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Drag and drop files into course modules and assignment edit windows

Drag and drop files into course modules and assignment edit windows

Could you add a "drag and drop" feature to the course modules and to the assignment edit windows? It is already easy to delete a file in the modules (gear feature) and in the assignment edit windows, but adding and editing the file content in the modules and assignment edit windows would be faster and easier for the instructors if they were able to "drag and drop" a file from their computer files into the modules/assignment edit windows.

Thank you,

Doris Brown

San Domenico School

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through the Ready Release Notes (2020-05-16) 

39 Comments
sringsmuth
Community Participant

I appreciate you saying this, but this presents an incredible change from our existing workflow here at our university. Currently all our faculty are used to a one-step solution when putting files into Modules

1. Drag and drop one or many files right into a Module

Imagine trying to explain this Canvas workflow to them:

1. Go to the Files section

2. Click Upload

3. Drag and drop your files to upload

4. Go back to the Module you wanted to put the files in

5. Click the + Button to Add Item

6. Change the drop-down selector to say "Add File..."

7. Locate the files you uploaded in the long scrolling list of files

That's assuming faculty can even remember what their files are named, which they tend to forget when doing multi-step processes like this.

GideonWilliams
Community Member

Whilst you are there, perhaps you could also investigate drag and drop of Office files that would open directly on a page eg PowerPoint, Word files etc. That functionality is in place in other VLEs eg Firefly. :O)

skylesa
New Member

I'd also like to add that drag and drop of files into the speed grader comments area would be very beneficial. We have a large number of paper exams being returned digitally and it would be great if the scans could just be dropped into the comment box without a lot of clicks.

abbottdr
New Member

Being able to drag and drop a scanned doc directly to an individual from the grade book view (much like an attachment to an email) would be fantastic and would save a lot of work on the back end as well as paper/ink etc. when trying to return graded physical items that were handed in so the students can see exactly what they missed and hopefully go back and review those specific topics.

00000975108
New Member

This should have been a feature from the beginning.  I don't understand why they are waiting for people to vote for something that obviously would improve workflow. 

jholte
New Member

And to either drag and drop image files (.jpg for example) or insert content from the clipboard!

I teach engineering, and when I ask students to upload images into a discussion, I get half the class sending me messages that they can't figure out how to get their image to upload.

sringsmuth
Community Participant

It's been quite a long time since this discussion was started. Any information on how the work is progressing? Blackboard and Brightspace allow for drag-and-drop file upload directly into Modules, but Canvas does not. It does have drag-and-drop into the File Management section, so it seems like the technology is available to have this functionality. It's just not implemented in a way that our faculty would get the most out of it.

sringsmuth
Community Participant

I'm not sure either. Drag and drop file uploading is such a basic feature these days that I can't understand how it's not part of Canvas. It's implemented in the File Manager and it's implemented for videos in Arc, but for some reason it's not available in Modules which is where faculty would need it most.

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.

cdh33
New Member

Please add this! It is such a waste of time to have to upload instead of drag and drop, and it is confusing for the students. Moodle had this feature and it was free. 

jraabe
New Member

I'm debating on making the switch to Canvas from D2L this semester (optional) or next semester (required).  I can't believe there isn't a drag and drop function into Modules and also see how it would be helpful in the Assignments.  It is available in D2L, which is pretty clunky.  Like others have said, if you can do it into the Files section, why not directly into Modules or Assignments?  I also would like more flexibility in the left hand navigation, as my Modules section is going to be huge.

Overall I was excited about switching to Canvas, but may delay as it is not as intuitive / simple as I was hoping for.

mrahaim
New Member

As a new canvas user, I have to say, the lack of a drag-and-drop feature is extremely disheartening. There's already a lot of resistance to changing over from Moodle at my university, and I'm already looking for alternatives to the incredibly convoluted workflow required by Canvas. This isn't just a different workflow that we will get used to. It requires five separate steps instead of one. It is astonishing to me that Canvas has let this idea sit for over two years without stepping up and taking action. 

austincnet
New Member

Hey check out this similar page and upvote it there too (if you haven't already)!!!

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13529-drag-and-drop-multiple-file-uploads-for-assignment-submi... 

glen_campey1
New Member

I don't know about this one - I think it would encourage a lot of people to use it as a file repository, which we're trying to discourage. We're trying to get all shared files embedded in a page wth some context rather than just chucked into a module. If this is implemented, could there be an option to disable?

GideonWilliams
Community Member

Embedding is key.

Agree with you 100% that we need to move away fro the file repository model to a more engaging, interactive resource. I make use of a interactives like H5P, Learning Apps, Quizlets and anything I can iframe..

Therefore hugely frustrating that I cannot get the Office365 integration to embed files on a page. Important that there are quick win with institutional features (for us - Office365). Been waiting (and still waiting) for embedding and other improvements to happen.

Enhancements to Office365 integration with Canvas LMS – Customer Feedback for Microsoft Office 365  Now at 13 votes!

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team
Comments from Instructure

Instructors can drag and drop to add multiple module content from the Course Home Page or the Modules page. For more information, please read through the Ready Release Notes (2020-05-16) 

ellen_peters
Community Member

I agree as well. There should definitely be an option to disable it, and not be enforced after July 18. In the current implementation the file upload box is very prominent and new users may think that this is the only way to add content to a module and not look any further. We also encourage users to add files on a page, with context. Therefore I would prefer that
a multiple file selection would be available in the New text editor (https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/15771-new-rce-multiple-file-upload" modifiedtitle="true" title...), instead of this.

jholte
New Member

The point is that if it takes numerous clicks to embed files into a page who will do it? This is not a question of where people will put the files, it is a question of how easy is it to get them.  You won't improve how faculty use Modules by making it harder to drag and drop files into pages.  The laborious nature of building pages, inserting files, copying content between modules, copying and editing rubrics, quizzes, etc. are exactly what will drive some faculty to simply use Canvas as a file repository.  

lorrie_duffy
New Member

I think a click and drag option is always best. I just finished working on the school year book. and there was a lot of click and drag to drop pics. it made life so much easier. I see that the voting is closed but it would have had my "yes"  vote!