assignment, and copying content for each item. By adding a “copy” option to the options gear, 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 course structure.

 

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

 

Edit: taking quizzes out of this request -- please vote and comment at Duplicate Quizzes

 

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-07-15) 

62 Comments
brendaa
Community Contributor

This would be very helpful.  We encourage low-stakes quizzing and assignments.  In some cases these are handled in class so the ability to quickly create multiple quizzes or assignments that would show up in Quizzes, Assignments, Calendar and Grade Center would be great.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

This feature idea is now open for voting.

janejump
Community Member

This would be a really helpful feature for our Nursing classes who assignment Weekly Log Sheets for students to submit. The assignment is essentially the same each week, but they are each graded so they need to be set up as individual assignments. Every semester the Nursing faculty will call and ask if assignments can be copied (definition of insanity?!). This would be a huge timesaver!

lbenaloh
New Member

I would LOVE to be able to copy assignments.  Many of my assignments are essentially the same, with only minor differences.  Sometimes I have the exact same assignment wording multiple times.  I've used Question Banks to help with duplicate quizzes, but have been very frustrated to not be able to copy assignments.  If we can copy assignments between courses, why can't we copy them within a course?

mniehaus
New Member

You've articulated everything I would have said.   Thank you

zetlan_berkeley
New Member

I want my students to attend a meeting on campus several times during the semester, and then do a write-up of the meeting each time.  Therefore, the assignment is essentially the same each time, but I have to create the assignment from scratch each time I add it to our calendar.  It's a big waste of time. 

bbroniak
New Member

We also have gotten requests for being able to copy/duplicate a quiz.  A use case here is when setting up a quiz for someone that needs an accommodation...and only making minor tweaks to the quiz and/or settings for the quiz.  It's different enough that you need a separate copy, but close enough that recreating the entire quiz is too much effort.  Unless there is a better way to handle this situation?

jthoms
New Member

I'd bet this is a very common use case. Thanks for thinking to share it, bbroniak​!

Currently, the workflow would be to export the content and re-import. I'd also suggest that sharing the quiz to Canvas Commons wouldn't make much sense in this case either.

lbenaloh
New Member

Another possibility, rather than exporting it and re-importing it, would be to use the "unfiled" question bank, but that would be a pain.  Sometimes I've resorted to creating a dummy class (just once), copying the quiz into that dummy class, making changes, then copying it back.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Hi  @jthoms ​

There is a feature idea for " modifiedtitle="true" title="Duplicate Quizzes that we must have missed when we moved yours forward.  Your idea does have very specific details on where the copy/duplicate function should exist, but I'm confident you can add that to the comments of Duplicate Quizzes thread.

I would like to narrow this thread down to only copying assignments. Then if/when this feature is looked at by product we can make sure to provide transparent and accurate information on stage tracking.  When we have two features (assignments & quizzes) melded together it is difficult to clearly communicate if one is at a different stage than the other.

Please let me know if you would like to edit this feature idea or if you are ok with me modifying it.

Thank you.

jthoms
New Member

I tried to sort things out with an edit to the request text and a comment on . Feel free to modify, if I've missed something.

Glad to help with community gardening Smiley Happy

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

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You rock! 

Thank you!

DaleDrees
Community Champion

Oh my Gosh - Love the Picture!

jthoms
New Member

Awww... Smiley Happy

rmiller
New Member

In my classes there are several reading assignments that are functionally the same except for the page numbers in the text.  It would save much time and potential for mistakes if we could copy the assignment then simply update the parts of the assignment that are different.  Not being able to do this has added considerably to the time required to set up a course.

hollands
Community Contributor

I'm probably misunderstanding the question (I decided to give up coffee recently so my brain doesn't begin to function until around 11:30 EST), but my group uses a small workaround. It doesn't apply in every case but if you go into Settings and Import Content into this course you can actually select your own course. Select "choose content" or whatever it's called then select the Assignment in Question, It will make a copy of said assignment. Even if they're named the same since Canvas creates a unique URL for each assignment.

Our course designs tend to keep the assignment area pretty barren in terms of text and directions (we use a Google Doc overview for all of that), so for us it works pretty well. I've learned to jot down the URL for the assignment I don't want to change though!

I totally agree a copy button would be 10x easier but it is possible to do at least to some degree.

kedgecomb
Community Champion

I like the idea of a copy option!  That would be helpful to instructors when they are designing modules and using similar types of assignments in each module!  Thank you for suggesting!

emily
Community Champion

Such a crucial basic function!

lisaarter
New Member

I have my pre-service teachers do weekly reflections based on their practicums.  Same assignment for 15 weeks.  Being able to copy would be amazing!

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure

Hello Colleagues,

This is a great idea, and one we are actively exploring.  We may not get to this in the next six months; however, it is on our radar to allow copying of multiple types of gradable content within Canvas. We expect to share more as we can on this feature's status.

Jason