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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
bestor
Community Member

I agree entirely that being able to add an event across multiple classes with a single listing is vitally ijmportant!  Almost every week there is something on campus -- a visiting speaker, a film screening, a fellowship deadline -- that I want to bring to the attention of students in several of my courses, and it is a pain to have to reenter each one again for each class.

I would like to add a couple of other things.  As things stand now if you enter an event and inadvertently add it to the wrong class, you cannot go back in and just reassign the event to the proper course; it appears you have to erase it and start over again!  This is a waste of time and effort.

And, I would like to be able to add recurrenting event (like lab session, 3 pm everything Thursday, as a series.  Right now the system only accepts them one by one, again resulting in lots of wasted time and effort repeating the same information again and again.

bestor
Community Member

This is a problem particularly at the beginning of the semester, but I run up against it evrey week throughout the semester, as things get modified, new events open up, etc.

I don’t understand your question about importing assignments from previous semesters as a work around? This doesn’t seem to me to be related (and in any case, every semester is different in terms of dates, days of the week, etc., not to mention content that shifts from semester to semester.

1373512458
Surveyor

This would help our teachers who teach multiples classes of the same course.  Please vote this up.  It is a huge hindrance to efficiency.

1373512458
Surveyor

I don't know if this will help but...

There is a feature to add recurring events to a single course calendar, but not to multiple calendars at one. You can set the recurring events feature to "on" or "allow" in the "Feature Options"

bestor
Community Member

Hi all

This was first introduced in July.  It is now Nov.  How long does an idea get kicked around before Canvas actually does something?  I haven't seen much or any negative reaction, and lots of people (including myself) saying that the lack of this functionality is a real hindrance.

So, is Canvas going do anything or do we just keep discussing . . .

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @bestor ​

Thank you for sharing your frustration and concern.  I know that Deactivated user​ is paying attention to this idea and collecting information from the questions she posted - as she is doing on many other great feature ideas!  Our product teams appreciate the passion and engagement that is put into every idea and they strive to be open and honest with what is possible and what is not!  In order to scope the project and determine if/when it fits in the development roadmap Allison needs user use cases for the questions she has asked.

This idea did open for voting in August and received the 100 vote threshold the first part of November!  If you have questions about how long an idea will remain in the Gathering Information stage How does the voting process work for feature ideas?​ may help!

Thank you again for your participation in this conversation.  You have shared some very valuable information.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @bestor ​

As 1373512458​ graciously shared, How do I add a recurring event to a course Calendar? may help you add your lab session series!

professortull
Community Member

I'm pleased to read that this idea hit the "100 vote threshold" in November. It would be such a time saver for faculty to save items to multiple calendars. Recording office hours, for example, is something I'd like to type in once and save to all my classes. 

jonathan_carlyo
Community Member

Very excited to have this option. I hope it makes the vote.

triciaalpers
Surveyor

I would like to be able to add an event to multiple courses.

My classes are cross-listed, so I can add an event to all classes within that course.

However, I often want to add an event to all courses I teach.  (I teach 3 different courses.)

Example:  There is an event next week.  I want to add the event to my US History AND US Government classes without having to manually do it for each class.

It seems like it would be easy enough to add a select calendars option for events.  I could select all my calendars, 1 calendar, 2 calendars, etc.

triciaalpers
Surveyor

If classes are cross listed, it will add to all of the sections.

allison
Instructure
Instructure

I am happy to report that there IS some research and design happening around how to "link and lock" content in Canvas. I will archive this idea for the time being, but please feel free to reach out to Deactivated user​ if you have ideas around how to manage content (i.e. Assignments) across several courses. As far as Calendar Events go, that is something I will keep in mind as we begin initial efforts to re-think the calendar as it functions toady in  Canvas. Thanks, everyone, for your comments!

david_bondelevi
Community Member

There are many scenarios where this would be a necessity. It seems that instead of having a drop-down menu to add it to a single calendar, there should be a list of calendars with check boxes to add it to multiple calendars when the event is created.

cgiraud
Community Member

Like this idea? Me too! Vote for it here:

cohenf
Learner II

Disappointed that I couldn't chart my office hours across the calendars of all courses. Hope this is put in place. There are many other cross-course events that I post as well. Also, cross-course calendars must allow for recurring events, e.g., office hours.

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

I agree.  New to CANVAS.  First thing I wanted to do was setup my calendar for my three classes, to identify each classes' time in it's own calendar and then combine calendars to "see" where I have free time.  Just like GOOGLE calendars.  I am dumbfounded that this was not at the foundation of the software.  Now I must toggle back and forth between Google Docs and CANVAS.  Using Google Docs for the calendar and managing my schedule and CANVAS for gradable assignments, etc. Dang it.  What a waste of time.

paccioretti_tho
Community Member

New to this board.  Found the same problem and was scratching my head why the calendar wasn't like Google Calendar - easy for multiple entries.  I know schools that turn off the calendar because it is confusing to students (and tedious for us).  I tell students to review their assignments in syllabus or assignments to get an understanding of what assignments are coming up.  I now manage a Google Calendar and have to hop back and forth to make my schedules.  Very disappointed in this feature, especially as we compare it to Google stuff.

Also I don't see any posts since Oct 2016 - any progress on this instucture?

Cheers.

cohenf
Learner II

 @paccioretti_tho ‌, you'll see a note from Renee Carney, above your comment, that this is at the stage of "Product Radar." Click on the link, "Learn more about this stage" in her comment to learn precisely what that means. I've provided the link as well: New Ideation Stage:  Product Radar 

You may also go to Canvas Studio and see "Browse by Stage" on the right, which shows you where "Radar" stands relative to other stages in product development.

Anyhow, this is long answer to your question, "[A]ny progress on this instructure?" 

paccioretti_tho
Community Member

Thank you for taking the time to reply.  Radar is better than nodar, but cold comfort.  July 2015 - I think the real answer is "It's not that important to us" - fair enough, priorities need to be made.  I'll continue to use Google Calendar (nice model to follow, says me - duplications made easy, parameters, colors, task over time, etc.  pretty cool stuff) - so I can see what I need to accomplish and when, and "work around" the limitations of the Canvas Calendar, which for me is all of it's functions.  In two semesters and five courses, never once looked at it.  Please don't confuse lack of use with lack of interest - it's lack of functionality.  In fact, I have heard from some instructors (I trust they are not fibbing in their posts, nahhh, they wouldn't) - that their institution turns off the Calendar function.  Ouch.