We have been noticing a significant trend: students only using the Canvas calendar or task lists, as a means of engaging in their courses. In other words, students jump right into the assignment visible in the Canvas calendar, and never see a course's modules, links, pages, and so on.
I understand we can add pre-reqs to an assignment.
I understand that ultimately, this is a "people" problem.
But, Instructure has an opportunity to build tools in a way that facilitate the learning experience, enhance it, and improve student behavior and outcome. I would be curious to learn and discuss how the product team thinks about things like the Canvas calendar and task lists.
On the surface, a calendar and task list are nominal productivity and organization tools. But, somehow, when used in the way that we see students using them today, the end user (students) are subverting their own learning.
Perhaps there is a way to re-think these tools such that they coach, redirect, or somehow not subvert the student experience of a course.