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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
montabon
Surveyor II

This has likely been mentioned before, but if for no other reason than to post office hours this feature would be useful.  Also, if you have a very detailed calendar entry, currently you have to remember to store a copy in MS Word (for example) so that you don't have to re-type all the text.  Such a feature would eliminate this hassle.

tvannelli
Community Member

I am trying to use the Canvas calendar to advertise relevant campus event to my students in multiple classes and at this point I am forced to enter each event multiple times so that all my students can see them. This is a serious tax on my time at the cost of providing my students with valuable information regarding key events that relate to their academic and professional development. Being able to select multiple calendars for a single event would be immensely helpful and time-saving.

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.

bjkniffin
Surveyor

So, here we are THREE YEARS LATER from the original post and nothing has changed? I find this extremely frustrating. I just don't understand why there hasn't been a change when so many have voted and commented the same types of comments. It just seems to fall on deaf ears. There is a need from more than one person but it seems to make no difference. I give up!

1373512458
Surveyor

I agree. It would help almost every teacher in our school system.  Many know they would use this feature and I am always asked about it. 

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Hi  @bjkniffin ‌

I understand your frustration, and I'm sorry.  We get so many amazing ideas, and we sincerely wish that we could build solutions for all of them, but like an institution we do not have infinite resources (oh, wow do we wish that we did!).  We do our best to communicate the Priorities we're working on, and communicate how the feature ideas influence those priorities.  The votes on this idea are significant, but when you look at it in the context of the greater list (here) there are many others that are just as highly voted, or more so.‌ None of this falls on deaf ears, I promise.

lisa_stenmark
Community Member

How about just the ability to add in office hours -- they are drop in, for all classes. Crazy that I can't just have it on my calendar so students have that available.   

lisa_stenmark
Community Member

But, this seems so basic!  We all have office hours -- some of us are REQUIRED to have them.  Students don't sign up, they show up. I really don't have an extra hour (or more) to manually add in the same exact information, for three classes, for all 15 weeks (two slots a week). That is 90 separate entries....... 

kkrupin
Community Member

I second all of this!  And not just calendar events, but also being able to post assignments and announcements to multiple classes at once as well!  I teach four periods of high school biology and it is really daunting thinking about having to post quizzes (e.g. a formative, multiple choice vocab quiz), assignments (e.g. "Watch this video and answer these questions"), and announcements (like reminders about an upcoming quiz) FOUR times each. Smiley Sad :smileycry:

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @kkrupin  , and welcome to the Canvas Community!

Why not simply create your content in one section, then just copy it into the other three? I teach multiple sections of a college course, and I just build one, then copy to the others.Course copy is very easy in Canvas, and you can learn more at  https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12935-415257077 

I hope this is helpful,

Kelley

triciaalpers
Surveyor

For like classes, you can cross list your classes.

lglen
Surveyor

I can't believe you can't do this already. Some of the things I think of as basic functions just aren't present in Canvas...

kidsonh
Community Member

We NEED this, sooner than later.  While instructors can cross-list courses to combine multiple similar sections, that isn't always the preferred option.  In cases where I am managing several sections of the same course, some course elements may be aligned and others may be out of sync, depending on the kiddos in the class.  Creating calendar events across multiple courses (like a little checkbox menu when you go to create an event or an assignment) seems like a no-brainer. 

I just finished working with a fine arts teacher who wanted to post concert dates for her students in multiple levels of orchestra - all of their concerts are on the same days, they just play at different times during the evening (and everyone has to be there for the whole event).  We couldn't figure out how to do this easily, so I told her I'd go investigate and get back to her with a solution... turns out, we couldn't figure it out because it wasn't possible!  Yikes!

dkalina
Surveyor

The reason I quit "starting" to use Canvas was because of the calendar limitation. I learned Google Classroom instead and love the platform. I am willing to give Canvas another try if we are able to post assignments to multiple classes instead of having to go through the gymnastics of "copy" "paste"

lglen
Surveyor

Your post made me go look at Google Classrooms. Turns out I already have an account! It looks very much like Canvas on the surface, and I'm looking forward to playing around and getting familiar with it.

One problem is that my institution really wants me to use Canvas. Most instructors here use it, and the students do like that they can see all their course information in one place. I keep "starting" to use Canvas for this reason, but with every attempt I find something I really dislike about it. Calendar view being limited to a calendar month is ridiculous, and the inability to create a calendar event that affects multiple classes is just myopic. I mean, at the very least, we all have school holidays; these should be able to be entered once instead of separately for each class. I know text doesn't use much space, but among other things, I have to store three times the amount of data for one event! 

And that's just the calendar. Don't get me started! There's this huge push to use Canvas, and it has some good features, but until the BASIC, essential features work (like this marvelous new gradebook that doesn't display the average of an assessment, even though the old gradebook did and I can't switch back to the old gradebook?!?!?), I'm NOT sold. 

rnewburn
Community Member

I have multiple versions of the same course since I have accommodated and modified assignments for kids with learning disabilities. Additionally, I have a number of English Language Learners. They have their own version of the course too. This is obviously a lot of extra work, and I wish I didn't then have to also create 5 different calendar assignments. Of course, there are also things such as holidays that are universal. Being able to just click on all of the classes that would get a particular assignment or notification would really save me!

salim_lakhani
Community Member

I would like to display my office hours on all course calendar without adding it to each individual calendar manually. I am teaching four different classes and I have same office hours for all four classes.

powelwc
Community Member

This idea makes way too much sense, and I can't imagine that it would be difficult for the technical team to implement. How many votes does it require for this issue to be addressed?

lglen
Surveyor

Yes, and yet still we wait. Apparently it needs to be in the top ten percent of requests/number of votes to be considered. I have no idea where you're supposed to go to see what its status is. I like software that works well rather than software designed by popularity of desired features. The "desired" features should just be there to start with...

powelwc
Community Member

Yes!