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Link for ALL COURSES on the Dashboard

Link for ALL COURSES on the Dashboard

An ALL COURSES link should be added to the Dashboard.  Either below the course cards, or in the right side navigation. 

Students sometime call during the first days of the semester because they cannot find their current courses.  I believe this happens for students who had Favorited courses to the Dashboard during the first week of their school year, but now those courses are unpublished and the new semester courses need to be Favorited. When they open the Dashboard, there are no Course Cards.   Providing a link on the Dashboard to ALL COURSES makes sense.  From a student point of view, they are seeing the courses they want to see first on the Dashboard with one click access to all their courses. 

27 Comments
James
Community Champion

For a similar request from a former voting period, please see https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/7176 

gnoack
Community Champion

Thanks James, I did look for a similar idea but this did not return in the search results. 

James
Community Champion

That one's closed, but I linked to it so that you could see the discussion and so that page has a related link to this page at the bottom. You might even want to head over there and post a message so it's more overt along the lines of I've reopened this feature request and include a link to this one.

jonesn16
Community Champion

I'm holding off on voting because I don't fully understand the feature. I know that currently there's a Courses link in the global navigation that gives you access to All Courses. How does this feature improve on that? 

gnoack
Community Champion

By putting a link to view all courses on the dashboard, you avoid the step of needing to click on courses, then all courses.  Really, for the courses link in the global navigation to show only Favorited courses is redundant to the dashboard.  Why not show a list of all courses here?  That is what I would expect as a user.  

In my experience, students new to Canvas do not easily stumble upon the "All courses" link in the Courses tab from the Global Navigation. 

sonya_mcchristi
Community Participant

This would be an immense improvement for us as we are constantly getting queries from staff about not having modules available when in fact they are simply enrolled on more than 20 courses and they haven't, or can't customise the Dashboard any further. This is a particularly bad problem for us as we run courses across three campuses and numerous partner institutions, all of which will have their own instances of courses for customisation, therefore lead teachers at Sunderland can very easily be enrolled in more than 20 courses each year. 

scott_miller
Community Participant

The dashboard look would be consistent and usability massively improved, if there was one course card always present on the dashboard, which took people to their 'all courses' list. (courses = modules in UK terminology).

ericwerth
Community Coach
Community Coach

I would like to see this feature added as well.  There are many instances throughout Canvas, and most other programs, where you can accomplish the same task using different steps (how many ways can you create an assignment) and I have always believed from conversations with developers of software that this is to increase the user-friendliness of the product.  This seems like a change that could help reduce student frustration and unnecessary wasted time by instructors/staff, even though there are other ways to access all courses.

gnoack
Community Champion

I think this is a very easy and elegant solution. 

scott_miller
Community Participant

 That is what I would expect as a user.  

Greg has summed up well, our experience of user behaviour. Many people contact us because they have not understood the dashboard only shows some courses.

mark_proctor
Community Member

Sounds like a very useful improvement to me - just seeing some courses is confusing some students.

rkahn
Community Participant

I endorse Greg Noack's point, which is that if you have a separate Courses link, it should show All Courses right away, not just a redundant list of Favorited courses that Dashboard already shows. What's the point and as other noted, users rarely notice the All Courses link.

Can remove it altogether if the first card on the Dashboard was a link to All Courses.

dolce
Community Participant

I'd suggest making it a button/card looking option.

ekc13b
Community Participant

We get tons of calls during the first week of classes concerning hidden courses on the Dashboard. Having the "All Courses" link clearly displayed on the Dashboard will help cut down on the volume of those inquiries.

meichin
Community Participant

First day of classes.

We are getting a lot of calls about course site recently published not showing up on the dashboard.  Yet the Canvas documentation says:

Note: After you have manually favorited at least one course, Canvas automatically favorites any new published course enrollments for you.

So if they favorited a course last week, this shouldn't be happening, right? 

Even if they didn't star anything, this shouldn't be happening. I don't think they have even messed with their dashboards because they don't look for the all courses link on the courses menu item - and it isn't THAT hard to find, especially if you have been there before to star favorites! 

Is there a glitch or a setting issue anyone knows about?  Does it just take a while to show up?

It should be adding recently published courses to their dashboards from what the documentation states.  Do you think we should just tell them to refresh?

a_coombs
Community Participant

I completely agree with the points made here about what users anticipate when they access the Courses icon and the confusion over the Dashboard Card View and favourites/max 20 courses.

In addition, the Canvas Student mobile app Dashboard (card view) has a "View all" link, so there is an inconsistency in the experience between mobile and desktop views, which further adds to the confusion.

a_coombs
Community Participant

For info, one of our team here has put together a Javascript customisation that adds "See all courses" in the header of all three dashboard views on a browser:

$('#DashboardOptionsMenu_Container').prepend('<a href="https://-your_institution-/courses" style="color:#bb2c3f;font-weight:bold; padding-right:2em;">See all courses</a>')

We've only just applied this, so have yet to see whether this diminishes the support calls, etc.

erin_cox
Community Participant

That's amazing! Could you post some screenshots of what that looks like when implemented? 

a_coombs
Community Participant

Sure, no problem (note - in our institution "modules" means the same as "courses" in default Canvas, hence "we've made the link read "see all modules" not "see all courses") :

Card view:
Dashboard Card View with

List view:

Dashboard List View with

Recent activity view is basically the same as Card View, so haven't added it

sonya_mcchristi
Community Participant

Hi Antony, I've experimented with this on our Beta instance and the link always opened in a new tab, no matter what link target I set in the code. How did you get around that? Thank you.