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Printable course roster

Printable course roster

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As an instructor, I want a print button on the People tab that will generate a PDF or other printable document containing student names and photos in grid format. It'd be nice if the list could be sorted by groups, too.

 

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Originally posted by: Steve Hallman
Thank you especially for contributions by: Glen Parker, Miles Mancini, Richard Meyer

52 Comments
tdelillo
Community Member

While we're at it, make sure the Last Activity and Total Activity are part of it. And a PDF is nice, but having a .csv option would be great too, so it's sortable.

sharris
Learner

I see the benefit of having the profile pictures on a print out. However, the export gradebook feature will allow you to export & print out the class roster.

jstepl
Community Member

This is a common request from our faculty.

jason_hill
Learner II

Very common request from our faculty as well.

hunter
Community Member

How do I vote on this request. I would like to throw my weight behind this request.

jazemlya
Surveyor

This was high enough on our priority list that we actually developed a local tool here at Indiana University for exporting rosters in a CSV file as part of our photo roster tool: https://kb.iu.edu/d/bffz

jordan
Community Member

Hey Jennifer, voting is not currently open, but check out the info below and be sure to add your weight when it is open...

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awilliams
Surveyor

Very nice  @jazemlya ​. Any chance this tool could be open-sourced and shared?

tom_gibbons
Adventurer

Just a side note, but you can get a PDF with Chrome and a right-click on the People page. Make sure to check the box to include background graphics and you get the avatar photos as well. Tiny, but present.

brandon_pousley
Community Member

Tiny, but present.

As you mention, the main issue here is that this is not an intended feature (i.e. no easy to find 'Print' button) and the photos are so small it is almost useless. Maybe there could simply be a toggle for instructor view only that enables this larger quick-view. This is a must-have for so many of our faculty.

jordan
Community Member

 @jazemlya ​ did you see this note from awilliams​?

jazemlya
Surveyor

Adam,

Right now this was developed with just IU in mind so it is not setup to be multi-tenant.  However, i know at least one institution has expressed interest in this so it may be possible in the future.  I will let you know if our LMS team ends up going that route as there has been discussion of making some of our tools available to other institutions.

straussi
Adventurer

We would like to see the Last Activity and/or Total Activity .csv also be part of any web services that talk to the Grade Book. This is needed to pass the data to our student information system.

bschneider
Community Member

You'll have my vote next week - this is a request we get at EWU all the time!

John_Lowe
Learner II

We had so many requests like this, that our institution wrote a custom tool to extract images from our online directory system to create PDFs for faculty.

jthoms
Community Member

"Printable" is great, but I'd like to see more layouts: flashcards for learning names, a checklist for marking off attendance...

It should also be filter-able by section.

buellj
Learner II

This is a common request by our faculty. We had professional services create a customized solution for us, but it is very buggy and this should really be something that Canvas supports as a standard feature.

carrie_anderson
Community Member

I though about writing my own tool, as right now I don't have a nice and easy, download and click, way to print out a roster.  I can either download an Excel file from our institution's system, or I can download the gradebook in Canvas.  Both I need to tweak to print.  At our institution, students who withdraw disappear from Canvas, but it seems there is a slight delay before the Canvas roster matches with the  institution's system so there are plusses and minuses to which roster I use.  I would really appreciate a download, even if the roster isn't exactly the latest version, that I didn't have to format each time I want to print, i.e., delete these columns, changes these titles, hmm, maybe I want last names first, etc.

peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

Thanks for the feedback, everybody!

 @sharris ​ mentioned the option of exporting Gradebook to use as a roster. Is this a viable option?

It's worth noting that the Gradebook export does not include student photos, and we may face technical constraints in including photos in formats other than PDF (like CSV).

sharris
Learner

Another thought. You could just use the wonderful Canvas app to access your class roster (w/ profile pictures). No need to print anything (save a tree !) + it's always with you.