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Set Assignment Default Due Time

Set Assignment Default Due Time

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We are a K-12 school. One of the biggest negative feedback items we receive on Canvas has to do with assignments being due at midnight (11:59). Parents are concerned that we effectively asking them to stay up until midnight to turn in their homework. This is especially important for our middle school and junior high students.

 

We would like to be able to set assignment due time to default to a time that can be set in our school's account settings.

 

Yes, it is true that teachers can change the time, but we are relying on them doing the extra steps all the time to match our school's assignment policy - and it requires a lot of clicks to make this simple change.

111 Comments
wgargaro
Community Participant

I agree and fully support this.  Several teachers in our building would love the ability to set a default time by course, but even by school would be better. 

mwade
Community Participant

Thanks Billy! Please vote for this and help us recruit votes.

wgargaro
Community Participant

I was trying to vote and did not see the option. 

mjanke
Community Member

It doesn't appear that this is up for vote yet but when it is...  You've got my vote.  This would smooth a number of things out at our school.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
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ccollie
Community Member

You have my vote.  As the instructor it would be nice to be able to set a default due time in each individual course settings.  As a high school teacher I teach 5 classes and I would like each classes assignments to default to be due at the beginning of each class, rather than midnight.  Seems like this would be a very easy feature to implement, and was shocked it was not already built in.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
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This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. September 7, 2016 - Wed. December 7, 2016.

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tbunag
Community Champion

This would be really helpful for higher ed, too. In one of the previous mentions of this idea, they discussed exactly how it might work at the account, sub account, course, and section level. This option would save hours for the faculty who teach a section at a particular time, and want homework or other assignments due just before class - a very common need.

It would be even better if this were implemented and reflected in the course import and copy.

ngee
Community Participant

This is so logical!!! In a k-12 setting, the default should be 8am, meaning students should have their homework done before arriving at school.  With the current system, it's too laborious to enter in a specific time of the class meeting, especially because we have a rotating schedule.  As a result, we just tell the kids to ignore the time and have all assignments finished when they arrive at school.  However, the 11:59 Default throws off their ability to use the agenda and other organizational tools on Canvas.  Instructors should be able to control the default, or it should at least be able to be set at the school level!

mwade
Community Participant

If you have other admins in your school, district, or affiliated schools, please have them vote this up as well.

msanders
Community Contributor

We desperately need a solution like this!  Our students really start using Canvas in the 4th grade.  It is so confusing to them to have assignments due at midnight. It also makes assignments difficult for parents to track when they are looking at a calendar based on time (like a standard Outlook view).  And it is frustrating to all users who stream the Calendar Feed to their phones to have reminders going off in the middle of the night. 

I would like to see this feature implemented in a hierarchy similar to the terms and start/end dates.  Basically a default time could be set at the root account.  If a time is also set at the subaccount level, then it overrides the root account setting.  If an instructor sets a time at the course level, then it overrides the subaccount setting.  And lastly, if the teacher sets the time on an individual assignment then it overrides the course setting.  This would give us a baseline starting time, then our Middle School (which starts at 😎 could have a different default time than our Upper School (which starts at 8:20).  It would also give our teachers the flexibility to override those times either at the course or assignment level since all of our classes (K-12) are on a rotating schedule. 

mwade
Community Participant

Thanks for the input. I definitely see the advantages of the layered approach you recommend. Please encourage others for vote for this idea!

fisher1
Community Contributor

Would this feature idea also allow teachers to set the default time for each section? Having to input multiple due times for multiple sections in one assignment is tedious in the assignment edit settings.

If it was possible to set the default time for each section in the course settings, then teachers could select one due date for multiple sections that meet on that day, with a unique start time tied to each section (eliminating the need to enter in multiple times).

mwade
Community Participant

This would definitely make this feature more flexible and useful for more teachers.

mwade
Community Participant

We would love to have this idea promoted in Canvas Higher Ed discussion area! Anything you can do would be appreciated. We are 2/3s of the way there!

tbunag
Community Champion

I sent it out to everyone on my team. Smiley Happy

cdlee
Community Member

It would also be nice to be able to set the due date time as "in class".  That way, it is clear that assignments with paper submission are due at classtime, regardless of what actual time of day that is.

Or perhaps paper submission assignments could have just the date and NO time associated with it?

jspringer
Community Member

I always just change it to 8 AM as it should be done when they come in in the morning to school. That would be a great default time, not midnight.

richard-jerz
Community Contributor

I didn't see the previous comment about where this idea should be implemented, but I thought I would add my 2 cents.

I can see that this setting should occur at multiple levels.  First, is at the system level (which is likely the school level).  The school might want to set this default to 9PM.  Then, an instructor should be able to override this setting somewhere in instructor settings, such as "I want all my due times to default to xx:xxPM".  Then (and in this order) the course should have a setting that say "For this course, set all due times to xx:xxPM".  (You get the idea.)

fisher1
Community Contributor

Another idea relating to this feature request was suggested by  @cherry1 ​, where Canvas would give an option to hide the due date time in the Calendar so teachers can tell students "it's due at the beginning of class." If Canvas would implement a default due time, maybe a "hide" due time could also be possible.

Here is the idea: