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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  To further develop this feature, it would be nice if Announcements were unpublished on import, meaning the instructor can see them but the students can't. With a "publish button on every announcement, instructors could release announcements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
brandon-davies
New Member

Having unpublished drafts of announcements goes beyond just importing last years announcements (though that is an important consideration). As is, if I'm writing an announcements and get interrupted (occurs all too often), it would be nice just to save what I have done and not have to worry about it. As is, if I hit "save" it would send a half written announcement to all my students, or I can not do anything and hope that the web page is still up when I get back to it, or I can awkwardly set a time for the announcement to post.

My comments about voting was not to say that every idea should be implemented. Honestly, I am not sure I think this "suggest an idea and hope that enough people who actually like it read your idea and vote for it before time is up" is really a good idea. My frustration is that this idea did get sufficient votes, has a comment from Canvas indicating that it will be implemented, and more than a year later....nothing. No indication if it will ever be implemented, yet anyone posting this idea again simply gets referred back to this thread. It kind of undermines any confidence that posting ideas and voting on them is at all meaningful.

Certainly, the people on this forum are helpful, and I thank them for that.

dhulsey
Community Champion

Yes, I am a bit saddened that we have not seen any movement on the project for announcements that  @peytoncraighill ​ referred to last year. Even a note that this project has been delayed until 2017 to make room for other big projects like the new Quizzing would be nice. As it is, I am sort of feeling like this request has fallen through the cracks and demonstrates the danger of archiving requests with the promise of future development.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
  Idea is currently in Product Radar Learn more about this stage...
bquinlan
New Member

I do what Jeff does. It takes hours because I have over 50 announcements in each of my distance learning courses. But until they fix this issue, it is the only way to avoid students getting the blast of announcements all at once. I can no believe they haven't fixed this yet. 

brandon-davies
New Member

Product Radar seems like a step backwards here. Seems to indicate that this important fix has gone from part of a "larger Announcements enhancements effort" to "we have no plans to implement this idea any time soon but we aren't going to kill it outright so users retain some glimmer of hope" (i.e. product radar). My guess is that the way Announcements are currently coded makes implementing this very simple and sensible idea impossible. Thus implementation requires a complete rewrite of how announcements are handled. If this is the case, I wish someone would just come out and say that. Otherwise there really is no excuse for not implementing this idea.

sbrown2
New Member

I'd love to see this feature. It's a problem when I import a course and all previously saved announcements are automatically published. What I really want, though, is to be able to work on an announcement over more than one work session. Often my announcements involve complex student feedback that is compiled as I grade many announcements. I need to save announcement drafts because otherwise my work is lost if I need to temporarily log off my computer. Keeping them unpublished until complete would do this job just fine. 

sbrown2
New Member

I meant grade many assignments. 🙂 

Jeff_F
Community Champion

I can recall a few times where I had entered a masterpiece of feedback and then accidentally pressed a key which refreshed the page.  Now that I have multiple monitors I am very keen to first write the text in Notepad and then copy into the Canvas Announcement and then apply formatting.   Thinking out loud, an auto save of any draft text would be tres chic.

lgaughan
New Member

Has this issue been resolved? Seems like you've been working on it for over a year now?

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @lgaughan ‌

The bummer of the story is that this project never made it through the prioritization.  In the thread above Peyton said that he hoped it would, along with another communications project, but they didn't.  This idea remains on our radar though - as one that we'd like to prioritize in the future.  Follow this idea to get updates when they're available!

dhulsey
Community Champion

That is disappointing,  @Renee_Carney ‌. I do appreciate that you have provided a status update to this feature request though as I had indeed been wondering why there was not a follow up after Peyton's optimistic post. 

jhart3
New Member

A simple 'end date' window will solve the problem of having future semester announcements being automatically published.  This is a basic feature in all LMS systems I've used.  Canvas provides it in quizzes and discussion board areas, why isn't it included with announcements?  I brought this up well over a year ago, and the suggestion went nowhere.  Like other instructors have mentioned previously, there is a need to recycle announcements each semester, and if they are closed, it's not a problem to create a new open/close date when it's convenient.  This feature needs to be added now.

dhulsey
Community Champion

I much prefer publish and unpublish to dates. Having both is fine because that creates a choice for announcement management, but I hate setting dates on each item. It is tedious.

lgaughan
New Member

Yes dates could work and should be there as well but publishing and unpublishing would be much easier as a simple toggle on n off than adding/updating end dates - especially when they are automatically copied from course to course. But the option to also delete several at a time after they are all copied over would be nice as well. 

aubertj
New Member

I am overjoyed to read this suggestion, and I support it wholeheartedly!!!  When copying a course to a new semester, I do not what to have to go back and reset each individual posting date.  This could be accomplished with a number of approaches - please pick one and go with it!

1) Publish/Unpublish feature with Unpublish as the default when copying

2) Allow and End Date, with the default set to end on the day a course is copied (thus masking it until the instructor chooses)

3) When setting the delay option, allow for "delay indefinitely" and default to "delay indefinitely" when copying.

Again, please pick an option and proceed.  The current setup is cumbersome for folks who want control over announcements...

seon_chun
New Member

I have been thinking about this for over two years - just saw a new look about Announcement - Delayed..., which is an improved feature but I still need to change date every time I teach a course. Anyhow, after seeing the new feature, I was about to make a suggestion on this idea and viola! Great minds think alike! Smiley Wink I think having a publish button will be much less labor intensive. 

jhart3
New Member

I find it very frustrating that this discussion has been ongoing since Dallas Hulsey originated the idea almost three years ago!  For those who don't know, the 'publish/unpublish' and/or 'open/close date'

window features have been available to college administrators for a long time.  Why can't this admin code be implemented into the instructor shells?  Everyone who has contributed their thoughts on this are all valid points.  The solution is to offer both features of 'publish/unpublish' and 'open/close' windows which should satisfy all instructors to utilize either feature of their own preference.

dhulsey
Community Champion

Well stated, John. I keep hoping to see this feature show up in the release notes, but so many feature requests seem to be "on the radar."

judy_harmon
Community Contributor

Please keep this feature in the pipeline to be added with some type of start/end dates.  I like to keep the Announcements as part of the course history/archive and not just delete them, but I would like to have them removed from the Announcement thread.

khirschmann1
New Member

I think it's fair to say that most of us are fans of Canvas, and think that the benefits far outweigh the costs compared to most other products out there.  But I have to admit, there are about 2-3 features that users have been asking for, for years now, that are so basic and fundamental that it almost seems laughable that it hasn't been done yet.  This is one of those (along with the student image uploads in discussions).  This is such a pain point and an annoyance for faculty, semester after semester to have to go through 2-3 courses and either delete or delay potentially dozens of announcements.  That time could be much better spent planning learning activities and assessments.  Come on Instructure, what are you waiting for?