Sort student dropdown in gradebook upload by name instead of Canvas ID


When using the Gradebook Upload functionality, the dropdown for selecting students that Canvas could not identify is formatted as "[First Name] [Last Name]" and sorted by the Canvas ID of the student. This makes the dropdown nearly impossible to use effectively in a course with a moderate to high number of students. The Canvas ID is not displayed in the dropdown and, even if it was displayed, it does not make sense to sort by the internal ID number of a student.

I am requesting that the dropdown be altered in the following ways:

  1. Sort the dropdown by last name.
  2. Display names in the "[Last], [First]" format.

Students sometimes have preferred or different first names.

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I tried to submit this as a bug, but was told it needed to go through this feature request flow. I do think that this is a bug/small error that should be fixed and not something that needs to be voted/prioritized as a potential future feature.

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Status changed to: Open
Status changed to: Archived
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