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  To further develop this feature, it would be nice if Announcements were unpublished on import, meaning the instructor can see them but the students can't. With a "publish button on every announcement, instructors could release announcements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

164 Comments
jthoms
Community Participant

This is an excellent suggestion! I'd add that the current "Save" button causes confusion. Except when the announcement is delayed, this action is really more of a "Send" in instructor's minds.

ghumisto
Community Member

Control over the Announcements is a MUST!  When a previous course is imported, the Announcements are sent out even if the course is Unpublished.  This is a flaw in the Canvas design.  Again, this is a design flaw which must be corrected, rather than a tweak or preference.  Instructors should have complete control over the Announcement feature.

snugent
Community Champion

I agree with  @dhulsey ​. We have several instructors who are not aware that when they copy a course all the announcements from previous semester are visible to students. It would be nice if they came over unpublished and then the instructor can reuse and publish the announcements as needed.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @dhulsey ​, this would make preparing a course at the beginning of every semester so much easier. My current workaround is to import everything except announcements into my new course shell, then importing the announcements separately into a sandbox, and then copying, pasting, and editing every announcement as necessary in order to re-post it in the new course--and of course, I have to remember to do that on a regular basis. Even typing the workaround takes more time than a simple publish/unpublish feature. Smiley Happy

dhulsey
Community Champion

Yup! I do pretty much the same thing, Stefanie. Juggling announcements is a pain right now for sure, but I have faith that the folks at Instructure and our fellow Canvas users will see the convenience of publishing and unpublishing announcements.

zachw
Community Participant

It would make curating classes easier.

RobDitto
Community Champion

Voted! Regarding  @jthoms s comment:

With Save & Publish​ now in the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2015-05-04) for the current set of Draft State-capable features, which option seems better to everyone if Announcements becomes capable of Draft State?

  1. A Send button automatically Publishes the announcement.
  2. Or, the immediate-send button is labeled Save & Publish​ for consistency with other Canvas features.
dhulsey
Community Champion

I think consistent nomenclature and behavior is the best way to go.

mwinton
Community Member

This would be very helpful and avoid student confusion at the beginning of the semester.

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

I would also like to see statuses or categories on the Announcement Pages. For example:

  • Published / Live /Visible
  • Delayed (for those announcements that have a delayed posting date sent)
  • Unpublished
  • Archived (for announcements copied over that you do not need but do not want to delete)
pmccloskey
Community Member

Absolutely need this functionality in announcements.  And I agree-  I wish that when I look at the list of all my announcements I could easily tell a) if it has been published/sent yet or not b)what date it was sent and c) what date it is scheduled to send. 

I use announcements as an integral part of my teaching and right now using it is tedious when I import, but also daunting to start from scratch each quarter.

kwennstrom
Community Member

Wow, I'd vote for this ten times if I could Smiley Happy. It would be sooo helpful.

dl-smalott
Community Member

I wish that when I look at the list of all my announcements at a glance I could easily tell a) if it has been published/sent yet or not b)what date it was sent and c) what date it is scheduled to send.

dbarr3
Community Participant

I think this is an excellenta suggestion but what might be even easier to do is to just allow the opportunity to have a "turn off" date when you set up a delay posting date. This way when you transfer the course it would already be turned off and faculty can just change the dates when they are ready for it.

dbarr3
Community Participant

All of these ideas would be great, but from a programming perspective I am wondering if adding a "end date" box might be easier. If it has "ended" then maybe it would gray out which would indicate it is no longer visible. Not sure.

dbarr3
Community Participant

I think the easiest way to solve the problem is to add an end date box. If you add that it will end and then not be visible to current students or those that come in the new semester until someone changes the date. Just a suggestion.

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

If have end dates on our Campus-wide announcements, but from the Admin interface it doesn't matter. All the announcements show all the time. There is no collapsing them, no way to mark them as posted or pending release. Right now it is one very long, scrolling page (and that's just after two years).

I'm hoping that if they can cleanup the "course" announcement area that some of those changes will also make it up to "Global Announcement" area.

That said, I would love to see Course Announcements have both start and stop date and time (instead of just the delayed posting date and time).

peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

Thanks for the feedback, everybody!

We'll likely cover this request in workshop next week, and I'll report back afterwards.

charles_woolum
Community Member

My apologies if this has already been asked, but has there been any discussion or thought into adding duration lengths to Announcements? By this I mean, I know we can already delay announcements from being published until a certain date, but it would be beneficial to have an option to set a date for an announcement to un-publish automatically as well. I have found that instructors in some instances don't like the idea of having to go in and manually 'hide' an announcement.

peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

Hope everybody's fall start is going well!

Quick update: This idea has been added to part of a larger Announcements enhancements effort, which is second in communications priority to Conversations (i.e., Inbox) enhancements. We are in the process of capacity planning for 2016, so stay tuned for additional updates.

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