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  To further develop this feature, it would be nice if Announcements were unpublished on import, meaning the instructor can see them but the students can't. With a "publish button on every announcement, instructors could release announcements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

182 Comments
jsharp1
New Member

I continue to post to this community discussion in hopes that Canvas will finally respond in some way. It continues to be very frustrating that for whatever reason Canvas chooses to ignore what seems to be a very simple request. Even an explanation of why this functionality is not possible would even be welcome.

pcosta
New Member

AGREED!! I’ve also requested this feature. Thanks for pursuing! 

mgebara-lamb
New Member

Yes CANVAS please unpublish all announcements

elawlor
Community Member

Here it is 2021, and the Unpublish Announcement feature is still not implemented. I understand that the surge of Canvas use during the pandemic would slow down improvements, but @peytoncraighill said it was being seriously considered for development in 2015!

The features I would like, suggested by previous commenters:

  • For announcement management
    • Default unpublish for announcements when importing a class.
    • *Unpublish / publish capability next to announcement title (as for modules).
    • Announcement list sort capability (by date and alphabetical order)
      • For students and instructors
  • For announcement production
    • *Default "save" without publishing.
    • *Separate button for "save and publish" (as for discussions and quizzes).
    • Begin / end availability date settings (as for discussions and quizzes).

Starred items seem like the most urgent and simplest to implement.

JB12345
New Member

This frustrates me every quarter when I have to go back and copy and paste all of the announcements over again. Also, there should be the option to draft announcements in advance and "save" them to send in the future (and ideally it would be great to have the option to set a calendar date and time to "send"), and then a separate option to "send" and publish the announcement. It would also be helpful to be able to share some announcements with all of your Canvas sections that quarter as some are relevant to all courses such as important university announcements, graduation application deadline reminders, etc. Great suggestion-hope Canvas implements this soon!

AmieClawson
New Member

I would love to migrate all announcements that I have created for a past course into a new/updated course but indefinitely delay the announcement. Currently the only option is to put at date that is outside of the open course date. I usually just select the next year for the delayed announcement date.  

rjf227
Community Member

I agree with @RobDitto and think that the ability to publish/unpublish announcements and/or multi-select and delay posting of all to a specific date would be very beneficial.

MIKESMALLEY
New Member

Please allow announcements to be published and unpublished.

mark_kerfoot
Community Member

Another new semester and another half-day spent copying/pasting announcements and setting postponed release dates.

Some suggestions for time-saving improvements:

  • Please associate imported announcements to specific user's Canvas account if they are imported from a course with the same user's account (currently, imported announcements attribute the author to an anonymous "U")
  • Please allow announcements to be published/unpublished!

Thank you for listening!

mgebara-lamb
New Member

I thought for sure this semester CANVAS would have added a publish and unpublish button. It is a must! CANVAS this is costing us too much time. Please, Please, Please allow announcements to be published/unpublished!

Thank you

jmccarth
New Member

I copy my whole course from one semester to the next.  The announcements get copied also. I have announcements that I want to post at various times throughout the semester.  I don't want them to show all at once.  I don't want to go through each one and set a delay posting date.  I want to be able to hide them all at once and then show the ones I want when I want throughout the course.

Please put a show/hide toggle for each announcement.

cwakefield
New Member

yes please.  Make this a thing!

cwakefield
New Member

Please create the option to publish/unpublish announcements. Or, something similar so that announcements can be hidden, but not deleted, and then updated and posted later

Thank you!

twassmer
Community Member

Where can I vote for this feature. Is that option also gone?

akhuebel
Community Member

I really dislike the announcement feature that posts the announcements when you hit save.  I wish Announcements were like all the other Canvas features and could be saved but unpublished without using the delay date feature.  I get caught by this every 6 months or so, including today and now I'm wasting time saying "don't worry about that announcement; I inadvertently posted it by saving."

I also agree that control over announcements when copying/importing is very important.

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

@akhuebel  What you've described has been requested at  Add Save & Publish button to Annoucements if you'd like to add comments and a rating to that conversation.

mark_kerfoot
Community Member

Can Canvas please merge this "open for conversation" with

Add Save & Publish button to Annoucements

they are the same ask.

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

@mark_kerfoot  Thanks for mentioning this. We're tracking these ideas separately, as we see them as distinct from one another. The one to which you've linked in effect is requesting the ability to save an announcement draft; this one requests the ability to unpublish after an announcement has been published. 

They'll still be evaluated together as we work on the Discussions and Announcements Enhancements project.

mark_kerfoot
Community Member

Okay, thanks for letting me know.

Another feature I'd find useful if publish/unpublish becomes available is the ability to update the author and "creation" date on announcements. Currently, when import I announcements from a previous semester, it indicates an unknown author "U" and retains the original publisher date. If I release the announcement like this, it doesn't reflect that I am the author and it gets buried deep in the announcements because of the old creation date. The only option currently is to delay the release of all announcements (to a date beyond the current semester), then copy and paste the announcement into a "new announcement" when I am ready to use it during the current semester. It takes a long time to do this at the beginning of each semester for all of my announcements. Thanks for looking into this!

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

Although not exactly identical to what you've just described, @mark_kerfoot , an active conversation associated with that request is   Allow discussion owner to be changed, (discussions and announcements share the same design platform).