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Please consider a feature that will allow students to export discussions and related threads. This can be a helpful resource at the end of the course. Professors will want the ability to release discussions for export so a release date option would be needed.
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scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hello Cynthia,

Thank you for taking the time to submit to the feature ideas forum.

I just now updated your idea submission to the queue that will open for vote on May 5th.

Cheers,

Scott

rochowd
Community Member

This is a really good idea. It is also very useful for dealing with accreditation issues..

ctomes
Learner

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for your suggestions in additional ways to use the exported material. Your ideas provide strong rationale for this feature request. I am glad you thought of the accreditation angle, that just expanded the usefulness of this feature to more offices on campus. I also appreciate the idea of using previous discussion material for starters in new courses. May I have your permission to share that with new online faculty? Have a great day!

Peace,

Cindi Tomes

hyeyoung
Community Member

Yes. I requested the same feature to our IT team, and they informed me you already requested this feature. I would like to download the contents on discussion board to value students' opinions on each topic.

745992
Community Member

There are some faculty that care very deeply about this feature. In the meantime one workaround I have found is  Evernote webclipper's article grabber. It is useful for scraping all of the discussion content, and ignores the navbar elements. Once all the discussions are clipped I print them all to PDF and combine them in Acrobat. The index is useful for students, and the PDF is  searchable. This takes a lot of work, and it would be ideal if something were built into Canvas.

rochowd
Community Member

Cynthia,

Yes feel free to share.

rochowd
Community Member

Andy,

Thanks. I will try that.

ctomes
Learner

Thanks!

thayerm
Community Member

Hi, There was a similar request in the old voting system so this is definitely something people want. I would like to see it have these capabilities -

For students - That there they have 2 export options: The first option to Download My Responses Only which would only download their posts specifically. The second option would be Download Entire Discussion Thread. I thought about another that would allow the students to only download their original posts and the posts of others they replied to, but I wasn't sure what to call it or if that would be something others would see value in?

For instructors - I think an option to Download Entire Discussion Thread would be valuable. I also think they may want an option to download specific parts of the discussion - like any posts by individual students. Though if an assignment the instructor can read through the posts in Speedgrader, this gives them a way to single out a student as an good example for future semesters by being able to download as a PDF. I am not sure if that would be needed but it was another idea.

leilaninautu
Community Member

Aloha, 

Please consider this option for both students and instructor - I serve in both roles.  This would be helpful

to share with administrators on the campus about the successes and things we need to work on.

hoovenl
Community Member

I ask students to include citations in discussions, which I would like to later use to update my class materials. Being able to download the contents of discussion would facilitate this greatly.

tufte
Community Member

As a professor, being able to output an entire thread in some low level format (RTF or HTML) would be useful for keeping track of answers to open ended questions. I repeat these from semester to semester, and most new students hit on the same sort of answers as previous students. But every semester, there's at least one student who hits on a new angle that's a keeper. Except there's no way to "keep them" in a way that can be accessed readily in future semesters.

I can see the usefulness of this sort of feature for students, but I haven't had any of them ask for it.

mspieth
Community Member

Hello,

I agree that this option would be of great value to both faculty and students.

hoovenl
Community Member

I could use this feature to create a Wordle (word art) from discussion. I could also use it to contemplate how well my discussion questions are getting students to think critically and engage with the materials. I could compare the tenor of discussion as I tweak my questions from term to term.

rami_shaath
Community Member

Please make this happen!

But more importantly its exportable to several types of format.  ie XML, PDF..etc.

May I'm asking too much.

rami_shaath
Community Member

As a student, I certainly would want to be able to Download Entire Discussion Thread

mrobertson
Community Member

We've had creative writing instructors request this since Day 1 of our move to Canvas... would be great to see this feature implemented.

peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

To help me workshop this, what are some specific use cases that we would address with the added ability to export a discussion?

Students would use the export to study offline? Instructors would use the export as a well-formatted printout? Instructors would use the export to compile responses over time? What's the benefit of a student downloading only their own responses? How does the export solve accreditation issues?

Thanks for your input, everybody!

canvas_admin
Community Member

Peyton,

This would help us when it comes to archiving discussions. We're on rolling enrollment for our distance education courses, so our courses never "end" until we replace/refresh them.  As you can imagine, the discussion forums can get up in the thousands which is untenable. This would allow us to archive discussions and "refresh" a discussion within an rolling course.

hoovenl
Community Member

1. Being able to look over discussion later, when I am rolling over the class, is a way for me to evaluate the quality of my discussion question/topic. Did it inspire students to really think critically about the subject? Does the discussion question lead students to engage with the class materials, rather than just give a knee jerk response? Can I better align the discussion question with learning outcomes?

2. I ask students to provide a citation backing up their discussion points, hopefully from sources outside class. My intention was to mine these discussions and citations to update the class. Not being able to export the discussion is a barrier to this.  I could see where students may want to use these discussion points and citations in their individual research projects.

3. My other idea using exported discussion is to dump it into a tool like Wordle (Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds), which would make word art out of the discussion. The most frequently used terms are displayed in larger fonts, so this would give the class feedback on what they as a group focused most on in discussion. This would be a nice way to conclude each module and segue into the next in an announcement.