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I wish we could also do this for Assignments. Have a Start and end date or due date so it will automatically populate the calendar and show a span of one assignment.
Mike, thanks for posting as a feature request. I was just working with a teacher the other day and were wanting this exact feature. Our high school has just adopted Canvas, and as our administrator and tech integration specialist, I've been really pushing staff members to check the Share Ideas board. Also, I share out relevant feature requests to everyone via email. I'll be sure to do the same for this request and hopefully you'll see some more votes as a result.
Events can be extended over multiple dates. Create the event first. Once on the calendar, hover over one end or the other of the event box. It will show a double-ended arrow that you can click and drag to extend the event over multiple days. (Although I agree the Create Event box should just allow the date range to be input. It's more intuitive.)
Thanks for your input! We try to out due dates on our assignments so it automatically populated our calendar so having that option in assignments would be ideal!
However, when the event is edited, the box reverts. So, if you discover a typo in your event and fix it, you have to remember to drag the box again. It's a pain. Furthermore, why cannot assignments span multiple days? I see this requested everywhere. Long term assignments like "work on your paper" or "independent reading project" or "fractile project" are quite common. A long term bar for assignments would encourage students to work ahead, not do all their homework at the last minute on a day to day pattern.
I think that's an excellent point. Most assignments do not only last one day. Most assignments span more than one day so if it showed that on the calendar like in a google or outlook calendar, students would be less likely to procrastinate.
This is a great idea, but I also think it should be able to accommodate recurring events that extend over a period of weeks for repeating events.
This should be available for assignments too! Many assignments occur over a period of days and a long bar showing that period of days would help the kids not procrastinate. Most calendars have this option.
I'm hearing a few requests here:
1) Make it more obvious to users that they can extend events across multiple days
2) Include start and end dates in the event creation pop-up
3) If an event has been extended using the UI, make sure that when you edit the event it doesn't revert back
4) Make it possible to display assignments across multiple days on the calendar
We may want to break #4 out into a separate request. I'll ask the Community Team what they think about that.
In the mean time, can you share with me the problems you're seeing students have with the way the calendar currently displays events and assignments?
- Are students forgetting to work on things little by little each day?
- Are you seeing confusion about when things are due?
- What kinds of things are students relying on the calendar for?
Thanks for your continued input!
#4 would be the most incredible improvement. Our old LMS could create assignments that extended across multiple days like “Work on Research Papers Due On Friday”. It created a long bar, and the final day was the due date that correlated with our gradebooks. It meant that we only had to enter the assignment in once. Now, with Canvas, we have to create the assignment for a single due date correlated with our gradebooks. Then, we go back and do the cumbersome task of creating an event, linking all the rubrics and instructions with the event, and then dragging the little event bar because events don’t have an end date in the creation pop-up.
I imagine lots of teachers in K-12 but also in Higher Ed have problems with students not looking ahead on calendars and planning for long term assignments. Creating a long-term assignment bar, as #4 suggests, would help the teachers communicate and the students plan their time better.
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Thanks, everyone for your input on this thread. We're starting a technical assessment of the Calendar soon and I know our engineers will be interested in seeing your calendar-related requests. Your ideas and use cases will definitely help us to implement more scalable, flexible, and durable solutions. Currently, it looks like the solution we use today doesn't fully support multi-day events so I will archive this request for the time being. That being said, we're going to keep this use case in mind as we dig deeper into this area of Canvas.
This is a critical issue at our middle school! Many teachers use the multi day feature...it helps with visual planning for our middle schoolers...a start and end date is NOT sufficient. If it's not on "today" they don't think it is homework. Worse, we just got all our kids and parents transitioned to the Canvas app which doesn't support this feature. In fact it DOES NOT SHOW any multi day post...it simply DISAPPEARS off the calendar. This is horrible! Students check their phone, it doesn't show any assignment (because if it is multi day, it doesn't show AT ALL), they don't do it. Parents check the app..sure enough the kid doesn't have homework (except they do, it just isn't showing on the calendar). What is the point of an app calendar that doesn't show multi day events?
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yes students are not working on assignments over time instead looking at the calendar and saying, I don't have any assignments today, it's not due until three days from now! It also helps with parents as they also view the calendar and are not in class. Therefore, they may see a week with nothing on the calendar and wonder what is going on in class.
Ideally, we would be able to set individual start and end times for multi-day events as well. We use Canvas as a supporting tool for our online school, which has multiple onsites throughout the course. I would like to be able to denote the start and end time of our multi-day onsites, so they are reflected in the syllabus (as one single event, spanning multiple days, with different beginning and end times).
I realize this is about events, but this would be helpful for assignments as well. When I start a project I would like for that to appear over multiple days and not just on one day when it is due or when we start it. Currently use multi day events to force the assignment to appear over the course of a week or so.
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