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add newly accept course to course menu by default

add newly accept course to course menu by default

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  Idea open for vote Wed. February 3, 2016 - Wed. May 4, 2016  Learn more about voting...

After someone accepts a course invitation, could Canvas add the course, by default, to the course menu? That way, people would see the course immediately in their drop-down lists and could remove it later.

 

   

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32 Comments
bmerkel
Community Contributor

With the new UI, I would go further and make the new courses automatically appear on the dashboard (cards). With all of the visual attention given to the dashboard, the course menu is becoming more of an afterthought to the user.

We rarely, if ever, "invite" students and faculty to actual courses in Canvas. All of our enrollments are handled via the SIS and thus don't generate the notification of a new course like an invite would. I think the addition should be triggered once a course is published not necessarily when the enrollment occurs. We load students into courses weeks before we publish courses for the new term.

hvaughn
Community Contributor

Current semester courses that have been published should automatically be visible to students when they log into Canvas, either as a card in the new UI ( as well as via the Courses tab) or as a linked favorite in the old UI.  The game of "Hide and go Seek" to find a course is not acceptable.  Neither is playing  "Tag You're It" in order for a current course to have a course card placed on the dashboard. If a student is enrolled in five current semester courses, then all five should be immediately available without requiring the user to "favorite" a course for it to be visible.

Jeff_F
Community Champion

"Hide and go Seek" is so much fun but I agree that we need to minimize it here.

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scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

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kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Yes, yes, and yes! Regardless of what Canvas Support says, Canvas did not function like this prior to the Spring 2015 session. This has been very confusing to our students and overall doesn't make any sense. All new courses should automatically show up on the Dashboard (or in the old UI, on the Courses drop-down list).

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

For additional reference/information/conversation about this issue, I wanted to point people to this discussion - New Courses in the New UI Dashboard

ejackson
Community Champion

YES!! This is definitely needed! Our Student Help Desk has been contacted so many times already this semester by students asking why their courses aren't showing up in their dropdown list, when they were used to them showing automatically in past semesters!

jmunoz1
Community Participant

This is so important for our students. Changes in a new platform are always overwhelming, but imagine not finding your courses! Changing this makes the platform more intuitive and would avoid a bunch of calls from students (they get worried fast :smileyconfused:).

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Okay, I have been thinking and thinking about this one and now have a terrible headache. I have also decided to vote down this feature request.

As an admin who also has a huge professional development role at my school, I literally get dozens and dozens of course invites. This feature would place them all on my preferred list, eventually bumping out courses that I need have on that list. It would require me to manage my courses list more frequently and actively. I have enough work now, and am not in need of more.

KLM

dmcclintock
Community Member

Hi  @kmeeusen , that's pretty easily fixed, I think.

Couldn't there be an opt-out option for admins? You'd just need to select "Don't automatically add new courses to my dashboard" and you're set.

Other admins with PD responsibilities are saying they've got more work to do - since we're always trying to help people find the courses they expect to "just be" on their dashboard or in their courses menu.

Enabling placement in the Course menu by default, or even better, Dashboard-by-Default, but giving the opt-out option, would be a positive step, I think.

buddyhall
Community Champion

I don't think even Instructure expected the dashboard to start working like this even though they say it's how it always worked. We have tier 1 support and at the start of the term Canvas support was directing, "I don't see my courses" back to us thinking they weren't enrolled. We told a lot of people to click All Courses and star the new ones.

christopher_mcg
Community Member

And had to inform the users that once they "starred" a course, Canvas' behavior forever changed and they would now always have to go in and Star/Favorite every new course they enrolled in, every semester.  I apologized to many, many, many students that Canvas did not inform them about this change in its behavior upon Favoriting a course.

LisaCasto
Community Participant

Absolutely agree! So confusing in January! 

kharris1186
Community Member

Absolutely necessary. This is too confusing and hurts a student trying to get started and already feeling lost in online courses.

allison
Instructure
Instructure

Hi all,

This is interesting and relates to another idea I had around favoriting courses, which I'd like to run past you. What if, by default, all courses are "favorites" and show up with a star on the Courses page. Then if you want to remove a course from your course menu, you would be required to unfavorite it by deselecting its star.

Then to incorporate your idea, when a user accepts an enrollment, their course appears starred on the courses page and also appear in the course menu.

What are your thoughts around that?

Jeff_F
Community Champion

We may have a bell ringer here folks.

Couple this approach with a conclude policy and we would all be certain to have a clean and functional course menu.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

If it means it can get implemented sooner rather than later, then yes, I'm all for it!

ejackson
Community Champion

That would definitely work for me!

buddyhall
Community Champion

Yes! I think this is an elegant solution to this problem.

RobDitto
Community Champion

Deactivated user, favoriting courses by default for newly active enrollments sounds ideal. It's what all of our institution's users expect to happen.

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