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Option to mute assignments by default

Option to mute assignments by default

  Idea will be open for vote May 5 - August 5 Learn more about voting...

 

Institutions or instructors who wish to always mute an assignment before providing feedback must 1) remember to do so, and 2) perform multiple clicks to mute each assignment.

 

An option to default every newly created assignment to a muted state would make them happy.

 

  Comments from Instructure...

July 22 response from Jason Sparks

 

At previously mentioned, muting of assignments by default is not something we would actively pursue as new functionality; however, we can make the process easier if we added the option as a tic box in the assignment creation process.  Would an enhancement like this be sufficient to meet most of your needs?

 

Response from the Community Team

This idea is not planned and will be archived.  Please do continue the conversation as needed.

Response from the OP

If you voted for this, and are still interested in this functionality PLEASE vote on Mute assignment as a option at assignment creation!

41 Comments
Community Member

I think changing the language associated with muting is important. I suggest: "grade is closed at this time."

Community Member

We would like a "mute all" feature as our institution has a closed gradebook policy. We open all grades at specific times only--though students are given feedback and grades on individual assignments as they are submitted and graded.

Our intent is to control students obsessing over grades, misunderstanding how grades accumulate and impact each other, and giving teachers professional latitude to offer grades that may consider other factors beyond numerical. We also find that giving parents unfettered access to gradebook can invite over-zealous parents to offer lots of unsolicited feedback about a teacher's approach in her teaching.

Instructure
Instructure

Hello Friends,

At previously mentioned, muting of assignments by default is not something we would actively pursue as new functionality; however, we can make the process easier if we added the option as a tic box in the assignment creation process.  Would an enhancement like this be sufficient to meet most of your needs?

Jason

Community Coach
Community Coach

Jason:

I agree wholeheartedly, and would not want assignments muted by default - too many faculty would forget to un-mute, and the availability of instant grade feedback for students is both highly desirable and a best practice. By consciously muting an assignment, there is a better memory prompt that the assignment needs to be un-muted - is un-muted even a word; maybe not but we can sure make it one!

Instructure
Instructure

Kelley,

If Stephen Colbert can give us truthiness, we can create unmute or demute!  You describe my precise reservations in a mute-by-default scenario. I remember when I first started teaching... with so much on my mind, I know I may have made this mistake.  We can definitely accomplish this in a very useful way.

Jason

Community Team
Community Team

un-muteable truth....

Community Team
Community Team
Community Coach
Community Coach

I shall forever remain immutable except through death:) Ok, maybe not. those good folks at Merriam tell me it means unchangeable, and I change my mind more frequently than my socks.

Navigator

While the Business Schools user group was very much in favor of a default, we can all definitely use a checkbox to control muting at creation time of:

  • Assignments
  • Graded discussions
  • Quizzes (sorely needed since it is the only way to control score display)
Navigator

I assume we need everyone from here to go vote on before September.  If that's not the case, please advise.