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accept course invites in mobile app

accept course invites in mobile app

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

It would be very nice if the ability to accept course invitations was available in the mobile app.

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For more information, please read through the https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-14089-canvas-student-release-notes-ios-320 .

42 Comments
rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

This is a request from UCF. Deactivated user​ said at InstructureCon that in the Fall that 25% of student will access Canvas for the first time on a mobile device. This makes it important for them to be to accept an invite to work in their classes.

d21585h
Community Contributor

This is a great idea. Once we can vote on it in a few days, I'll support this.

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

 @rseilham ​ thank you for adding the student usage percentage. d21585h​ thanks for the support.

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

For anyone who is following this Enhancement Request, it is now open for voting. Thank you!

d21585h
Community Contributor

Thanks for the reminder. I voted for this great idea.

buellj
Community Contributor

This would be great - we're also seeing increased mobile use and the apps need to have as much of the same functionality as the desktop experience as possible.

tdelillo
Community Champion

I noticed this week that mobile users can access the course whether they've accepted the invitation or not. I don't know if that's a bug, and whether this is the right place to discuss, it, but if they were first prompted to accept the invitation, then it wouldn't be an issue.

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

Tracey,

Thanks for the message. I think it's actually a little more complicated than that. When a student is invited to a course the mobile app will

  1. Show the course, whether they have accepted the invitation or not (as you already stated)
  2. Treat the course as a public course. The student cannot do anything related to a grade (which can lock out content if prerequisites or requirements have been added) until they accept the invitation on the web. NOTE: On the web, the course will automatically accept your invitation once the user accesses the course, regardless is they accepted the invite

Here are screenshot of what happens when you try to take a quiz on mobile without accepting an invite first. Notice the loading animation won't change.

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This matches what happens in a public course on the web:

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This makes the case for being able to accept invitations on the mobile app.

tdelillo
Community Champion

Hmmm. Makes sense, given some of the limitations I was seeing. They were able to participate in discussions, though, which I didn't think was quite the behavior of a public course.

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

Interesting. Definitely adds to the fact that this is more complicated. I'll test that out on my end and get back to this post. We might be dealing with an enhancement and bug situation. ( :

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

My testing confirms that students can contribute to a discussion without first accepting the invite on the web first. With that, you can't turn in a assignment though. The "turn in" text is greyed out.

PSU_Tony
Community Contributor

Good idea! Totally makes sense.

jennifer_feeney
Community Member

Good Idea.  I would like to see this added.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

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scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

I just gave this idea the obligatory Panda-Cat because it didn't make it to the 3-month, 100 vote cut off.  That being true, it did make it to 75 votes, which makes it a giant amongst mobile related ideas.  We are working with Product to identify how popular or relevant mobile related ideas are compared to other mobile ideas.  This one will feature prominently.

 @Renee_Carney ​, stefaniesanders

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

Please keep me posted on what your Mobile Team decides as this was requested by  @rseilham ​, UCF's Mobile Guru.

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

Thanks for the response. It's no surprise that I'm passionate about mobile ideas not being compared to web idea. 75 votes is very impressive. I'm glad to hear there is some consideration to not hold mobile ideas to the 100 vote threshold. I would also suggest that you look at previous mobile idea vote counts and figure out a number that is more "fair" for mobile ideas. Thanks again!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

We love your passion Ryan!

Just want to clarify - we will be holding mobile ideas to the 100 vote threshold.  What Scott was sharing was that we often take feature themes (ie. mobile, gradebook, discussions, etc) and look at them holistically.  Sometimes features that do not make the 100 votes will end up on our radar, and mobile is one of those categories we take note of.  If/when a mobile idea reaches 100+ votes it will be officially addressed by our product team per our voting process​.​  However, you may see some addressed or developed that did not reach 100+ votes, because they just make sense!

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

I'm glad to hear there is a process for a mobile idea that is less than 100 votes. Especially since this is there has only been one mobile specific request to ever reach 100 votes in the new community. Maybe there is a better process than immediately adding a PandaCat? I still wish the threshold was moved to something a little more realistic, around 75, but then again I want to respect the process. (:  Thanks.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Very good response  @Renee_Carney ​!

And it is not just mobile request that Instructure responds to in that manner. I have seen other examples. If it makes sense, then it is added to the Canvas road map. The converse is also true: if something does not make sense, does not reflect the product philosophy or is near impossible to accomplish within the current product structure, all the votes on Earth will not make it happen.

The really cool thing is that Canvas will usually tell us why in either scenario.