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Making Sidebar Feeds Optional?

Hello, I’m an admin who’s new to the community. I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this, so feel free to redirect me if not. I found an idea in the Canvas community that had been archived as of Nov 4, 2015: Make Recent Feedback Optional – Sidebar Item. I see that this idea can be resubmitted, but I wanted to check first if there had been any other discussion of this issue.

The problem some students are having is that there are two items in the sidebar – the “Coming up” feed and the “Recent feedback” feed – that can’t be dismissed by student viewers (or by anyone, really). This brings up a sticky situation with students who view their dashboard in class and have their grades available for anyone to see. Granted, it’s not in an extremely noticeable place, and the grades in the “coming up” items are only available until the due date for that assignment has passed; however, it’s still an awkward thing for someone who got a poor grade on an assignment to suddenly see it displayed where their peers can see.

I had a student who asked for help on this, and her first workaround was, “Well, I could maybe not use Canvas at all.” I certainly didn’t want to encourage that reaction from a student, and advised that she could simply make the sidebar disappear by making the window smaller. Then, when she was one her own, she could work in full-screen. Still, it’s nagging that the only workaround I was able to suggest was essentially, “Make your viewing experience poorer.”

Is there some kind of easy workaround that can help fix this issue, something I’m missing, or is it possible to simply resubmit this as a potential feature, open for votes? 

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Per the feedback provided here - Hiding/Removing Course Sidebar - it sounds like this can be done using the global CSS or the global JavaScript. Because of the technical nature of doing something like this I'm going to share this question with the Canvas Developers group in the Community to see if they can help.

Community Member

Thanks Kona, I'll look into it further and follow up later on.


I haven't found an easy way of doing this. Smiley Sad

Pretty much Kona's solution is the only one I'm aware of.

Community Team
Community Team

Hello,  @mboyle2 , it's been a while since we last heard from you. Were you able to arrive at a solution using global CSS/JS? If so, please take a moment to update the thread. For now, I will mark this question as "Assumed Answered"; that will not prevent you or others from responding. Thanks!