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Multiple Due Dates (checkpoints) for Discussions

Multiple Due Dates (checkpoints) for Discussions

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With the way that many schools set up forum discussions and require "check-ins" to the forum throughout the week, it would be great if we could include multiple due dates in the discussion activities. For instance, I have classes that require everyone respond to the prompt by Thursday night and respond to at least 2 peers by the following Sunday. Being able to remind students that they have responses due, especially if we could scatter responses over multiple days, would likely increase participation.

 

<Sorry if this is a repeated idea. I couldn't find it elsewhere and I'm a newbie>

386 Comments
devinr_murphy
Community Member

I believe this is a great and phenomenal idea. You could assign a long assignment over the course of a week and each day have specific problems assigned to be due and graded. Great idea.

joannaburnside
Community Member

This feature would be a great help in my class -- I sure hope it is implemented!

kristil_caldwel
Community Member

I agree that adding the “Check-in “ grading Would aid teachers to work efficiently.  Having this component would increase teacher knowledge of student mastery and what standards need to be reviewed.  

lauraa_hoerning
Community Member

I agree that being able to submit a discussion over multiple days is important because it would increase user participation and most likely broaden and enrich the conversation. We are a Paideia school and therefore value the power of good conversation. I think this Canvas feature would allow students to review multiple students' perspectives before adding to the conversation. We are also trying to teach our students how to respectfully disagree with someone and this forum would provide a safe space. I believe that this extended submission time would increase student critical thinking as well as positive interaction with each other.  

mstimers1
Community Member

Excellent idea! I currently set the "due date" to the midweek checkpoint, which works ok, but people still complain that it's confusing. They also complained when it was set to the end of the week, even though the clearly-posted instructions tell them to post by Wednesday. Awesome idea!!!

lindsapj
Community Member

And four years later it still hasn't been created??

Patrick Lindsay

Farmer School of Business

Department of Marketing Faculty

Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Fraternity, Faculty Advisor

Office: 1038D FSB, Oxford, OH 45056

Ph. 513-505-0828

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it.

The hard is what makes it great." Manager Jimmy Dugan Rockford

Peaches from A League of Their Own.

On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 11:56 AM mstimers@ccsnh.edu <instructure@jiveon.com>

mstimers1
Community Member

Right? I doubt anyone there even listens or pays attention to this stuff, probably just in place to make us feel good, because most of what I see is old posts with lots of comments but no action, and instructure-produced reasons why the feature wasn't implemented. 

lindsapj
Community Member

Very frustrating.

I have students who could write the code and the implementation interface in one day... given access.

Patrick Lindsay

Mobile

mstimers1
Community Member

Very much so!

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @lindsapj  and  @mitchel_stimers  

I can appreciate the frustrations we all face when a feature we would find useful languished in the Canvas Studio for a long time. This one, particularly, is frustrating for me because I first asked for it in the old community around 6 years ago.

Even as frustrated as I am, I would not say

" I doubt anyone there even listens or pays attention to this stuff, probably just in place to make us feel good, because most of what I see is old posts with lots of comments but no action, and instructure-produced reasons why the feature wasn't implemented."

And I would not say that, because I know that Instructure does pay attention to our suggestions, comments and feature ideas. In fact they pay attention to it to the tune of 423 completed feature requests, 14 in Beta, and 19 in development.  That represents a lot of users for whom their pet project reached fruition.

Kelley

lindsapj
Community Member

This “pet project” has received hundreds of user endorsements. Glad you’re happy with the system. A colleague would say that was a conclusion in search of facts to support it.

bdalton_sales
Instructure
Instructure

Patrick in reponse to "I have students who could write the code and the implementation interface in one day... given access."   Canvas is open source and you can submit community written code for review which may be accepted into the core assuming that they are of high enough quality.  If you think that this is a worth project to spend time on for your students then it could be a way to move it forward. Keep in mind that this has implications across a large area of the product including Calendar, Todo lists, student planner, mobile and other areas which would need to be addressed as well.

scram
Community Member

Yes, please! I would use this feature.

jenniferl_weiss
Community Member

This seems like a great idea. This would also allow for students that are sick to have a separate deadline. The multiple due dates is a real thing in education, especially at the middle school level when students complete assignments at different paces.

hensonj
Community Participant

What you describe is already an option. simply click add at the bottom of the assign to section of the settings.

This idea is to have checkpoint due dates for everyone. for example, a lot of our faculty like to have one due date for an initial discussion post, and another for replies.

mstimers1
Community Member

Thanks, hadn't thought of that work around. Here's a few questions.

So I went in and set a Tuesday due date, 1/29/19, and a Saturday due date, 2/2/19. 

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But when I look at the "Show Due Dates" panel at the top, it shows one due date:

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So if everyone is in "GE101-WORLD GEOGRAPHY-AI", and they are also in "Everyone Else", they see the due date as the earliest one; where do students ever see the second due date to help them understand that it's a checkpoint? How is this any different than just setting the "Due" to 1/29/19 and the "Until" to 2/2/19? 

Thanks - interesting idea, I look forward to your feedback, and testing how this works!

hensonj
Community Participant

oh, yeah, I dont think that would work. my reply was in response to the post above mine which stated, "This would also allow for students that are sick to have a separate deadline." which isnt what this idea addresses, so I was simply telling  that poster that the functionality they wanted already existed.

hope that clears things up.

mstimers1
Community Member

Ok, thanks!

boles
Community Participant

thanks for testing that out!  too bad....

lynm_batty
Community Member

Thank you for this feature request. We often use the same discussion question for reflections over longer periods of time, asking students to check back in to the same discussion forum at different points in their reading, so multiple due dates would be beneficial.

Sincerely,

Lyn Batty

English I

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