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Delete submissions by students

Delete submissions by students

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Hello!

 

A situation recently came up in class where we wanted to remove a submission that a student uploaded to an assignment. We were told by support that "the only way to do that is to remove the assignment completely from the course," which isn't the most convenient thing (because then we delete other submissions by other students).

 

It would be useful to have an option for faculty and TAs to delete submissions for individual students.

 

Thank you!

141 Comments
kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @amanda_liana_mc ​, I did a quick search and found these feature ideas that seemed similar to what you were wanting - & . Both of these ideas have been archived, one for a low number of votes and the other got a response from Canvas. You might want to check out these ideas, add your feedback and follow them so you'll be alerted to any updates.

kroeninm
Explorer II

 @amanda_liana_mc ​, why would you want to remove a submission when the student can resubmit the assignment?  Just curious.  Maybe incorrect submissions of some kind? 

- Melanie

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. February 3, 2016 - Wed. May 4, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Melanie:

I tend to agree with you on this one, which is perhaps why the previous attempts at this feature failed from low votes.

However, I would like to see more use-case scenarios before I completely make up my face (my mind is shot to heck). There may be scenarios where this could be useful, although I have been teaching in Canvas for almost four years and have not encountered one yet.

KLM

canvas_admin
Community Member

I constantly get students who inadvertently the wrong assignment to the wrong assignment slot.  Yes, the students can upload the correct assignment and so it will show up there with multiple submissions.  The problem is that one of the submissions is completely wrong and does not belong there at all.

Additionally, sometimes I get the feeling students do this "accidentally" to get around pre-requisites that we've set up.  I would love to be able to delete their submission so that the pre-requisite reverted back to not being fulfilled. 

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Mark:

Great use-case scenario!

See, this is what I was looking for, and your scenario makes sense to me. I seldom use pre-requisites in my own courses, but if I did I would hate to have them circumvented by a student uploading their shopping list or some such thing.

Thanks Mark!

KLM

ezaurova
Community Member

Personally, I'm nervous about your suggestion.  I've actually come across situations in the past where I've been glad that records of student attempts couldn't be modified by the student.  For example, the "I know I uploaded it, I don't know why it's not showing up" would become a lot easier if they could say "oh, I must have accidentally deleted my submission".  Also, if a student resubmitted an assignment because one question was missing or came out blurry, I can see whether they took the opportunity to adjust any other questions.  I guess as long as some record is kept and accessible by the instructor, I would be okay with it.  But I would not want the case where the student could just delete all record of their initial submissions.

nnorman
Community Member

In my case, I have an assignment that the class can 't get to.  I wanted to un-publish the assignment to avoid confusion.  But because there was a submission by a single student, I can not unpublish.  Of course I would be happy with just being able to unpublish the assignment with perhaps a warning about there being submissions.   I did up vote this item.

nnorman
Community Member

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is about the teacher deleting submissions.  I'm not sure how I'd feel if that included the student's ability to delete submissions.  I don't think I'd be in favor of that.

tbunag
Community Member

Considering the use case involving pre-requisites, perhaps a better option would be to be able to "Mute" a student's submission or something similar, instead of deleting it entirely.  This wouldn't help the published/unpublished issue, but I see this as a very different use case.  An additional benefit of being able to mute a particular submission would be in streamlining grading for when a student has submitted multiple copies of the same assignment.

ezaurova
Community Member

Thanks, Nathaniel.  I had interpreted the idea as creating the ability to delete a submission in general, but I do now see that this would be for faculty only.  That being the case, I actually think Mark brought up a great use-case regarding students trying to get around per-requisites.  Also, Nathaniel, I've run into a similar issue before regarding not being able to unpublish an assignment because there had been a submission, which was actually mine.  It was a bit annoying.  Okay, I'm voting this feature up.

macaulayl
Surveyor

We had an instance where a file got uploaded that had tracked changes/comments that were not professional and the student was mortified that comments they didn't make (a friend or spouse had peer reviewed before she submitted) were there for the faculty member to see.  But there was no way for me to remove it.  I agree that this should be an admin or teacher level function and not a student level function.

915085611
Surveyor

I like this suggestion a lot--something that causes Canvas to treat that submission as invalid (mute the submission or require a re-submission--resetting the student view of that assignment) while also keeping the content of an incorrect submission would potentially solve the issues that have been raised.

My use-case for this is in a composition class. I have separate "peer-review" and "final submission" assignments for papers, and there are times when a student posts a peer-review draft to the final submission. This causes the student to see the final submission as completed while the peer review has not been completed. If I could click something in the "final submission" assignment that shows the student that the final draft was not actually submitted, the student would then have the correct information in his or her to-do list.

915085611
Surveyor

I, too, have run into this before.

1191658422
Surveyor

I'm trying to change the group settings but am unable to do so because  Students have already submitted homework on this assignment, so group settings cannot be changed.  being able to remove that submission would allow me access to those settings and allow the group to submit the work.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @1191658422 , this is a good use case for why this feature is needed. Right now the only thing I can think of is deleting the assignment and recreating it, which is definitely not idea. Smiley Sad

KAilsa_Rowan
Community Member

Another use case is if a student submitted inappropriate content, e.g. to a peer-reviewed assignment. Faculty could remove the inappropriate content to lessen the effect on other students.

However the most common use case is definitely when students submit the wrong assignment---e.g. they accidentally submit their formal paper to the journal assignment. They may re-submit the formal paper in the right place, but then the tracking about whether the journal assignment has been fulfilled will be misleading. In these situations I really want to be able to remove the wrongly submitted assignment so that the tracking will be correct.

ep8736
Community Member

As a student, I have multiple thoughts on this matter. I did an online course one time, and I had to wait to move on to the rest of the module until the teacher graded the submission. I am nervous about a teacher being able to delete a submission without the student's knowledge because if the teacher had something against the student, they could delete the assignment and claim they didn't. The solution there would be a log that shows the student deleted submissions, as well as two dialog boxes (since many people don't actually read them) confirming the deletion.

John_Lowe
Learner II

Why make them mute it instead?  Make muting an option if you want, but make deletion an option too.  There are times when an institution may really want a submission gone from the LMS in all possible ways.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Eric.  Thank you so much for sharing the student perspective and broadening our lens of use cases here.  We really appreciate it!