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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
jordan
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ryan-carnahan
Community Member

Everybody wants this. We're being trained and seriously, everybody wants it.

rachel-gatewood
Community Member

Can we put stars, two hands up, thumbs up, etc? Just kidding...but this is a great idea! It will make for an easier transition for our faculty who are used to an LMS with that feature. Thank you for adding it!

dbrown3
Surveyor

Thank you, Ryan. My school is transitioning from Moodle to Canvas and I miss this feature. The faculty on my campus will be shown how to vote "up" for this feature during PD in a few weeks. Thank you for helping to get this feature accepted.Smiley Happy Earlier attempts failed due to too few votes:smileyconfused:.  Doris

dbrown3
Surveyor

Thank you Rachel. This feature will save a lot of time. I appreciate any help you can give by encouraging your colleagues to vote "up" for this feature!  glowing_star.pnghands up.png thumb up.png

rachel-gatewood
Community Member

Awesome!

harker
Community Member

I suggested this same idea to @Brian Whitmer in 2010 pre-Canvas. If it can help instructors build faster, it maybe a hit.

petern
Explorer

 @dbrown3 ​ this is a essential feature for ease of use.  Many teachers at my school have been trying to drag and drop unsuccessfully because they expect it (it's in gmail and many other sites).  I initially created this idea a while ago and it failed to get much traction.  Hope it does better here. 

Also plugging a new idea: " modifiedtitle="true" title="Hybrid Submission: both online and on paper

GideonWilliams
Adventurer II

This is a super useful feature. I would also love to see Canvas allow more functionality to edit and save documents online and even display them

wrichards
Community Member

Excellent idea!!

GideonWilliams
Adventurer II

If you like this then please also vote for Peter Nickson's idea -

JACOBSEN_C
Explorer III

Syllabus too - would be great

sevans
Community Member

Go Doris! Yes, we all need this feature. If Moodle can do it, Canvas surely can do it. Why not make it easier for teachers to add content? Thank you for taking the time to submit and campaign, Dr. Brown.

unru8306
Community Member

This is a great idea - it would save a lot of time!

drimmer
Community Member

I'm promoting the use of Canvas at my school and this feature would massively improve uptake.

lawrence_rodis
Community Member

I think you should alo be able to drag files that are in canvas as well as other items like pages, quizzes and assignments.  The ideal way would be to allow multiple windows in canvas however you could still do this if you allowed it between multiple browser instances.

Larry

tsawicki
Community Member

100% agree this is badly needed!

cward
Instructure
Instructure

We're investigating the level of engineering effort required to accomplish this. No promises on timeline or whether we'll be able to do it, but know its on our radar!

sringsmuth
Learner II

I'm investigating the viability of switching our university from Brightspace/D2L to Canvas, and I can't believe there's no drag-and-drop file upload. We've spent the last two years showing our faculty how easy it is for them to upload files to Brightspace just by dragging and dropping, especially if they want to upload multiple files at once, and I'm shuddering at the idea of telling them they need to go back to a dialog box-based workflow for file uploads.

The fact that a user can't even select multiple files at once to upload when putting content into a Module is...well, it's certainly disheartening. It's simple things like this that I thought Canvas would have without question, and it's making me wonder about other aspects of Canvas that might not be up to par either.

RobDitto
Navigator

sringsmuth‌, Canvas does have drag/drop upload in a course's Files functionality (as well as personal and group Files) in most laptop/desktop web browsers:

I believe this idea is about adding drag-and-drop upload to Modules directly, which currently isn't possible. However, today you can drag/drop multiple files into a Files folder, and then add each of them to a Module.