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Importing a Canvas Course - Set all to unpublished

Importing a Canvas Course - Set all to unpublished

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Hi,

When I import content from another course, I would like all assignments and other content to be unpublished by default. Currently, when I copy course content, I need to click through all of the content to unpublish them if they were published in the old course.

Thanks,

Adam

50 Comments
thompsli
Community Champion

In many ways the Notifications issue is the most important piece here...students will not keep notifications turned on if they get "bursts" of 50+ irrelevant messages because multiple teachers are importing things near the start of the semester, and then will not get relevant notifications later in the semester about actual course changes because they turned the Irrelevant Noise Machine off back when everyone was importing things.

epatterson2
Community Member

Hi, I know it's been a while since there has been any comment on this idea.  But I would like to press for it to be re-evaluated - Teachers who are inheriting a course taught by a different instructor may not want to have any of their assignments published or notifications pushed out to students (whether or not they have students enrolled seems irrelevant overall - it's about making the instructors work eaiser, rather than going down a list of 174 or 181 days of assignments, events to make them unpublished seems like it should be a feature option when you select to copy a course or copy assignments or a single assignment.

wekelly
Community Member

It is a huge waste of my time to go through unpublish every single item individually.

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.

sringsmuth
Community Participant

It's been three and a half years since this thread opened, and I'm not seeing this option available yet. Is there any chance it will be implemented in the near future?

nlatimer
Community Champion

Please implement this! It would help a lot on year-to-year course copies.

elliott
Community Member

This is vital as more and more students opt in to push notifications for new Assignments.  The instant the content is imported, the notifications go out - and there's no way to prevent it without manually copying the content into new Assignments.

nlatimer
Community Champion

Rob, isn't the course itself unpublished after it's copied? I tell the teachers to clean up things like announcements and events, both of which cannot be unpublished, before they publish the course itself.

epatterson2
Community Member

Nancy, I think that when importing content, sometimes teachers are importing into a new course that already has students enrolled.  If you have the course unpublished yes, they won't get the notifications (maybe), but you still have to go and unpublish every single assignment, announcement, quiz, etc., etc.

nlatimer
Community Champion

Hi Ed,

We also import into new courses that have students already enrolled. But the new course is unpublished and no one gets notifications or sees any content, imported or otherwise, until it's published. In the meantime, you have to do your course cleanup, including, as you say, unpublishing every single item you do not want them to see.

epatterson2
Community Member

Right, but when you roll-over a course the new course shouldn't maintain the publish settings from the previous year/semester because this is a brand new year, right? (and if it' not a new year and you are just copying the course from someone else's course because you like the way theirs is set up,) should it publish everything exactly the same so that all the students receive (sometimes a very large number) notifications?

I think what I am requesting is a checkbox Under Options in the Import Course Content Window - that would just say Unpublish All Items either above or below the Adjust events and due dates.

nlatimer
Community Champion

Right, I agree with that. Because what happens now is you copy a course and it retains all of the published settings from the original course. Anything that was published in that course is now published in the course you copied it into. The course itself, however, is NOT published (at least, not in my case. I am talking about course copies done just prior to the beginning of the school year). So I have teachers go in and manually unpublish everything they do not want their students to see before they publish the course itself. This is what is such a pain. 

I see what you mean if it's content copied, say, after a course is already published. That is REALLY annoying!

jennifer_lawson
Community Member

It would be extremely helpful to have the choice of importing unpublished. Thank you very much!!

halil_yenigun
Community Member

I wonder how this problem has not been solved after so many years. Courses that are not published yet at the beginning of the semester are not a big issue as students won't see them even when they are imported as published.  But when I want to do selective import and if I decide to import one of just a few of my past exams or quizzes in the middle of the semester, it is a disaster if they get published right away. If no option will be given, the default setting of course must be "unpublished." 
While dealing with the same problem and looking for solutions myself, I have found this roundabout way to handle it. At SJSU we have a Practice Course on Canvas. I hope you all also have it. What I did was to import everything to this practice course. Then I played around with the individual items and organization of the class to create a generic blueprint for myself. My priority was my quizzes and exams so I exported them as QTI zip file. Before the export, I made sure I unpublished every single thing. With my new class, I used the import QTI zip file and all of them went right into my Assignments as well as Quizzes tab as unpublished. This also posted them into my Question Banks so I can now easily move questions around between question banks to create new Quizzes. This will also my generic course content for all my future teachings of the same course. 

It took a while to come up with this solution and I hope somebody else finds it useful as well. 

Thank you!

cwright6
Community Member

I've come to realize that I must use Canvas much differently than how Instructure pictures it.  Defaults are often the opposite of what I want, and changes that I see as very important (and seemly not difficult to implement) sit for years and years without being addressed. 

I mean, seriously, they can implement a checkbox under 'Options' on the 'Import Content: Copy a Canvas Course' page to adjust all of the dates, but can't put in an "Unpublish All" checkbox there, too?  

mglennon
Community Member

Yes, please.  This would be a great option when importing courses.

mgebara-lamb
Community Member

Please put in a mute button for the announcements. Teachers have been asking for years. After transferring the course, it is a pain having to go through each announcement, click edit, delay release. We should be able to just deactivate them all, until we are ready. Please consider this soon. Thanks

Brandon_Brown_
Community Member

+2 this request for iLearnNH and the University System of New Hampshire

JurgenMeekel
Community Member

We experienced the following issue with our 1st-time migration from our old LMS SAKAI to the new LMS CANVAS

Before you publish a course check what is available to the students using Student View in the top right of your screen. Once you hit the publish button for the course site, ALL the resources and files that were imported from SAKAI last year are visible to students, including final exam papers (for 1st & 2nd years) as well as any marks that were posted there.

The best way to make the sensitive material from last year invisible to this year’s students enrolled on the course is to view the FILES option. You will see ALL the folders and files for the course there.  It seems you have to manually deselect EACH AND EVERY green tick next to all files you DO NOT WANT to publish along with the site.

I found that all last year’s Announcements and Assignments were also visible when the site was published and had to deselect everything unless I wanted students to see them.

I tried to bulk-unpublish holding Shift but that does not work. Any suggestions to do this more efficiently?

I would say that there should be a check box that allows all files to be unpublished. That should anyway be a default setting.

mnall
Community Member

I am currently helping a colleague by importing my course from last semester into his course for this semester, one module at a time.  I then have to update dates and assignment categories.  I am trying to work ahead and I am not ready for this content to be published, but when the import function is finished, everything is automatically published.  Is there any way to change the setting so that imported content is UNpublished in the new course? That would be more helpful.