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Importing a Canvas Course - Set all to unpublished

Importing a Canvas Course - Set all to unpublished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When I import content from another course, I would like all assignments and other content to be unpublished by default.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

49 Comments
jordan
Community Champion

Hey Adam, thank you for taking the time to submit your feature idea! It will go up for voting in the next voting period, on September 2nd so be sure to return and vote it up!

1086095
Community Participant

This would also be helpful for our instructors, as it would provide greater control over the contents that do not have availability dates, specifically, Announcements. It is a common feature request at our university.

Having the option, during the import process, to set the state of the content would be ideal. For example:

Publish content:

  • Leave as-is
  • Unpublish all
biray
Community Champion

This idea is now open for vote. Smiley Happy

macaulayl
Community Participant

I agree with Paula, I want the OPTION...I don't want everything published or unpublished by default.

dfdimatt
Community Member

Yes, having the option to choose which is excellent idea. I was really aggravated when I had to go through and manually unpublish everything.

STUARTA
Community Member

At first I think I would have disagreed with the need to have everything unpublished by default. I think that it if a course is set up properly with dates and the adjust dates option has been used, leaving things published shouldn't necessarily be a problem. However, I really like the idea of having the option to choose how you want your content to copy. This makes it a more powerful feature because no two instructors want things the same way it seems!

dianelee
Community Participant

The option should definitely be included as you cannot unpublish a quiz/assignment that already contains student submissions in the original course. If your course is published, copying in a published quiz/assignment immediately generates a notification to all students.

crawfom
Community Participant

This would be beneficial to our district as our teachers would like to unpublish everything at the beginning of the semester when importing content from a previous semester.

csalazar
Instructure
Instructure

After a discussion with one of our engineers, this seems like something we might be able to squeeze in over the next six months. To make this available there would be a relatively small code change, but we would need to make that change to all the jobs that import different content types. I've added it to my short list of things to prioritize when we have a little room to work on other projects.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Deactivated user, is there any way to make this an OPTION and not the default? I can definitely see where this could be useful, but there are a number of faculty who don't want everything unpublished when they copy a course into a new course.

csalazar
Instructure
Instructure

Hey Kona, we would definitely implement this feature as an option rather than the default setting.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Awesome! Thanks!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Wow, Cosme is correct, this is an interesting and valuable idea.  Our product manager re-evaluated the scope and allocations for this project and it appears we will not be able to squeeze it in like we thought we could.  We will not be able to fit it in for another 6-18 months at the very least.  I will archive this idea, but please continue to comment and share your use cases for when/if this is picked up again.

lisa_francescon
Community Participant

Our high school teachers import a lot of content in to each course and remove due dates.

Adjust events and due dates never works for us and most do not want to release a whole course day 1 to students.

It is very frustrating for teachers to have to go in to each course and one by one unpublish each assignment, page, etc.

hgage
Community Member

This is a big issue that really needs to be addressed.  It is very tedious to have to unpublish individual assignments. 

SethBattis
Community Contributor

A very similar feature request is currently active: ​, if people want to include their feedback (and votes) there.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
  Idea is currently in Product Radar Learn more about this stage...
cohenf
Community Participant

dianelee​, absolutely. I "machine gunned" my students' email and Canvas app with about 30 notifications.

estradak
Community Participant

As the manager of our Canvas instance, this would be ideal!  This would allow us to do the behind-the-scenes tweaking we need to do between semesters!

jyoshimi
Community Member

Just piling on here.  I just imported about 50 items and then spent 10 minutes unpublishing and deleting things.   Also a machine gun of notifications (as someone else put it) went out.   Import to unpublished seems like the more common use case.  Glad to have the option and i suggest the default be unpublished on import, and that this be flagged to the person doing the importing as one stage of the click-through.