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Upload an image directly to a discussion as a student

Upload an image directly to a discussion as a student

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

As a student, I want to be able to upload an image directly to a discussion. I can only do this today using a cludgy, two-step workaround: (1) upload the image to my personal files, then (2) use the content-picker in the discussion-response window to select the image from my files. Instructors can upload images directly to discussions. Students can upload images directly to other parts of Canvas. Seems odd that this use case requires a workaround.


transferred from the old Community
Originally posted by: Sunny Washington
Thank you especially for contributions by: T Beasley, Stefanie Sanders

Comments from Instructure

This is now completed for mobile and web.

For more information, please read through the following release notes:

Canvas Student Release Notes (iOS 6.3) 

Canvas Student Release Notes (Android 6.3) 

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-15857-canvas-release-notes-2018-11-17 

200 Comments
snugent
Community Champion

This is a must. Currently it requires too many steps for a student.

745992
Community Member

I was hoping that this would be added with the update to TinyMCE 4, and there was a post on the old community indicating that this feature would be arriving soon:

Upload Image Feature for Discussions and Wikis : Help Center

This feature has been requested for a long time, and I hope that we can get some votes!

anthonem
Community Contributor

Hi 745992​ -- thanks for posting the old discussion on this topic, where we heard from Instructure that this feature is slated for implementation. Really need this functionality.

cbennell
Community Member

This is the feature I've been waiting for the longest. I'd love to see some movement here, as we approach the four-year anniversary of the original feature request. Fingers crossed.

hollands
Community Contributor

VOTED! As a student using Canvas I can add some insight as to why this is really frustrating.

I'm typing up a discussion post and it is significant. Now barring the pedagogical debate about why an instructor requires a discussion post to have charts, citations and over 8 paragraphs, I get done typing up my post, then I go to add an image that's on my computer.

At this point I'm stuck I can't just upload it directly to my files from the Discussion area. I would have to go to settings and lost all my work (also since discussions do not have a draft feature). Opening up my files in a separate tab will not help since I'll have to refresh the page to get the newly uploaded file to appear. It is incredibly frustrating as a student to have to go through several extra steps just to get an embedded image into a forum post.

buellj
Community Contributor

Yes!!! It is such a pain as a student to upload images.

kmatson
Community Participant

You can attach files directly to a discussion board rather than the clunky two step work around if your faculty member goes to Settings and More Options and clicks the box to allow attachments to discussion board posts.

Karen

745992
Community Member

I think the request may need to be renamed. Students can attach images using the process Karen described above, but what I think everyone here is looking for is the ability for students to easily embed images in order to preserve context in discussions.

tbrooks
Community Member

Originally posted on MAY 20, 2011, with 193 UP votes. And still not implemented.

isaac_piercy
Community Participant

Our instructional team loves the idea of having students post images to discussions in order to review projects they've created and have students engage with each other. Unfortunately, when we first started this, no one could figure out how to get their images embedded! I had to create a screencast detailing the process, which we now include in every discussion that requires image embedding. Our high school students are starting to get the hang of things finally - but we're not even bothering in K-8. The process is just too complex for them to handle.

This could work in a similar way to the Insert Image/File menu, which allows you to embed an image while at the same time uploading the image to course files - except replace the course files with the student's own files directory. Having the thumbnail previews within this menu would be a nice feature for students as well.

kedgecomb
Community Champion

I agree that this process should be simplified.  Students are confused by this, as well as instructors. 

klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

I teach at a school with a 1:1 iPad program, and in my art classes, I rely on students sharing images of their work. Once we figured out the multi-step process, it worked well-enough -- the browser version was more reliable than the mobile version. An easier process would be well used and much appreciated!

arovner
Community Contributor

I agree!  Please make this easier for students!  Many of my faculty ask students to include photos, diagrams, etc. in their Discussion posts without realizing that it's convoluted process for the students.  The reason we are all here is to remove barriers to success from the lms so students can focus on the content and learn!


Thanks!

Amy

peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

Thanks for the feedback, everybody!

Let me workshop this and I'll send an update afterwards.

peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

Pardon the delay on this, we misunderstood the request in our initial workshop and will circle back during the next one to clarify. (We assumed "upload image directly to discussion" meant attaching an image directly to a discussion (which is already possible for students to do, provided the less-than-obvious course setting is enabled) rather than embedding an image in a discussion.)

Kenny, thanks for highlighting the history of this request. That's crazy. I've had a few discussions about this with more veteran Instructurans (Instructurites? Canvassers?), and it sounds like there's a little more complexity to it than we were expecting when we looked into it previously. At this point, I don't have much more detail than that, but we will be addressing this again at our upcoming workshop.

And just in case some folks are unaware of the course setting I mentioned above, this may help improve the situation:

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Jeff_F
Community Champion

 @peytoncraighill  - can you share a few details as to the technical obstacles that are preventing this from being considered?  Such feedback would be helpful so feature advocates don't feel as though the idea has been set aside.

ps.  Alaska's state flower...   Images can be very useful.

forget-me-not.jpg

peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

Hey Jeff,

My apologies, I didn't mean to imply that this idea isn't being considered. We recognize this as the highest priority Discussions request from our community and it's most definitely under consideration. I only meant to say that last time it was looked at, it wasn't as simple as we would have hoped (i.e., not as simple as, say, let's copy and paste the code to enable it for students).

Still, rather than taking a few minutes to make it happen, it might take a few days to make it happen, including QA time, so it's not a massive project to implement.

Thanks for checking in!

anthonem
Community Contributor

Hi  @peytoncraighill ​

The functionality for embedding images into Discussion replies could overlap with embedding images on Wiki Pages. Currently, students can embed an image or file onto a page in their group workspace, but they can't on a course page for which the instructor has set "Teachers and Students" editing rights.

I don't see an existing request for this exact functionality, other than my archived request here:

Though, it seems to me like there could be an easy WIN-WIN situation here by enabling students to embed images on both discussions AND wiki pages.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

One more example of why it would be amazing if this feature idea got implemented! Part of the discussion assignment was to include a picture (preferably embedded), but this student had problems and instead tweeted it and included the link to her Tweet in the discussion.

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kari
Community Contributor

Hello All! I am new the Canvas community. Please forgive me if my question is naive. But, is there a reason why it is currently a global course setting to attach files to discussions and not an option to set a the individual discussion board topic? Thanks! I hope this goes through.