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Publish and Unpublish Announcements

Publish and Unpublish Announcements

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I love that Canvas can bring over announcements when I copy content from another Canvas course. This keeps me from copying and pasting announcements I make every semester.  To further develop this feature, it would be nice if Announcements were unpublished on import, meaning the instructor can see them but the students can't. With a "publish button on every announcement, instructors could release announcements quickly when they are needed without the tedious setting of a date and time on each announcement.

 

This feature would also bring announcements in line with other tools in Canvas that use publish and unpublish functionality and would help instructors who might unintentionally be releasing announcements to students from a past semester.

176 Comments
peytoncraighill
Community Member

I view this as similar in function to Discussions, which is kind of how we're thinking of implementing it. (In other words, publish/unpublish states with available from/until dates, as well.)

dhulsey
Community Member

Yes, that will work quite well for my needs and was my intention in the original request. Thanks, Peyton!

Jeff_F
Community Member

I set up release dates on announcements prior to the course being published.  But I can see where someone might be delayed and need to import after the course is published.  I can only imagine doing so and the system sending students a blast of some 20+ announcements...  ;o)  

marcia_woodard
New Member

I agree with Dallas Hulsey. Every quarter when I set up my classes, I curse when I remember that I have to go into every announcement and change the publish date if I don't want students to see it at the beginning of the quarter. We need a "one-click" method to unpublish announcements.

bsr
Community Member

Case in point: I just learned about this quirk from reading this thread ... after importing a whole course. I came to the boards trying to figure out how to hide or unpublish the announcements, so that I can edit and release them as we go. I'm pretty bummed to think that the announcements from last year have already been sent out. I would never have guessed that would happen!

brendaa
Community Member

We just discovered this (starting our 2nd semester of using Canvas).  Faculty did not realize their copied announcements would automatically go out in the new class.  This really needs to be fixed so that faculty can copy the content but make the announcements unpublished in the new course. I agree that consistent use of Save and Publish would be the way to go for these.  I'll be updating our start of the semester checklist to add a warning to copy only specific content and not Announcements.

anns
New Member

A single page with ALL announcements (e.g. by title) and an edit/delay posting date would be great. Please consider opening this suggestion back up again.

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

anns, it's not necessary to reopen this feature idea for voting. The feature has already received more than enough votes to land on the radar of the product team, and, as  @peytoncraighill 's comment indicates, it is now part of a larger Announcements project. You can follow this idea to monitor its progress.

tsweoalvarado
New Member

I'm sad to see that it's June 2016, and this still isn't an option. I hate combing through all the Announcements to delay their posting until I can figure out if I will use them during the semester, and when. Please make this an option!

smnagel
New Member

Apparently, one year later, these necessary functions are still NOT available. This would be an easy change to make. Can you update us on any progress made?!  Thank you.

dhulsey
Community Member

Hey,  @peytoncraighill ​! We have passed early 2016. Is the larger project for announcement enhancements still on the radar?  Smiley Happy

khirschmann1
New Member

It is now one year after you stated that there would be a revamp of Announcements announced.  Have you announced that?  Any updates in regard to this?

laura_burns
New Member

I'm adding my voice to the requests to fix the Announcements.  The "publish/unpublish" idea seems like the best one.  I'm very disappointed that so many instructors put this as a priority, and still nothing has been done. 

Laura

dillard
New Member

I agree with this suggestion.  Prior LMS system left announcements and assignments unpublished (not released), and clearly distinguished which were available.  Just spend a long session in Chat with Canvas, and all they could say is go to the Student View to see what is visible to students.  This is a real disappointment.

I would also like to see assignments brought over with the suggested date (updated for new semester as Canvas nicely does) but without releasing them automatically.  I typically tweak announcements and assignments each semester, yet appreciate having drafts from prior semester.

chriswhite
New Member

I would like to echo several of the previous posts. I just became aware that announcements were set to automatically go out to students, and I would have loved to give my faculty a heads up about this. At this moment, the only workaround I can think of is to keep a copy of the announcement text in an unpublished page and not import the announcements themselves from semester to semester. It sure would be nice if we could publish/unpublish.

costwink
Community Member

Adding on as a requester for this feature as well.  I would love to have an end date option for each course announcement.  I want to save them all so that I can import them from semester-to-semester but I don't want students to see all of them (the list grows as the term progresses).  Adding an end date like is in place with system announcements would be beneficial.

Jeff_F
Community Member

If an end date were available I probably wouldn't use it for most announcements as I prefer students have access to all my words of wisdom for reference.  

costwink
Community Member

And that's the beauty of having the option.  One leaves the date off/blank and students see them all.  Others place a date in the end date box and they are not visible after the date.  Everyone wins Smiley Happy

brandon-davies
New Member

What is the point of voting for ideas if they never get implemented? It seems like this would be a simple idea to implement, given that you can publish and unpublish just about everything else, but here it is more than a year after this idea was "accepted" and I this incredibly basic functionality is still missing. My institution just moved to canvas this semester and frankly it has been a frustrating disappointment.

Jeff_F
Community Member

Hi  @brandon-davies  !  I used my prior LMS for over a decade so change was initially challenging for me.  Once I began adjusting my process to fit how Canvas functions I found new joy in the simplicity.  As related to announcements, I needed to plan ahead and thus copy in my announcements ahead of term start.

As for your comment about the voting and such let me say I understand your point.  There are many pages of ideas (currently 26) with 20 ideas per page.  And these cycle through and are updated every few months.  While I get the point that gathering the voice of the customer is important, and I appreciate the notion of democratizing the identification via popular vote, I am thinking that keeping track of, developing or setting aside nearly 500 ideas every quarter or thereabouts is a daunting task.  The folks in the community, the staff, volunteers, and our peers certainly do a fine job of sorting the wheat from the chaff and I thank them for their effort.  Perhaps the forum is a victim of its own success in that everyone with an idea can post it.  Even a guy named Jeff.  :smileycool: