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New UI: Add option to group courses in all course list by term

New UI: Add option to group courses in all course list by term

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Issue: Right now when an instructor views the all courses list there is very few organizational option making it difficult for them to find the course that they need.

 

Current workaround: Brute force searching though a long list of courses

 

Purposed solution: Add a user option to group courses by term. If this option is selected courses will be grouped into terms in a manner similar to the modulus page (example bellow). These groups would also be collapsible like the modules.

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Why: By allowing more sorting options in the all course list, it will be easier for instructors to find the courses they need, this in turn will make the canvas site easier to navigate.

24 Comments
biray
Community Member

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Thank you for your Feature Idea submission,  @ianjohnston . We wanted to call your attention to several archived ideas that were very similar and which were submitted in a different voting period, but archived due to lack of votes or inadequate response. You may want to reference this idea for any insight.

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Because you can re-submit ideas (that have not had a definitive comment from Instructure), your idea will be open for vote in the next voting cycle.

In the meantime, help your idea gain traction by posting a link to this idea in the comments of the other, archived idea (which will notify author and anyone who is following the idea) and share your idea to colleagues and peers who you think would be supporters, as well.

jordan
Community Member

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. November 4, 2015 - Wed. February 3, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

admin_brake
Explorer III

This model for organization would be especially helpful for users who have Numerous courses Every semester,

which is Most All our Teachers!   😉

Yes, do this!

don_quick
Surveyor

This is a very good idea. I would add one thing to it. Either reverse the order so that the latest is first or provide the capability of moving them around.

Don Q.

ianjohnston
Community Member

Agreed, the photo there was just a quick mock up I did so not ideal in the details.

mpromislo
Surveyor

This is a great idea and should absolutely be included in the UI.

pcraig
Community Member

This is a great idea, so happy to see this!  We have a lot of faculty and staff that need to access past term courses and this would offer some great visual clarity to a long list of identically named courses.  Thanks for including a mockup of the UI.

SethBattis
Community Member

What do we need? We need ​.

When do we need it? Now!

jperkins
Instructure
Instructure

There is some custom Javascript that  @kenneth_larsen ​ posted in comments of his InstructureCon presentation The Muse-k Man that talks about how to do this now.

ianjohnston
Community Member

Thank you for pointing me to this I have implemented it in our site.

mcsmith
Instructure
Instructure

Thanks for all your input. To restate the problem, teachers who have a lot of courses in Canvas have a hard time finding the courses that they are looking for? It would be beneficial if there was away to quickly access the courses that are relevant at the time.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Yep, sounds like it sums it up pretty well!

pcraig
Community Member

For our institution, it's important to be able to easily understand how to access past term courses that they may still wish to reference - the mockup in the initial post is barking up the right tree here.  These are still "relevant", just at different times from current term courses.

kschneider25
Adventurer

I would add that the organization shouldn't be admin defined or term defined.  Our CE terms and academic terms are labeled differently although a student might have a CE and academic course at the same time.    I like the Google label ability so that an instructor or student could group their courses by their method of organization.

But term defined would be a great starting place too.

mcsmith
Instructure
Instructure

Unfortunately, this isn't going to be worked on in the next 6 months. We do not wash away these feature request and revisit them regularly. We very much appreciate your participation and dialogue around these requests!

bettie_wright
Community Member

This is a great idea.  Personally, I don't see how we can live without it.  My list of courses is already too long and cumbersome.  I should be able to move them to folders at my will.  After all these are simply links to where the course really resides.  I should be able to move that link to somewhere else; I'm not moving the course.

vventor
Community Member

As an Instructional Designer that is in over 500 courses, this would help me tremendously. It may even help my load times as the All Courses screen takes a while to load.

choppingm
Surveyor II

Pardon my bluntness but a 10 year-old could program an algorithm to sort the global course list (by date, alphanumerically... by any of the column headers). I do not understand why this would not take more than one afternoon to fix (issue originally raised October 2015, users still having to trawl through course lists manually). Please, please implement a fix for this lack of simple functionality. 

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Please take a look at the Course End Date and Past Enrollments section of the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2017-03-20).  Adding an end date to courses that you would like move to 'past enrollments' might help with this idea.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Find more information about the feature mentioned in the 2017-03-20 Beat Notes in the Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-04-01)