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Post announcements in multiple courses at once

Post announcements in multiple courses at once

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I would like to see a feature in Canvas that allows you to create an announcement then choose multiple courses  in which you would like to see the announcement posted.  The current process is time consuming and tedious; you create the announcement then open each course and copy and paste it into each separately.
Note from the Community Team: We are aligning this with a very similar idea, https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/2703-common-announcement-to-all-my-classes
47 Comments
biray
Community Member

Thank you for your idea submission,  @bonnie_le ​.

First question that comes to mind: are your 'sections' created as separate courses (aka housed in separate course shells) in Canvas? If so, you may want to look into cross-listing your courses so all of your sections are in one course. That way, when you send one annoucement, everyone in all sections will get it. See How do I cross-list a section in a course?

Second thought: Have you seen this idea " modifiedtitle="true" title="Tailor Announcements to specific sections or groups? This assumes that all sections have been cross-listed into a course and the annoucements are being tailored within a course to different sections.

Looking forward to your feedback. Smiley Happy

bonnie_le
Community Member

The courses are all listed in the same Canvas system but each time section of each course is listed as a separate course. I do not think we are allowed to cross-list our courses as the students are automatically populated into the course by our registration system, LOLA Banner. With 7 and 8 classes, posting a general announcement to each course is tedious.

Bonnie Le, M.M.

Assistant Professor of Music

Fletcher Technical Community College

1407 Hwy. 311

Schriever, LA 70395

(985) 448-7971 (Schriever Campus)

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kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Bonnie:

Our courses are also automatically populated using an integration between our SIS and Canvas (not Banner), and we can cross-list. May want to talk to Banner about this. You have two choices when cross-listing:

  1. Copy - this copies the enrollments from one or more courses into one course, and leaves the original section shells in place.
  2. Cross-listing - moves all the enrollments and deletes the empty shells. the empty shells and their enrollments can be restored by simply undoing the cross-listing.

There may be FERPA issues associated with cross-listing, and you can learn more at New FERPA requirements for cross-listed courses!

I hope this helps.

KLM

bonnie_le
Community Member

Thanks! I will forward this to our Canvas administrator to see if it can be done.

Bonnie Le, M.M.

Assistant Professor of Music

Fletcher Technical Community College

1407 Hwy. 311

Schriever, LA 70395

(985) 448-7971 (Schriever Campus)

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scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hey Bonnie,

Just checking back to see if you discovered more after talking with your institution's Canvas admin?

Thanks

bonnie_le
Community Member

Yes. Cross listing would not be a viable option. I would simply like to be able to post the same announcement in multiple sections at same time. Cross listing would put all the students into one course with one gradebook.

Bonnie Le, M.M.

Assistant Professor of Music

Fletcher Technical Community College

1407 Hwy. 311

Schriever, LA 70395

(985) 448-7971 (Schriever Campus)

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scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Bonnie

I went ahead and edited the text of your submission slightly to match it up with the terminology of Canvas (course vs section) and opened it for vote.  Thank you for participating in the community!

bonnie_le
Community Member

Thanks!

Bonnie Le, M.M.

Assistant Professor of Music

Fletcher Technical Community College

1407 Hwy. 311

Schriever, LA 70395

(985) 448-7971 (Schriever Campus)

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RobDitto
Navigator

Voted! Our faculty have repeatedly asked for this capability. I believe the original idea has also been discussed in , which received over 100 votes and Product Team commentary before being archived.

hhendren
Community Member

It would be very helpful to be able to send a message to multiple classes at one time. I announce upcoming events or extra credit opportunities that I offer to all my classes. It would help to be able to send one message and capture all my students at one time instead of having to copy and paste into several separate classes.

cchambers
Community Member

This would definitely be helpful for what I do. Great idea.

pdalsky
Surveyor

This would be helpful! For example, I teach two sections of English 4 and three sections of English 3, but they all have the same vocabulary assignments/test. It would save time if I could send an announcement about vocabulary to both English 4 and English 3 instead of duplicating the process for each course.

-Paul

rake_9
Learner II

An interesting / useful nuance would be having this available for both instructors (based on the courses in which they are instructors) and sub-account admins, based on courses to which they have access that way.  It would be really painful if one audience could do this but not the other.

twil3
Community Member

Anything that can reduce rework is a plus in my book.  That is true for the instructor as well as the student.

10012475
Surveyor

This idea has been submitted over and over and it is voted for by many faculty and nothing gets changed. Last time it had many votes but they just delete the thread and then people have to request the same thing again.
I don't want to put the courses together, I want to be able to email several courses at a time without cross-listing them.

Has anybody noticed that for voting, if we don't click twice, the vote doesn't get through?

I think the voting of features is really not accomplishing much.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @10012475 ​, although this particular feature idea is specific to announcements, since you mention "email," you might be interested in this popular feature idea that is currently in Product Radar status:

Also, if you're seeing that your vote does not immediately register when you click on the Vote Up button, you're doing the right thing by double-checking that it registers and records your upvote. This is a known bug with the Jive platform that supports the Canvas Community, and Canvas has a ticket open with Jive about this.

gregory_slayton
Community Member

This topic is close to my requested functionality, in that, I would appreciate the ability to send an email to multiple sections from Inbox.

twil3
Community Member

My comment was to be able to make multiple announcements in different cources

gouldt
Adventurer

I think adding this feature would be much appreciated by the instructors at our college. We only use cross listing when the course is at the same time by the same instructor such as ITV or courses with the same content but different course ID. Our courses begin at different times throughout the semester, so it wouldn't be feasible to use it more. Currently, the instructors must copy and paste the announcements. I know of many instructors who would love it!

jbrady2
Community Member

This is a feature that many of our faculty have also asked about. Two use cases I can think of right of the top of my head would include needing to send an announcement to multiple sections of the same course concerning a course change or letting every class know that classes have been cancelled for the day for a reason that may not affect the entire school or campus and would not be sent out by the Canvas Admin.