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Hide locked Module title/contents from students before release date

Hide locked Module title/contents from students before release date

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Currently in Canvas, when a module is locked until a specific date/time, students can see the module title and contents (although they cannot access them). Some faculty would like the option to hide the title of unreleased modules and materials altogether. This could be accomplished either by not displaying upcoming modules at all, or substituting names such as "Locked Module" for the titles of upcoming material. Although this can currently be accomplished by manually publishing modules on a designated date, the preferred approach would be to allow titles to be obscured as an option for locked material.

 

This will support faculty who want to stage their entire course at the beginning of the term, and have students move through content that builds on previous weeks, with key concepts being highlighted in later weeks that would provide hints for students completing activities in earlier weeks.

18 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Just a reminder that this feature will open for voting one week from now on August 5th.

carol_luong
Community Member

The Announcements section already has the "delay posting" function. Can the same function be replicated in the Modules section as well?

bryanl
Community Member

Providing the ability to obscure modules for future publication (i.e. set for a specific future date & time) will allow instructors to proactively build out their courses in a more complete and thorough manner. 

In essence, it'd provide instructors (and graduate student instructors, TAs) an easy way to automatically release or "publish" their content to their students based on a timer function (i.e. set date/time).  Currently, the only way an instructor can get this functionality is to manually hide/unhide modules.  This is overhead that highly interactive courses would not need to account for if a timer mechanism for modules were present within Canvas.

aosborn
Community Participant

I would like to be able to create a module with daily homework assignments prior to the beginning of the week. I want the

assignments to only unlock on the morning of the day that we will be completing it. I think making it an option to lock the dates of the assignments within the module would be very helpful.

kroeninm
Community Champion

I was a bit surprised when the Publish/Unpublish option was released a while back so that instructors could "hide" content and assignments from students during development.  I really liked the transparency of Canvas initially that allowed students to see everything - even when under development...but that's a somewhat extreme opinion I know Smiley Happy

For this feature request I'm voting it down as it is too close to duplicating the functionality of Publish/Unpublish and Lock Modules by date.  I actually would prefer less options for hiding content as it's starting to get confusing with the options that are there.  You can Lock/Unlock a module by date, can Unpublish/Publish modules and can also lock/unlock each type of activity or publish/unpublish it and now can individually release activities on a per-student basis. 

So in this case, the added complexity outweighs the benefit for me for those few instructors that develop in a way that requires they can't use the Lock and Unpublish options as is to meet their needs.  But just my opinion so I'll be fine if more than 100 like it.

- Melanie

DaleDrees
Community Champion

Great reasoning Deactivated user​! Thanks

asatkins
Community Participant

This seems like a great solution. We do lock modules but we would like them to see ahead, so it would be great if this feature doesn't replace having them visible.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Yep, I voted this on down for the same reasons as Melanie stated. Canvas is not intended to provide options for every faculty's workflow. When we chose Canvas three years ago, we chose it for its clean and simple UI. Then we taught our faculty to adjust their workflow to suit the LMS. There are valid reasons for this - less bells and whistles mean less chance of cracked bells, and clogged whistles.

sbenjamin1
Community Participant

It would be helpful to be able to set a release date of some type.  I build the entire course before classes start, and leave some of the content Unpublished if we don't want it visible right away.  But then I have to remember to go Publish it at the right time.  I would prefer to set a date and time when it would become visible and available to the students so I can set it and not worry about it.

hvaughn
Community Contributor

As  @kmeeusen  and  @kroeninm  stated, I think there are enough options to hide Module content from students. Leaving a module unpublished hides both the module title and the contents within. I voted down as well.

Now, if we could get color as an option to the module title text...that would be awesome!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

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Renee_Carney
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rschuetzler
Community Participant

I would love to have locked modules be a little more locked. Currently, students can see the titles of all content and even view links if they are external URLs. By right-clicking a link and selecting "Copy Link," they can visit external sites I have locked before they open. I do wish there was a little bit more substance to locking modules, and that it was a little more obvious to students when a module is locked.   

rschuetzler
Community Participant

The problem is that I can't schedule the module to be published at a later date. That means that if I want to hide things from my students until a certain date, I have to remember to open Canvas and publish the content on the desired date.

JACOBSEN_C
Community Contributor

The ability to 'close' module access on a specific date & time would be nice too.

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sarah-canatsey
Community Participant

I agree. It's confusing to students and frustrating if they can see upcoming Modules but don't have access. This also causes issues with students emailing faculty because they want to jump ahead even though the faculty has a pace they want to keep. 

What's the pedagogical benefit of showing the module, but having it locked? They have a syllabus. Let them use that to know what's coming up in future weeks. 

It makes more sense to have a "Publish on this date _____" option so faculty don't forget to publish a module and its contents. 

aduque
Community Member

I think this would be useful in this case:

Say i have 2 groups of students (Group A focused on Project A (lets call it Creating Dogs) and Group B focused on Project B ( lets call it creating Cats)). I would like the students who choose to focus on creating Dogs to only see the modules and assignments pertaining to dogs and not cats and vice versa. This way they wont see the clutter of all the modules that are  not related what they chose to focus on creating.

rfeilden1
Community Member

While I see your point, I'm not sure that a simple "Hide content from students until unlocked" flag added to the lock until date options would add a lot of complexity, especially if it defaulted to 'no', which is the current situation.

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