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Institution Specific Course Setup Checklist: Make it Relevant

Institution Specific Course Setup Checklist: Make it Relevant

Hi,

 

This idea was previously suggested here, but let me be more pointed in my feedback.

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1523?et=watches.email.idea_comment#comment-30028

 

Problem

If you can't customize the Course Setup Checklist for an institution, and thus it becomes an irrelevant use of UI real-estate and an option that crushes the dreams of every panda.

 

Kudos and Beefs

  • Import Content: This one is merely OK. The way this is written, this is only relevant to new users of Canvas. Some users will be copying content. As well, not every instructor has content to import. Also, the text says "If you've been using another course management system, you probably have stuff in there that you're going to want moved over to Canvas."... TL:DR. NO! How many instructors have an IMSCC package kicking around?
  • Add Course Assignments. Yes, absolutely. But may be out of sequence. See my next comment.
  • Edit Course Syllabus. This option is ABSENT in the list. Why? Most of our instructors have one at the ready: it's their "contract" with the student as to what to expect in the course, and it doesn't get a mention. SAD PANDAS.
  • Add Students to the Course. What? Don't most Canvas institutions have SIS integration? Faculty or instructors don't add students. Maybe they do at some institutions for internal training, but this option should be removable based on the organization account structure. PANDAS ARE CRYING.
  • Add Files. Mkay. Files are a necessary evil. But Modules and Pages are better: to link directly to relevant files. Pandas nodding in agreement, but there could be some work here to help educate instructors about not relying on Files as the only way to deliver content.
  • Add Navigation Links. Fine, but like, what happened to the course syllabus? Pandas still haven't got over that one.
  • Add Course Home Page. Absolutely! Probably one of the more important options, and often overlooked.
  • Add Course Calendar Events. Sure. Organization is good and important. Pandas eating bamboo now.
  • Add TAs to the course. Sure. But not always specifically TAs alone: maybe observers for users with accessibility needs deserves a mention. And this is not relevant to K-12
  • (MISSING) Interactivity: But wait? What about interactivity like Quizzes and Discussions? What about an "Introduce yourself" discussion?

 

Suggestion

 

The Course Setup Checklist should be customized and controlled on a per organization account: so if you have one part of your organization that follows one set of practices, and then another one that has extra required steps for compliance, you can throw it in there.

 

With your help, we can unsad the pandas today.

 

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Comments from Instructure

April 2017 update

If you're interested in this idea, you may be interested in exploring the New Instructor Tutorials announced in the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2017-04-10). They do not allow for the customizations suggested in the original idea here, however they do address some of the issues presented. 

21 Comments
nlatimer
Adventurer

Love this, great!  I don't seem to be able to vote on it, though.... :smileyconfused:

amcallister
Surveyor II

Sorry Nancy, I spoke too soon: not until Wednesday can you vote on this... Smiley Wink

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

nlatimer​, this feature idea (while awesome!) hasn't worked it's way through the system to be open for vote yet. For more information on how the voting process works see the following guide - How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

biray
Community Member

Thank you for your re-submission,  @amcallister ​. This idea will be open for vote in the next voting cycle (Dec 2). Smiley Happy

biray
Community Member

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. December 2, 2015 - Wed. March 2, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

amcallister
Surveyor II

Open now for voting!

amcallister
Surveyor II

Do so today!

julie_ryan
Surveyor

This will be greatly appreciated as we transition to Quality Matters, which has additional sets of criteria that need to be addressed during the course set up process. If I can't edit the preloaded course setup checklist, at least let me hide it.

harker
Community Member

Thank goodness someone brought up this need again. Bummer it did not pass the last time.

Jeff_F
Adventurer II

As the content contradicts our process and policy, we currently use CSS to hide the setup checklist altogether.  For example, we centralize the course publishing process and use templates so instructors do not select a course home page.  Alternatively, each instructor receives a pre-term notification via email that reaffirms the required set-up steps.

For us, a custom setup checklist would prove helpful only if available at the subaccount level.  This would be a requirement vs. a wish or desire.

ps. love the writing style,  @amcallister ​ . 

amcallister
Surveyor II

THANKS JEFF! Smiley Wink    

ianjohnston
Community Member

Completely agree with this. Right now we created a page for the course start up checklist and just have to pray that the instructors remember their training and go there instead of the built in one (something I am guessing has a 30% chance of happening) because the built in one stand in opposition to our practices (such telling the instructor to enroll students in the course). With the tools already built into the rich content it seems like all that would be needed is the ability to create, edit, and reorder steps. It would also be great for this to be a sub account setting as our global courses and residential courses operate somewhat differently.

asatkins
Community Member

We would love the ability to customize/add steps and just tell Canvas where to link it. For example, we standardize our custom grading scale and our left navigation options. If we could add a button that says "Set left hand navigation" and links to /settings, for example, that would be really helpful.

allison
Instructure
Instructure

Hello all! This is something that we definitely want to do. We want to give admins more flexibility so that they can highlight in the Course Setup Checklist the Canvas features that are most relevant to their users. This is a project that didn't quite make the cut the last time we prioritized and resourced projects. That said, I do plan to bring this back to the table during our next round of prioritization. We will archive for now, but please continue to add ideas here in the meantime.

rake_9
Learner II

We would very much like to customize this checklist.  As others have noted, the steps listed don't exactly comply to our institutional processes and culture.  We also have additional steps we'd like to add related to local resources.  Also, local pictures.

matthewhenry
Community Member

The other piece that is important is for institutions that have automated processes to automatically create and copy courses. For us, the checklist prompt can cause damage to the course. For example, one of the prompts is to add your TAs. For us, if a faculty member does this, the automation will remove the TAs next cycle. We need the ability to disable this feature or allow us to edit where the setup checklist button goes when clicked.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
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Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @amcallister ‌ (and others)

If you're interested in this idea, you may be interested in exploring the New Instructor Tutorials announced in the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2017-04-10).  They do not allow for the customizations suggested in the original idea here, however they do address some of the issues presented.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
cm3644
Community Member

I'm still eager for more customization, regardless of the tool (set up checklist vs. new instructor tutorial) - please feel free to check out my related idea: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/8569-customize-new-instructor-tutorial