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Unlocking Modules for individual students

Unlocking Modules for individual students

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Hi all,

 

This idea has already been requested, but did not get enough votes. Manually Override Module Requirements for Students

 

Any chance this can go through the voting cycle again! Would be brilliant to have this idea incorporated within Canvas. In our k-12 institution we like to encourage independent learning, so we let students move through modules at their own pace. Different students have different capabilities and some may be quicker to complete module requirements, which is why we would like to open progressive modules for individual students whilst keeping the module locked for the remaining students. Whereas now, if were to open the modules those students who have not yet completed modules feel pressured and try to rush through the modules.

81 Comments
rjf227
Community Participant

This is a much-needed feature to address some of our accessibility concerns and needs. We want to be able to provide content to our students (including blind students) at their point of need in a way that's not visible to the other students in the class. The lack of this functionality within Canvas compromises our ability to create an equitable learning design to meet the teaching and learning needs of students with special needs. Currently, we have to provide differentiated student content outside of the LMS to preserve anonymity, creating a scavenger hunt of sorts for the student (seeing we can't provide these materials in an organized way to individual students within the LMS). Because accessibility issues can lead to litigation, we would be incredibly relieved to see this functionality added to Canvas.

hlovett
Community Participant

This feature is very needed for accommodations. We get requests for this kind of feature regularly. I would like to see it considered again. 

rjf227
Community Participant

I don't think the mastery paths solution will solve the complexities of designing Canvas courses for students with disabilities.

ChandlWM
Community Contributor

You could create a module before it that has only 1 assignment in it that is assigned to that student only.  Then in the 2nd module you could make the 1st module completion a requirement to do the 2nd module.  Hey it is a work around, and no one would have access to the 2nd module but the kid who can complete the first one.

Just an idea to help out some person looking for help.

scatia
Community Participant

this would be a great feature...

bruce_janz
Community Member

I would very much like to have this feature. I have requests from students to work ahead, which I would like to let them do, but don't want to open things for everyone in the class. This makes sense especially during a pandemic, when things might not be so predictable and some students might want to work ahead when they can, in case they are faced with things they can't control in the future. Better early than late. 

VincentAdolph
Community Member

As to the Learning at your own pace how is that actually assessed? Serious non gripe question is this totally all brand new like a nation wide social experiment?

melissa_queen
Community Member

In Higher education, it is common to give students with documented needs an accommodation that requires an instructor to provide those students access to a Canvas Module earlier than the rest of the class.

Similarly to how Assignments allow instructors to make differentiated dates to access and submit Canvas Assignments, Canvas Modules should allow for instructors to be able to unlock a module with differentiated access dates for students requiring early access.

Without this ability, an instructor has to manually copy the content over to a separate Word document in order to provide early access to the student via email while still keeping the Canvas Module locked until the regular access date. 

melissa_queen
Community Member

I also created a similar feature idea post before finding this post:

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Idea-Conversations/Multiple-quot-Lock-Until-quot-dates-for-Module...

isabelmk
Community Member

I agree that this is a very important feature to allow for individual needs, such as leaves of absence. 

isabelmk
Community Member

In addition, I would like to have the ability to assign an entire module to some students and a different module to others. Right now, I have (quite clunky) workarounds to enable some students to work through a series of assignments, while others work through others. The "default" way Canvas expects us to do this is at the assignment level, a quite time-consuming task, especially if all of the assignments in one module are assigned to one group of students and all those of a different module are assigned to the rest. There has to be a way to program this at the module level. 

Ambiguous
Community Member

Upvote

pagibson
Community Member

Military students on deployment, employment travel demands, medical crises....my graduate students (re: adults) have justified reasons for not moving linearly through coursework at times and need the flexibility of being allowed to move through material at a unique pace outside the general pattern for the rest of the class. 

 

michelle_souvan
Community Member

This feature would be extremely helpful to promote inclusivity for students needing differentiation of teaching content or pacing.  Using different sections or course shells does not promote inclusive education in an online learning environment.  

TUNETAWILLIAMS
Community Member

Should work on being able to unlock modules only for certain students. Maybe for students who finish faster/sooner than everyone else. 

James
Community Champion

You can unlock modules for students who finish sooner than everyone else. You set requirements for finishing one module and then use that module as a prerequisite for the next module. Do not use a date restriction on the second module, just rely on a gateway or indicator assignment to signify completion of the first module. That gateway assignment could be a simple complete/incomplete assignment with no submission and then you set it to not count towards the final.

If time comes and you need to open the module up for all students, even those who haven't completed the gateway assignment, then go into the second module and remove the prerequisite.

jpayne2
Community Member

Would it be possible to have the ability to assign an entire module to just particular students and so that show up for only those students (like assignments within a module would)?  For differentiation purposes it would be helpful for teachers to be able to design a modified module for students that need accommodations that could be assigned to just the students who need that.  

Along with that, it would be helpful to have the ability to open modules early or keep modules open later for particular students needing extra time to complete work. 

Thank you for your consideration.

Jenny Payne

mike_ulrich
Community Member

Add me to the list of people who would like this feature. 

Two ways I could see this done that may not be too technically challenging…

1) Teachers can already set custom availability and due dates for assignments for students (the "Assign" section of editing an assignment). Couldn't this same functionality be copied to module editing? This would also be helpful for editing content pages. 

2) Allow the individualized availability and due dates in assignments to override the module availability date. This wouldn't help with content pages but would at least allow students to complete assignments. 

MariSakiyama
Community Member

YES, please include this feature, Canvas! I have to go thorough so many extra steps just to make it happen every time I receive a similar request from students.  

srl98225
Community Member

How do I access Math Lab in my modules. I have no i.d. code for MathLab and don't know how to make one. Help