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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>

370 Comments
jordan
Community Member

Hello  @chriswhite ​ I also did a search and did not see a similar request so your idea will go to vote in the next voting cohort on June 3rd. Thank you for posting this and sharing a practical example to validate your need for this functionality!

G_Petruzella
Learner II

 @chriswhite ​ - YES! Thank you for making this feature request - for "process" items like Discussions, it absolutely makes sense to have multiple checkpoints as part of the structure. Can't wait to upvote this on June 3rd.

SHEBENE
Surveyor II

Commenting so I see it change status so I can upvote it too. This was brought up in the old community but wasn't posted yet here. Good work!

vkl86
Surveyor

Deactivated user​

No, this has been requested for YEARS now.  It is just that when y'all moved to the new "Ask the Community" recently, many of these threads disappeared.  There were several people who asked for multiple due dates for discussions, and more than one thread with dozens of replies and requests. 

I am glad that it is finally going up for a vote, but why has it taken so long?  Looking forward to voting for it.  Canvas can not serve as a true LMS without this functionality.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Thank you for putting this out there Chris!

I had requested this feature ages ago in the old system and it never gained traction.

This is a pedagogical best-practice for discussions, and yet no LMS offers this functionality. This is a real opportunity for Canvas to be a trend-setter yet again, and I personally would greatly appreciate it.

Kelley

SHEBENE
Surveyor II

I believe Deactivated user was expressing that it wasn't currently a feature topic here in the new community.

I am looking forward to this happening, it was on the short list for features when several people met with Canvas to try and decide how they could best spend their development dollars. It was very popular but ultimately a few big items beat it out for first development. I am certain, since Canvas listed it in their top 23 trending feature requests, that this will get made, it's just a matter of when.

jordan
Community Member

As SHEBENE​  mentioned I was responding to the comment from the OP  @chriswhite ​ that I did not see anyone add this feature idea into this new community.

Thank you for chiming in on this thread vkl86 and reiterating how important this is to you and the others who contributed in our old community. You are absolutely correct that there was a lot of great discussion about this feature idea in the old forums. It will likely garner similar attention and popularity in these new forums. Everyone has been encouraged to migrate any/all of their old ideas into the new community and I encourage you, and others to copy/paste any of the great ideas shared in that old thread, into this thread - Multiple Due Dates for Discussion Posts : Help Center

We are confident that we have a much better process to manage the great feature ideas that you and others provide to us, which is one of the reasons we have moved to this new community. Please be sure to come back on June 3rd to vote up this feature request. Thanks for your patience as we've been going through this transition.

KAilsa_Rowan
Community Member

We frequently ask students to post to the same discussion at multiple times during the week, so this would really help, especially if there were a way to auto-grade based on whether a student posted by the first due date/second due date.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Yes, yes, yes!! I've heard from faculty again and again how much they would like this feature and now I'm teaching this semester and would love to have this ability. For right now I'm using a non-graded assignment with a due date as the reminder for students to do their initial discussion post. This was time consuming - to make a reminder assignment for every discussion I have - and makes the Assignment page look cluttered.

cms_hickss
Learner II

And maybe adding new settings (checkboxes) for a Discussion which should include something like

  • Students are required to create a post
    • Post is Graded
    • Due Date
  • Students are required to reply to another student's post
    • Post is Graded
    • Due Date
karodriguez
Community Member

We really need this!  Students would really benefit from seeing on their to-do list that a first post is due in a discussion automatically with us having to continually edit due dates.  Also agree it could just be an option in the settings for a discussion. 

ccalderon
Community Member

Definitely needed, this is a missing piece that causes a lot of confusion and frustration here on our campus. I will be voting this up - so glad to see it is gaining some traction!

lbramson
Community Member

It is silly that this has to be up for voting since thousands of faculty members across the United States have asked for it for years.

ahite
Community Member

I would love this option. I have students complaining about that. I even go in and change the due date after their initial post is due, so the calendar has the new due date for replying to peers, but it shows they completed the assignment, so some still miss it. Thanks, Amy

claude
Community Member

Same situation here: I always have first post by Thursday and responses by Sunday. Though I have a way of handling that myself, I am also faculty Instructor for the whole university and colleagues often ask that question. Many are more distressed than I am by the inability to set two or more due dates, and I have really nothing to say to them...

cbuie
Surveyor

It is also helpful when you have graduates with earlier due dates than the rest of class.

mccurdym
Surveyor

Could a checkbox be added that says...

"After initial due date, only allow reply to postings (or peer postings)"?

The functionality would apply "close for comments" to the main prompt after the due date. And only allow students to reply to each other's posts. The reply entry box under the prompt would no longer be available. But the reply buttons under the posts would be available.

Excelsior!

carrie
Instructure
Instructure

Hi Susan!

Thanks for starting to kick around ideas for formatting the options. This got me thinking about how I might use it when grading.

In many cases students have to "post once and comment twice" so should there be count option? I wonder if this info would be displayed in the Graded Discussion details alongside the due date and Rubric. Ie:

  • Students are required to create [count] new post(s)
  • Students are required to reply to [count] other post(s)

What are your thoughts on grading

- do you envision a separate grade for the replies vs the original post?

- if separate, how might you expect it to be calculated in the Gradebook column?

When I was teaching I created Rubric line items to grade the original work and the replies. Using the Rubric allowed me to specify what was required (post or reply led peers to further discussion) and grade on a criteria scale (met all, met some, met none). I could grade the original post and the replies in SpeedGrader and the grade calc'd into one Gradebook column.

Carrie

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

I think a count option would be ok, but only as an option. For me it seems slightly limiting because students would ONLY reply X number of times. Yet, I can see some faculty liking this ability and it making things more clear to students.

For grading, my preference is to make it one grade in the gradebook. Why? Some Instructors might want to use two due dates, but might not want to grade the initial post separately from the replies or follow-up posts. They might see the two due dates more as an alert thing (in the calendar, on the to-do list, syllabus list, etc) and not as much as a grade thing. Basically I don't want to create a problem when adding a new feature.

For me the rubric is the best way to specify what is required and to grade each of the required parts (ex: initial post, X number of replies to peers, response back to anyone who replied to your initial post, etc). I like this because students can see where their discussion grade is coming from, but it doesn't extend out the gradebook and make it unmanageable. If I had two grades in my gradebook for each discussion it would be even crazier than it is!

sbastian
Community Member

Having a better way to do this with more options would be fantastic!

The work-around I use now is to create the discussion as a graded discussion and require peer reviews. I then check the box to automatically assign peer reviews. BUT! Because no one has posted yet, they don't actually get assigned to review a particular peer - this allows them to reply to postings of their choice once they start posting. Doing this DOES allow me to set a due date for the initial post and a second due date for the replies (peer reviews).