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Create a single course calendar entry across multiple classes

Create a single course calendar entry across multiple classes

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When you have an event that applies to multiple classes it would be Great to enter the event once and have it post to multiple course calendars.

What I would like is a way to enter the same assignment for multiple

classes, without having to type it in 3 or 4 different times.  For example:

We use the ALEKS Math program. I want to enter an 'ALEKS' work day for all

my classes, without having to retype it.

85 Comments
biray
Community Member

Thank you for your submission. I can see how this might cut down on a teacher's workflow. As far as things like school vacation or major events, have you (or your Canvas admin) had an opporutnity to leverage the Canvas API to post one event on multiple course calendars?

linda_wagner
Community Member

I assume Canvas API is the person in charge at the district level...In any

event, I was thinking more along the lines of when I'm doing the same thing

with all my classes one day (like working on a Computer program, or

watching the same video, or celebrating Pi day), so this would still be

something I'd like to be able to do as a teacher at a classroom level.

On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:54 PM, biray@instructure.com <

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Linda

That makes sense.  For the Institution events like holidays, no school days, etc, there is already a request here " modifiedtitle="true" title="Account level calendar (and sub-account level calendar).

Would you please edit your idea (using the edit tool the right of the idea when you open it) to reflect the more specific class use cases you defined above and we'll be happy to move this forward for voting.

linda_wagner
Community Member

I must be really brain dead, because I can't locate any 'edit tool to the

right of the idea when I open it'. And I'm not sure where I'm supposed to

open the idea.

What I would like is a way to enter the same assignment for multiple

classes, without having to type it in 3 or 4 different times. For example:

We use the ALEKS Math program. I want to enter an 'ALEKS' work day for all

my classes, without having to retype it.

On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 1:05 PM, rcarney@instructure.com <

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Not a problem.  I went ahead and added your additional description and edited the title.  The Edit option is to the right of your feature idea under the menu "Actions".  It only appears when you open the feature idea, it will not show in the preview of the inbox.

Let me know if you need help with anything.  Your idea will open for voting in August.

julie_alspach
Community Member

Not sure how to vote but I vote YES

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Voting does not open on this idea until August 5th!  How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea is now open for voting.

buellj
Learner II

I could see this being useful for office hours across multiple courses taught by one instructor.

josh_thompson
Community Member

I agree WHOLEHEARTEDLY!!!

I have had to import a google calendar into my pages to work around this for now-it's just too much work to add all the events in all Five of my classes...

nick_juknelis
Surveyor

For example, I have five separate music ensembles.  They have different assignments, different music, different curricular goals.  BUT, there is only one concert date for all the ensembles.  Is it possible to enter that performance information one time for all five classes?

jswhite
Community Member

I agree that this is needed.  I teach multiple sections of the same course at a University.  When I add events, I am having to add them separately in each section.  This takes too much of my time.

Since you asked for specifics from Linda, I'll add mine here also.  Events in my class include the following types: 1. Deadlines to submit items to another office at the university. 2. Workshops that they may attend for extra credit (also elsewhere) 3. Dates that special guest speakers will be in my face to face class (I like to alert my online class to this so that they may attend if able).   There are other cases as well, but I think this gives the gist.

breesean_pittma
Community Member

In addition, my school is currently piloting Canvas with Skyward as the SIS.  Instead of having different sections in a Canvas course to represent different periods, I have each class period as a separate course.  Therefore, I have 3 canvas courses that are identical with assignments/tests/dates/rubrics/tests -literally (and yes I actually mean literally) everything is the same.   Right now, I am creating the next module completely and importing into the other courses.  However, if I notice that there is a mistake or something I need to change.  I need to go into each course separately to fix this.  I would love if I could just fix 1 assignment, rather than 3 of the same.

bjkniffin
Surveyor

I teach an elective at two schools and have 34 separate classes listed in my courses. It would help so much to be able to add the same event to more than one calendar at the same time rather than having to type it over and over and over. There are times when I need to add something to everyone and other times when I need to add to one grade level. Please consider giving this option as it would save an abundance of time. Thank you!

P.S. It would also be nice to import content to multiple classes at one time. For any teacher of elective classes, having to import to each class separately takes more time than I want to be spending on this. There are many times that most teachers will want to import the same information to every course they have. Being able to do all things with multiple classes would be VERY APPRECIATED! Thanks for your consideration in this!

breesean_pittma
Community Member

It seems as if you could change permission in courses --> assign to --> be able to add other courses

and in calendar --> in the calendar pull down --> be able to toggle multiple courses

bestor
Community Member

I totally agree!  I teach several classes that share, for example, guest lecturers, common due dates, class holidays, my office hours, etc., and it is a real pain to have to enter the same thing two or three times, multiplied over the 13 weeks of a semester.  And, as things stand right now, if you designate an entry for a particular course, you cannot change it without deleting the whole entry and starting anew.

This aspect of Canvas needs attention!  Soon!

allison
Instructure
Instructure

Ooooh, this is a good one! Thanks for your comments! Tell me more about how often you run up against this:

Daily?

Weekly?

Monthly?

At the start of the semester?

Also, I'd be curious to know if anyone has tried importing assignments from existing courses to solve this problem. It's a bit of a workaround, but how much of the problem would that approach solve and where would that approach be lacking?

bjkniffin
Surveyor

Daily! This is very frustrating to have to type something over 34 times each day! Please fix this soon! Thank you!

breesean_pittma
Community Member

The import is fine for big groups (like a whole module), but for some reason when I import the "post to SIS" unchecks, so then I have to go through the whole module to just click that one toggle.

I create an entire module at once to get around this issue, but it would be SOOO much easier to do just 1 entry.  This would also help if there is an change I have to make to an assignment/event, I would only have to do it once.

curtain
Learner II

If one teaches more than one or two courses in higher ed there is at least the monthly need to add events to the calendars of multiple courses.  If you teach multiple sections of the same course and do not crosslist them this is valuable.  For our coordinators who work with running all the entry level Spanish or Chem or Biology or Human Nutrition courses with multiple TAs, etc often have the need to post events (scholarship, travel abroad, research info sessions, tutoring or remedial sessions, etc).