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Message Students Who... for Grade Totals

Message Students Who... for Grade Totals

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I'd like to be able to use the 'message students who' function in the gradebook for more than a single assignment.  It would be useful to be able to go to the column in the gradebook for an assignment group and use the 'message students who'.  Same applies for the total grade column so teachers could after the first two weeks send out a message to all students that are under performing early enough for them to change there behavior.
We have three very similar ideas, all of which are open for voting, associated with the Message Students Who... feature, and we're grouping them here to keep Canvas Studio tidy. These are the other two:
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thebert
Community Contributor

Matt,

Interesting idea . . . do you have an application in mind?

mlewis23
Community Champion

So for example, I could 'message students who' are getting xx% in the assignment group of 'Homework' or 'Participation'.  I could also use it with the total grade for the course reminding all students with xx% they can find help in the tutor lab.

nbrown2
Community Participant

I could think of it being applied to an attendance-based course like fitness where you have to get a certain amount of gym visits in before the end of the quarter. You could do a mid-quarter checkin and "message students who" are below a certain amount of visits and in jeopardy of failing the course.

sellis
Community Member

This would be a great feature!  Simply to get the same function we have with assignments to be able to "message students who" which could/should include by grade option, for example, if using a course grading scheme to be able to message all students who have an "A" or 90% or better to provide encouragement to keep going and vise versa for students with a "D" or "F".

rpetrina
Community Participant

When it comes to retention and student success, it's important to communicate with students who are not meeting course expectations. Students whose current grade total might lead them to fail a course need a notification that they are struggling and should seek additional assistance.

Ex: "You are receiving this message because your current grade in BIO 102 is a C or lower. I want you to succeed in this course, so I am requesting that you come to my office hours next week to talk about ways we can help you master the material. Please go to the Calendar menu in Canvas and click Scheduler to sign up for a time to see me or meet with my TA for additional help."

Or students can be reminded of the upcoming withdrawal date so that they can safely get out of the class instead of getting an "F" on their transcript.

Additionally, some programs have specific grade cutoffs for continuing in the major. Nursing is one that comes to mind. A student may not get an F in a nursing course, but still may not be allowed to continue in the program due to a low grade. Faculty in these programs regularly have to notify students who are below standards or "on the bubble." This functionality would be a major timesaver.

ccalderon
Community Champion

This could work really well if there were an "Advisor" role in a class - where such a person had access to current grades and were able to message the appropriate students. Wouldn't it be great if it could also hook up to Scheduler so they could set up an advising appointment...!?!

mlewis23
Community Champion

By making the 'Message Students Who..." more robust, Canvas would bringing in some basic early alert/retention strategies as well as make some of the third party applications even better.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

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mlewis23
Community Champion

I've resubmitted this for voting. The new Feature Idea page is:

mlewis23
Community Champion

The resubmitted idea for enhancing the 'Message students who..' feature from the grade book is now open for voting. 

If you supported this idea before, now is your chance to continue to support it with another vote.  Lets try to get to the magic number of 100!

cwruck
Community Champion

Hey Folks who have voted on this. We're working on some options for "message students who" on the final grade column. Can you please help me with some ways you would like to use this feature? Here's what we're thinking, so far:

Message student's who:

  • Have missing assignments
  • Have a grade below/above X
  • Haven't logged in the last X days

What else?

randrus
Instructure
Instructure

That covers what my Admins are requesting, Christi.  Thank you for your attention to this matter; I know it is very important to a large amount of our users!

calhoun5
Community Participant

I was about to post a new feature idea, but it seems the thought I had has already been posted (in 2015)- awesome!

Any update on this?  The feature still isn't available, and it'd be an incredibly helpful communication and retention tool.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hey  @calhoun5 ‌,

You will find a description of the Gradebook Enhancements Priority (aka development) here.  I believe the item you are interested in is currently to be found in "Phase II - Future Work."

Thanks

calhoun5
Community Participant

Thanks! The request was 2 years ago... do you know how long it takes to

see the change?

On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 3:07 PM, Scott Dennis <instructure@jiveon.com>

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Christeen,

No, unfortunately I cannot give you timeline information on development of this feature.  We tend to work on a given area in Canvas for a set amount of time before turning to a different area to make updates there.  Because this specific functionality is categorized for Phase II of the Gradebook Enhancements Priority that means that it might be prioritized for development as soon as they are done working on items in the current phase or it might mean that it is postponed in favor of developing other features first.

jillmallek
Community Participant

In my campus, we are a month from the end of the semester. I am trying, in a last ditch effort, to get in touch with those students who are failing. Make it easier for me, Canvas! Let me click on those three little red buttons! You have the technology, let me use it!

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awarmar
Community Participant

Offering another use case:

Just yesterday I had a faculty member who teaches a first year, large (300+ person) course call me asking if there was any way to do this--he was, of course, disappointed when I told him there wasn't. He was trying to contact all his students with Ds or Fs to remind them of the impending drop date for our institution and remind them to play with the "what if" grade feature to see if there was any way they could pass. Having the ability to use Message students who from the grade total really is a needed feature that I hope we get sooner rather than later!  

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi  @awarmar ,

Check out the description on Analytics 2, if you haven't already: Priority: Analytics 2.  I believe it will include the functionality you are looking for.

awarmar
Community Participant

Thanks,  @scottdennis ‌--we will be excited for it once it's in production.