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add a stop/cancel button for imports

add a stop/cancel button for imports

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A stop or cancel button on imports could be a lifesaver for all Canvas users. I see it being helpful in scenarios such as:

 

  • You start to import the wrong content
  • You accidentally selected "All content" when you intended to choose "Select specific content," or vice versa
  • You forgot to adjust or remove the dates
  • An import is stuck in queue, and you want to cancel it before starting another import (This would prevent the queued import from running at a later time and overwriting course content.)
25 Comments
biray
Community Champion

Thank you for your submission, dicksonl​. This idea will be open for vote in the next voting cycle. Smiley Happy

biray
Community Champion

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. January 6, 2016 - Wed. April 6, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

cwendt
Community Champion

Yes. One of my colleagues imported an entire course accidentally. Since I was the one who had to remove the extraneous stuff, this definitely gets my vote!

lalevesque
Community Contributor

I think this is a great idea that could potentially save some headaches.

It would be even more helpful if when an import is canceled, the changes made are undone; or at least the user is presented with a log of items that were changed. Either way, some information to aid in the removal of any content that was accidentally added.

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Interesting idea!  I voted for this.  Another thought that came to mind would be some kind of "confirmation" screen which allows you to do a final review of what will happen during the import.  There might be some kind of "Confirm" button that you want to carry out the import, and there would also be a button to return to the previous screen to make any needed changes.

This screen shot is from our previous LMS, Pearson eCollege's LearningStudio.  It's not a full picture, but the idea is that we had a final "preview" or "confirmation" screen before we told the system to carry out the course copy.  The items that were to be copied displayed below this message.

CopyContentItems.jpg

Beth_Young
Community Contributor

Oh yeah . . . I have accidentally imported the wrong course before. It wasn't pretty. Of course I realized what I had done the second I clicked OK but there was no way to stop it.

kedgecomb
Community Champion

Yes!  I have imported the incorrect items several times!  This would be such a great time-saver! 

Jeff_F
Community Champion

A confirmation screen should be plenty sufficient.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Being a highly error-prone klutz at times, I could really use this, as could my faculty.

I voted this up, and I also like  @chofer ​ suggestion!

KLM

isaac_piercy
Community Participant

Yes! I frequently need to import just a few assignments between courses for instructors. I have to be extra, extra careful to select the right button so I don't automatically begin the doomsday process of importing the entire course I'm pulling from on top of the current course. If that ever were to happen, a cancel button would be a must!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Greetings!

This is a great idea.  Our product team has evaluated the scope of this project and available resources.  It is something we will keep in mind in the future, but more than likely will not develop in the next 6-18 months.

Please continue to comment and provide use cases on this thread.  Follow this idea to receive updates as they are available.

ejackson
Community Champion

This is needed SO much! I'm always so afraid of hitting the wrong button and really messing things\ up. I am pretty klutzy and it could happen very easily!!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
  Idea is currently in Product Radar Learn more about this stage...
waz107
Community Contributor

I recently did that as well. It was a major headache because the course had quizzes and assignments with the same title so my old ones were overwritten! 

williams_r
Community Member

This 2017 and this still is not an option. This would be a great addition to Canvas. I just did it today importing content into a course by accident (that already had content in it). It would have been nice to be able to cancel the import. Luckily I was able to act quickly and make a course export before the import finished so I could save what was in the course originally. 

bogardde
Community Participant

Fast thinking - smart! I will remember that trick just in case...

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @williams_r ...

Another option for you (had the import finished before you were able to export) would have been to log into your school's Beta environment to export your course.  Here's a Guide: How do I access the Canvas beta environment as an instructor?

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

 

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

Steven_S
Community Champion

An import is stuck in queue, and you want to cancel it before starting another import (This would prevent the queued import from running at a later time and overwriting course content.)

I think this is, perhaps, the most important reason to add this feature.  Since courses from various semesters have similar names, it is easy to get to the point of selecting content, and discover that you have selected the wrong course.  While the upload will not run until you select some content, the option to select content remains indefinitely.  When there are multiple individuals with permissions to use these settings (multiple instructors, for example) it is easy for miscommunications to result in mistakenly starting these incorrect uploads.

bstrickl
Community Member

How and why is this not a thing nearly 5 years after being brought up?