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Customize the View in Dashboard

Customize the View in Dashboard

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As a course design assistant, my dashboard gets entirely too overloaded and the need to scroll to find the course I need to access can go on for a while due to the size of the cards.

I would love to be able to organize my dashboard in a list view and be able to create multiple lists. For example, I help with courses for anthropology, comparative literature and psychology, so let me create groups for those types of courses in 3 columns so that I can see all of my courses in the dashboard quickly and select the one I want to access without the need to scroll.

If I could then also split those columns in half so that I could put anthropology and psychology in one column, comlit and english in the next column and then have room for two more categories it would make my life so much easier!

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jbrady2
New Member

 @klc137 ‌ While this won't provide exactly what you are looking for, the solution that  @James  created (Sorting Dashboard Course Cards) will at least allow you to sort the dashboard cards in a meaningful way for you, while you wait to see if other sorting solutions are created.

klc137
New Member

Hi Jeff, I appreciate the reminder that course cards can be dragged and dropped into any order we want. Unfortunately, it still doesn't reduce the amount of scrolling I have to do when I am looking for a course in the dashboard. Alternatively, is there a way to make it so that upon logging into Canvas the default view is of my full course list instead of the dashboard? I still have to scroll in there but, at least I have it in list view and can see more courses faster.

jbrady2
New Member

Kerri, Unfortunately, I don't believe there is, or may ever be an easy and/or universally supported solution to this issue as it does not seem to be one that enough individuals using Canvas have to deal with, or they simply live with it as part of using the product. I submitted a Feature Idea a while back asking for the ability to sort the courses on the Courses list page and add my own "section" titles similar to the current Past Enrollments and Future Enrollments. I am also often enrolled in multiple courses in various roles and wanted to be able to easily find a course based upon the role I held in that course, and this seemed like the easiest way to organize the courses, but it did not gain enough traction among the community to go forward.

cms_hickss
Community Member

Maybe this Idea needs to be in two parts:

  1. Let the user pick their default dashboard view:
    • See Courses as a List
    • See Courses as Cards
  2. Let users order/group their courses

I will say that columns, if you are talking about tables will/could present accessibility issues --especially with how tables are read by screenreaders.

klc137
New Member

Susan,  I like the way you think. I honestly though the settings button on the Dashboard the first time I saw it was what would allow me to alter my view from cards to a list. Sadly, I was mistaken. 

I was also not really thinking I wanted the view to be a real table because you are right- those do cause massive accessibility problems. I was thinking more along the lines of proper code with CSS <div> tags that give the user access to alter the layout in the list view to be either two or three columns across and then allow one to toss in Headers above the columns.

Heck, even just the ability to create folders so that I could toss all my ANTH courses into an ANTH folder, etc. . . in a list view so that I could open/ close the folder like you can do with pages and subpages on a website would be awesome. 

Can you tell I like to control the way I organize my computer/ files or what? 😉

klc137
New Member

I am sorry to hear your idea didn't move forward. It sounds like a good one that I would have up voted! With Canvas being use more among colleges and universities Canvas really should think about the Instructional Designers that are working in creating Master Courses that then need to be duplicated into multiple sections and what the user experience is like for them. Worrying about the end user/ student/ instructor is good form. But, designers need to be thought of as well.

jbrady2
New Member

Kerri, I like your idea of folders. My mind immediately went how a user can organize apps on a phone or tablet. It would create an extra click, but only for those users who would choose to employ the folder feature for organizing their courses. I know that this would be a feature that I would use. I currently keep my dashboard clutter free by only having the courses there that I know I will probably be working on during the upcoming month, which may not work for everyone depending upon their workload; however, this causes its own issue in that when I get a question from an instructor whose course I am in as an instructional designer but isn't currently listed on the dashboard, then I have to go find the course on the Courses list page, which can be tedious in and of itself.

fosterl
New Member

I like the various organization ideas here! I am voting this idea up because I agree with you all that something needs to be done.

jhess1
New Member

We definitely need the ability to organize our Dashboards more effectively!  Here are some thoughts:

1. Could we at least have different "folders" based on our role in the course?  (I.e. one folder for courses where we are instructors, another folder for courses where we are listed as students)

2. Even better would be the ability to create our own folders and choose the name, then place courses into the folders.  (I am thinking of the way GoogleDrive, PCs, and Macs organize multiple files.  Folders are something we are all familiar with.)

a_coombs
Community Member

One other idea for the pot would be to give people some options to choose how to group the cards, e.g. by Term, by Sub-account, by Role, etc. - whilst I appreciate that giving people the power to create their own categorisation would allow all of the above, for many of our students and staff their expectation is that Canvas should be able to do this automatically for them.

jkornheisl
Community Member

Tossing in my two cents. Being able to organize course cards under folders or headings would be an incredible QOL improvement. I frequently have faculty asking if there's a way to group the cards according to term, discipline, role, etc. I'm shocked that this doesn't have more votes!

Steven_S
Community Member

Being able to customize the dashboard has the potential to make it more usable.  Another update that would help would be to keep global announcements from entirely overtaking the screen: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/15976-minimize-global-announcements-on-dashboard 

richardm
New Member

This would be a fantastic feature for those times of the year when I am active in a number of different courses supporting our teachers.

K_Gordy
New Member

In our district, we have Special Education teachers and support staff with 30 or more active course cards because of the large number of learners they are serving in person and online. It is cumbersome for them to sift through the courses in list or card view. It would be great if Canvas users had the option to organize their courses in folders. 

dbradbury
New Member

I am setting up a large number of courses, and my dashboard is far too cluttered. Folders would be a huge help.

ide3
New Member

There should be an option to filter courses on the dashboard by semester etc.

By default, once a user logs in, all courses show at once and the only options are more aesthetic than anything (Card View, List View). A user should have the ability to filter by year and semester.

juliadewees
New Member

It would be great to have the ability to sort courses into folders in the All Courses view. Especially for admin who have tons of courses. 

faleirobrian
New Member

As a student who is a Teaching Assistant, I want to have separate dashboards/to-do lists and views for my courses where I am a student and those where I am a Teaching Assistant, so that I can track my student deliverables and due dates separately from those where I am a Teaching Assistant. 

Background - I am a Teaching Assistant for 4 courses while I am a student for 3 courses. I have 7 courses that show up on my dashboard and almost 15 items in my to-do list at any point in time, which consists of a mixed bag of assignments that I need to complete as a student and those that I need to grade as a TA. As a result of which, it gets really difficult for me to track my course deadlines as a student and affects my personal course performance. 

Suggestion - Have a feature to switch between profiles - Student and Teaching Assistant, on any account, so that you can view your courses and all related items separately and thus improve course tracking abilities. 

YihongLiu
New Member

There are too many cards in the dashboard. However, some are not always important, such as  liverpool welcome, ELECEXAMS, and make the dashboard messy. So I suggest adding a hidden choice of cards in the dashboard.

wojcika
Community Member

It would be great if the Dashboard on Canvas Website had multiple rows and columns to organize our class blocks in any specific order we desire.

I would prefer, in my case for example, to have all the Command Line Shell classes in one single row, and then all my Security+ classes in another different row (line), and so on.  What I can only do is to shuffle them up, but not organize them because they all are in a continuous line.

So, if there were columns and rows to re-arrange them, it would be beneficial for a lot of us that have many classes per semester.