So I'm setting up all my courses by copying from my sandboxes into fall semester shells. This is really quite a tedious process and I don't think it needs to be. We just need a better way of dealing with dates in Canvas.
For some courses, I copy and shift dates, calculating how many days from end of last semester to end of next semester. But then I have to go through the calendar and shift all quizzes/assignments/events that fall near a holiday. If the drag is over the month, it can sometimes be impossible. In the end, I have to drag and drop almost all of them onto different days.
One of my courses copied fine. The next went all wonky, I think because there are slightly different lengths to the two semesters. Dates got shifted in both directions.
For other courses, I then copy from the first course into another course that is a different section of the same course. Our courses are all set up in Canvas as individual courses, even if they are sections of the same course. So for this course I then have to shift all quizzes/assignments/events by 2 hours. I though this would be easy--I used the google doc for changing due dates and it worked perfectly. For one course. For the next it just kept deleting ALL due dates. So I haven't figured that one out except for going through every piece of my course individually and editing. Hmmmph.
I have another course on McGraw Hill's Connect website which isn't perfect, but has more options than canvas. I was able to adjust dates times much more easily because all assignments can be edited in one list. See the screen shot below. Only took me about 3 minutes to fix dates for the entire semester. This same task would take me about an hour in canvas because I have to open every assignment individually--especially if I need to change the TIME.
This is just managing a database of dates and numbers. Computers are pretty good at that. All we need is a function in Canvas that gives us a GUI for doing it. Please!!!