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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
vanzandt
Community Champion

I agree! Most modern web applications these days allow Sorting by clicking on column headings in tables.

nmogul
Community Member

I agree, I would love this option.

I frequently need to look up past courses and this would make it so much easier. I would settle for them being listed in chronological order, either by year or by class.

cholling
Community Champion

There have been several suggestions for making course lists more powerful. I realized the morning, that one thing would make my course list more useful for me is when I click Courses, I get a list of the courses that are already on course cards on my dashboard and All Courses. I would find it helpful for the list to be "recently visited" courses.

This would allow my dashboard to contain the courses I'm actively working on. The course list to show courses that I've recently visited and need to easily return to, and keep the complete list available for me to enter "third tier" courses that I need or have been involved in but not actively working on.

As the instructional designer for our school as well as a Canvas admin, I have access in various places to many courses, and this would allow me to keep a somewhat prioritized access readily available.

adrienne_and_sm
Community Member

Cynthia, More Powerful & More EFFICIENT!

Right on.

They are in a feeble numerical order. Why y'all selected that is incomprehensible. 

We should be able to sort them chronologically, at least.

We should be able to sort them in every, pardon me, either category.

Heck, WORD files are more efficient at that... & give far more options.

Even topic, department & theme would help.

I do enjoy going back & even seeing conversations & discussions from earlier classes.

Just wish it wasn't so hard a hunt.

deperkins
Community Member

Just finished a chat with Canvas Help.  Courses are sorted alphabetically by the name created by your institution.  I suspect that most users do not have the freedom to change that name.  At minimum, giving individual users the option to sort by nickname would provide the ability to create a customized sorting solution.

rpeters3
Community Participant

Just sorting by heading would be great. Instructors don't have control over the institution naming convention and we have plenty of instructors who teach 3 or more courses per term. Makes the list unwieldy when a professor is attempting to find a course for letters of rec or grading issues or old content when the list is 50 courses long.

nmogul
Community Member

So glad to see this issue trending. 

natalie_norton1
Community Champion

Yes! This would be particularly useful for the 'past enrolments' section of courses! Each year our courses end but are still accessible in 'past enrolments'. However some staff now have 4/5 years worth and it is getting quite unmanageable.... Would be great if they could filter/sort  by term, alphabetical order etc

dla0009
Community Member

Canvas PLEASE add this feature soon. It is not so bad for teachers with just a few courses a semester, but I have multiple lab sections with up to 12 courses a semester. Problem gets worse every semester. HELP

cdnielsen
Community Participant

I wouldn't mind being able to sort by course code. Sometimes, I may not remember the exact name of a course, but if I know that it's an ENGL in the 2000s, I could easily find it.

reitsmar
Community Member

Can I give this 10 or 20 up votes? Come on people! 'All courses' is just a list; make it sortable by at least columns (e.g., by clicking on the column header (with a little 'up' and 'down' arrow for sort order). Multi-column sorting would be nicer but just single-column sorting would make it so much easier to find old/previous courses.

nmogul
Community Member

I agree. Can I hear 20 more votes? I think we should be reaching out to our colleagues to get some serious traction on this. I promise to recruit 5 more likes by Monday. Others care to beat me? 

jessie_swigart
Community Member

We just adopted Canvas, and this was the FIRST question asked by a faculty member in our training session. Yes, allow for sorting!

jhicks21
Community Member

I understand that many don't teach enough courses to make this a priority; but for teaching faculty, this is vital!  It drives me crazy trying to pull resources from prior courses and having to try and figure out where the courses are in my history, and we've only been on this platform for a short while!

I need to be able to sort by course, not by term.  Please!Screen shot of courses... and WHY I need to be able to sort by course, not by term.

sonya_mcchristi
Community Participant

I suspect this is going to become an issue for us as we enter into our second academic year with Canvas and will have new instances of most of our module and programme spaces with almost identical names and codes, so the ability to sort in various ways would be much appreciated.

jbrady2
Community Champion

This is not a new issue as I submitted this https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/4622 back in 2016. As a teaching instructional designer, who teaches students through Canvas, maintains faculty/staff professional development in Catalog, and is often enrolled as an ID in faculty and colleague courses to provide feedback/assistance, my Course list became overrun with courses in a short amount of time. It makes it more and more difficult to find a course quickly in the Course list if it is not one that I keep on my Dashboard. Hopefully this will gain more traction this time around.

rpeters3
Community Participant

Not surprising that you did, it's a much needed issue. Not everyone will have access to Cold Storage, where your idea has been stashed. Are there any points of discussion or other information from that thread that you think would be useful here?

jbrady2
Community Champion

rpeters3‌ Unfortunately, it only ever gained 9 up-votes, and the only two comments shown are from the Canvas Community moderators, so it was not well supported back when I proposed it. I'm glad to see that it is gaining more support this time around. Hopefully, it will actually get somewhere. I know I still find it an issue any time I need to hunt for a course in my ever-growing course list. At the time I first predicted this could be an issue and proposed this change, I only had ten courses in my Courses page list, today I am up to ninety-two.

nmogul
Community Member

Forward to your colleagues to get more votes on this! 

nmogul
Community Member

EXCELLENT IDEA