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Show more classes in Calendar

Show more classes in Calendar

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This request is to allow additional classes to be shown in the calendar view. Right now, with a cap of only 10, it is not possible to have the calendar show all classes from all terms. Our terms are consecutive (for example, a term ends at the end of September, with a new term starting at the beginning of October). For faculty and students to have a complete picture of the schedule from one week to the next, they need to ability to view at least 14-16 courses on the calendar at a time. This is also useful when building the course calendar, so that there is not a constant need to change which courses are selected to be visible. Having this option will not increase clutter for anyone (because they can choose to select only the number of calendars they want to see), and will greatly increase usability for those who need to see additional calendars.
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Learner II

ALL courses show up in an iCal feed. This can be good or bad, depending on your point of view. Also, it's unclear why some of the "Details" show up for, say, an event (like a class) but do not show up for Assignments.

Learner II

Our students take about 12-13 courses per semester, so we are in exactly the same situation - they can't ever see all their courses at once on the Canvas calendar.

Community Member

Yes.  Our parent/teachers are overwhelmed with courses. Why not also have a button "turn on all"  and "turn off all" so that users don't have to scroll through the whole list to see which ones they still have on or off.  Just turn them all off and start clean with the ones they need to see first.

Community Member

Kelly,

We have heard the same concern from some of our parents.  We use Canvas K-12 so if they have a couple of students in the district all of the calendars are not accessible at once.  And in that same respect it can be difficult to keep the different students courses straight as there isn't an indication of which belongs to who.

Community Member

This would be a really helpful change. I really like the idea of the calendars, but since it doesn't show all my classes, there's really no point for me to use them.

Instructure
Instructure

For the voters on this thread, can you give me a sense whether this is more a problem for parents (observers), for students, or for teachers? If it's a problem for parents, we could potentially look at hiding courses for the students they observe by default. If that sounds interesting to you, let us know. We might want to create a new idea just for that.

I'd also like to learn more about the the consequences of not showing more than 10 courses for each of our users. If students can't see more than 10 courses, what does that mean for their educational experience? Invoking the power of your real-life stories here, so feel free to elaborate!

I'd love to know the same thing for parents and for teachers. What kinds of problems do they run up against with this 10-course limitation in place?

Thanks all. Your ideas and the stories around them really do help us make better product decisions.

Community Member

First of all, a great idea! Thanks, ggd356​.

For me, this is first and foremost a planning issue. In our school, students from different classes and levels often collaborate on joint projects. Consequently, I have to allocate the same teachers to different classes, across the boundries of classes and levels. It would be great to be able to see if the teachers I plan to book are already assigned to another calendar-event. Otherwise, I have to check every course-calendar separately, before I can schedule an activity. This would go both ways, as every teacher should be able to see the activities of the rest of the faculty. Also, it would be great to be able to make a request to book a teacher who then could accept or decline that request. Thanks a lot!

Community Member

The problem with only showing ten courses is that it creates an organizational challenge: each time they go to their calendar, they have to scroll through the little window and make sure that the calendars they want to see are on. Many of my students don’t do this carefully, and they assume that a calendar is on when it might be one of the ones at the bottom of their list and they don’t realize that they turned it off the last time they were using it. That’s why we need several ways to organize this list. First, an “all on” or “all off button” would create a clean slate users could use during each session instead of going through and clicking calendars on and off. Then, it would be even better if users could arrange their calendars into categories, not just alphabetically, like “clubs” “sports” “academics” and then turn whole categories of calendars on and off.

Nathaniel Gee

Community Member

The problem is that users have to scroll through the entire list of calendars each time to remember which ten they have turned on or off. Since courses are arranged alphabetically, “World History” is at the bottom, and students might not remember that they have it turned off. So, they look at their homework but they miss one class. Therefore, the only way to do this best is to comb through the list carefully making sure that essential Academic Courses are checked on each time a student uses the calendar as a planning session. Obviously, a lot of students don’t have this organizational attention to detail.

Two improvements would fix this: an “all on/off” button would create the ability for students to create a clean slate when looking at their calendar. Then, they could click on or off classes.

Also, being able to categorize groups of courses “Sports, Clubs, Academics, Groups” and then be able to turn on or off each category at once would be an excellent organizational tool.

Nathaniel Gee

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Community Member

We have the same problem of too many courses, our students will normally enrol in 8-10 courses per year, but we continue to give access to old courses, so if you have been here for a number of years the course number is large for students.  For Faculty it gets unusable very quickly as we create a new course each time it is run. I would be great to have a way for course that are currently running or about to run to be at the top of list.  Could the term dates be used?