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Quick Toggle Student View

Quick Toggle Student View

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Being able to toggle into Student View within my classes in order to double- and triple-check to make sure "everything is as it should seem" is a wonderful feature built into Canvas.

 

FEATURE IDEA: Have a quick toggle button located at the upper-righthand navigation that allowed me to toggle Student View ON/OFF easily, would improve my workflow and efficiency in setting up new assignment / pages / etc.

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through the Canvas Release Notes (2020-12-19) - Canvas Community

76 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

This feature idea is now open for voting.

anthonem
Community Contributor

Yes, please! This would make my life much easier and increase the usage of the very helpful Student View functionality.

hvaughn
Community Contributor

Yes, having a quick on/off toggle for the student view in the always accessible navigation pane would make life easier.  Of course we would miss the Twister game - bottom left to settings, upper right to click the student view button, and bottom right to leave student view - of turning the view on and then off.

s_eberhard
Community Participant

Great idea!

It'd be much easier training people about this as well.. rather than having to get out of where they were, go to Settings... etc, then how to get out of it afterwards!

amy_hasinoff
Community Member

Haha YES!

:smileylaugh:

showland
Community Member

It would also be nice for there to be a difference between a Test Student and a Student View. Student View would allow you to view any page as a student, even if you haven't met the prerequisites to access that module. Test Student would require you to go through all of the prerequisites in the order students will actually experience them.

marthazumack
Community Contributor

It'd also just be helpful to have the current button on the Course Dashboard, instead of having to click through to Settings.

klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

Currently, we use masquerading as a way to get the student view. This would be an amazing update. Teachers would be able to have the student-view without having to act as another user (and contribute to that other user's analytics).

ann_crowe
Community Member

Toggle would be awesome!!  Yes, please and hurry!

kblack
Community Champion

I totally agree with this feature request.  Right now, "Student View" is great...but buried.  It needs to be more up-front and center for faculty to remember it's there.

bogardde
Community Participant

That's a great point, Summer!

jthoms
Community Participant

At a minimum, it would be great to see the button on the course homepage, as well as under Settings.

adachung_ihub
Community Participant

Teachers always complain it is difficult to find the "Student View" button, it would be nice if this frequently used function can be put in a more handy/visible place.

hardendavid
Community Member

Yes, please! When I'm developing my course and I make an edit and then want to see the student view, it typically takes me 6 clicks, a total of 30 seconds (I timed it...it came out to 29.99 seconds).  Sometimes it also takes a few clicks to get out of student view back to where I was editing.  I find myself needing to check the student view quite a lot, so this is adding a significant amount of time to the process...hours, I would guess.

csalazar
Instructure
Instructure

This is a great idea. Is it fair to assume that the "Quick Student View" would be useful as part of the navigation on any regular course page (pages, assignments, discussion, etc.)? We are almost done fixing the user search page which includes a quick link to masquerade as users, but this sounds like a different workflow (see what the page I'm working on looks like to a general student rather than view Canvas from a specific student's perspective).

If my description describes the need well, I can work with our designer to see how we could incorporate that view into many of our pages.

wade1
Community Participant

Love the feature in BB now...and we are switching to Canvas for Spring 2017....making Canvas the perfect place!

Thanks to all!

bogardde
Community Participant

Welcome and congratulations for making the move to Canvas!

alg813
Community Participant

I just now thought of this! So glad someone else agrees!!

jen
Community Contributor

I thought of this last night when talking with  @lindalee ​. Glad to see it's so popular Smiley Happy

mcsmith
Instructure
Instructure

As my colleague mentioned, we have revamped our user search page to include a quick link to "masquerade". The implementation we went with may not be exactly as described in this thread. However, it is a drastic improvement to current workflow. Feel free to check out the new user search page, it is live in beta!