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Discussion Post Revision History

Discussion Post Revision History

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There should be a revision history for discussion posts for many reasons.

  • If a student says something against the school behavior standards but then edits it, we need a record of what was said.
  • If we use "must post before seeing replies" sometimes students will post a blank space to see the replies and then edit their response. Yes we see that editing was done, but we don't know that the blank space thing happened.
  • As much as we'd like to think this would never happen, right now a teacher can edit a student's post to be a crappy post and then assign a low grade. The student has no record of what the original post said when making a grade appeal.

I feel like this one's a no-brainer and ought to be fixed ASAP. 

7 Comments
Steven_S
Community Champion

In the meantime the ability to edit discussion posts is a feature that I turn off.  In the settings tab, scroll down to "more options" and you can uncheck "Let students edit or delete their own discussion posts."

CMWilson
Community Participant

There should be a discussion post history similar to how there is a page history. Instructor's should be able to see the history of edited posts made by students. Many faculty have the problem with students posting their initial post of a word or less and then going back and changing that to a real post, but the faculty member has no way to track that behavior without reworking how the discussion board works. Allowing the history would allow the instructor to see the original post and the changes the student made. When necessary, the instructor can use this as documentation. When edit is used as intended, no harm, no foul.

scott_lockhart
New Member

@Steven_S is that still an option (to not allow students to edit their post)? I don't see it on my end. Thank you.

Steven_S
Community Champion

You have to select more options at the bottom of the course settings page below the description text box, and then the option should be visible.  In my courses it is the 4th of 8 options that appear.  If it is not there, your canvas admin might have done something to block the choice. 

scott_lockhart
New Member

Thank you for that. Really appreciate it.

paulamiranda
New Member

I support this feature idea because it allows users the flexibility to edit their own posts, while giving the instructor the ability to review a posts version history, in case there are concerns about academic integrity/honor code violations. 

Right now, we must encourage faculty to enable a setting that prevents students from editing their own posts, but what if there is a reasonable need for a student to do so, especially in the context of a discussion forum where what we share will be available for others to read, which may require us to further edit and refine it.

akinsey
Community Contributor

Definitely see the value in this--for all the reasons listed above. We want to provide students what they need to succeed, but we also need to be able to see if there are issues that need addressing at an institutional level.