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Make the course list sortable

Make the course list sortable

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When you click on Courses and then All Course, Canvas lists them in some random order. As my number of courses builds up over the semesters, with many courses of the same name, I would like to be able to SORT my list of courses by Name, Semester, Recently used, etc.

So... please let us sort these courses so that we can easily find what we are looking for!

96 Comments
resop
Community Member

Not just sortable but the course list should be filterable by course name and term as well. This needs to be done ASAP.

jmc6
Community Member

Good luck. I requested this several years ago and Canvas has totally ignored me.

resop
Community Member

What a shame, I should have checked out the original timestamp.

That's just pathetic. Canvas is getting millions from all of these universities and it can't bother with implementing a simple feature that most modern websites have had for years.

jenrwheeler
Community Member

Yes, please!!! Also it would be great if we could not sort into a list but also sort into folder or file cabinets.

resop
Community Member

Come on, Canvas! Listen to our demands and do what is right! Add a sort/search/filter option to the course listing! Enter the 21st century of web design!

James
Community Champion

Your posts remind me of how much I take for granted. I had forgotten how plain the Canvas list was because mine looks like this since July 2019.

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I can click on the column heading to sort by that column or type in anything in the boxes and it will filter by that. The problem is that it probably isn't up to accessibility standards and if I was using a keyboard, I wouldn't want to tab through each of those fields to get to the course, but since it's a userscript that adds that functionality, I get to choose to run it for myself rather than forcing it on the entire institution.

resop
Community Member

Thank you! Good enough for me!

kholt12
Community Member

Absolutely necessary! I tried renaming my Sandboxes so they'd always appear at the top, but it appears the list isn't even organized alphabetically. I would love a sortable list. 

stevensons
Community Contributor

Yes, I really need this--the longer I am an online instructor, the more courses appear and the more difficult it is to find anything. I would also like to be able to favorite Past courses, which seems not to be possible.

Another useful feature would be to differentiate between courses in which I am the instructor and courses where I am enrolled (e.g. professional development, shared shells with other instructors, etc.)

jdaggs
Community Member

We need to be able to archive sandbox courses and utilize folders for courses.  The list gets SO long and if you have ever had to create sandboxes for others, those are in your list too.  I want to be able to have archives and folders. 

cdraney
Community Member

It is often frustrating to find a particular past course in the "all courses" page. I'm glad that the courses are at least organized by current, past, and future enrollments. Could that page be made easier to use by formatting it similarly to the list in the course import drop-down box?

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It seems to me that it might also be helpful to allow users to sort the table of past, future, and current courses by the data in the columns (of the current layout). 

cdraney
Community Member

Has anyone from Canvas weighed in on this request from nearly THREE years ago? I couldn't see any.

I agree that Canvas is by far the most intuitive LMS out there, but the larger they get, the less responsive they seem to be.

connorlacey
Community Member

My nuiversity names classes very similarly, so I wish I could have some customization ability to the order of how the classes show up on the tab. This would allow me to order the classes in a way that makes sense for me (order of occurrence, class type, class location, etc.)

jeffaharris
Community Member

It would be great to be able to sort all of my courses into folders.  Right now, all of the completed courses come up in a long list and it is difficult to sort through and there is limited organizational ability

pazehoski
Community Member

As the LMS Admin for our university, I've received several requests for this feature. We would also like to see this idea developed. @cdraney  your screenshot is a perfect example of how they SHOULD be listed. Thank you for providing that screenshot. 

So, how can we get this moved up the line for development? 

mdgeorge2
Community Member

With very many past Canvas courses in archive it is difficult to find a past course in the current format. Please arrange for them to be sortable 

jfisler
Community Member

I agree.

jhicks21
Community Member

HOW IN THE BLANKETY BLANK BLANK HAS THIS NOT BEEN FIXED YET!??????????????

It's seriously driving me insane.  I should be able to sort either chronologically, by course, or BOTH.  This simply cannot be that hard, but the failure to implement is costing us huge amounts of time out here as users.  My LMS and IT people have also contacted you MANY MANY times, and are even in this thread.  It's only been 2.5 years since I last posted.  I can't even zoom out on my browser to half the size it would need to be to see all the courses stacked in my prior courses list.  When I want to grab a particular piece of material, or export a former quiz to a current course; it's insanity that I have to wander up and down the list, hoping I can find the correct one.

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bowmanr
Community Champion

@jfisler @jhicks21 @mdgeorge2 @pazehoski @cdraney @connorlacey @jeffaharris @jdaggs 

The following may not be the panacea you are hoping for, but it helps until Canvas provides something.

There are several java scripts that users can add to chrome to perform various tasks.

These scripts are Canvancements - found here: 
https://github.com/jamesjonesmath/canvancement
Read the information below the list of scripts for the explanation by James.

The one script you may find useful is the one titled courses -> all courses.  Here is the link:
https://github.com/jamesjonesmath/canvancement/tree/master/courses/all-courses
This script provides a search box at the top of each column in the all courses view.  You can then type in whatever criteria you want to search on - any substring will be found (i.e for the course name column just type in your course number and you will see all courses with that number in them)  For term type in the year and just see those courses.  Here is a screen shot of my all courses page with the script running - there are other classes, I just showed the first 3

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Have fun playing with the other scripts in Canvancements (I recommend rubric sorter if you use rubrics, QuizWiz is a must).  As far as I can tell there are no ill effects from using these.  There are no guarantees provided by James; however he has been here for a long time and provides a lot of useful analysis and responses to questions.  In my opinion there is nothing to worry about using these scripts.

Ron

 

jhicks21
Community Member

@bowmanr 

Thanks for this.  This is awesome.  

Note: at first use... it's not obvious that you can actually click on the headers to sort.  Which means you CAN do searches with chronological sorting within the search.  That's brilliant!

I still thinks it is completely absurd that we have to use third party scripts through a third part browser plugin.

JH