How do I delete all previous posts in a course?
Hi Kathleen Himes...
At our Technical College, we do not reset courses from semester to semester in order for our faculty and adjuncts to re-use the course shells. Rather, each semester we have brand new course shells that are set up based on new course numbers and section numbers. So, for example, in the Fall we may have a "Computer Literacy" course with a course number of 103-159-24680, but in the Fall term, a different section might have a course number of 103-159-35791. (First three numbers are generally the program code, next three are the specific course, and last five are the section.) These numbers are created in our Banner SIS, and the course shells are automatically created/pushed over from Banner into Canvas. Our faculty copy content from semester to semester rather than resetting course content.
The above is a lot of background info, but I think it would help for the question you asked. So if you have a current course with lots of deleted posts, once you copy that course content from one course to another, you're not going to have all those old posts because there will be new students in the next course, and you'll essentially have a clean course of content to work with compared to an old course with student activity.
The other thing to consider here is...what if a student were to ever challenge a grade, assignment, etc., and you've reset the course to use again for another set of students. You would have difficulty going back to that old course because the data was essentially erased. While these situations are hopefully rare, they do happen.
So, I would recommend talking with your Canvas admins at your school to discuss the possibilities of having separate course shells for every time that your course runs. If that means you have two or three course shells for a given semester (one for each section), that would be my recommendation instead of re-using a single course shell over and over.
Re-reading your question again, I hope I am interpreting your question correctly. If not, please let me know...thanks!
Hello Kathleen Himes...
Are you an instructor or a student? And, can you provide some additional detail as to why you would want to delete previous posts? Are you asking specifically about Discussion topic replies? Announcement replies? Something else? If you could please fill us in, that would help...thanks!
I am an instructor for AIU 3. I was told the courses were reset and
unpublished again in order to make appropriate changes if necessary. I
logged into Canvas and published the course--I had no additional changes to
make. I assumed the posts from all discussions would have been erased by my
administrators, however all old posts are still visible. I have my classes
set up as Discussion based. So I will only have to erase all posts to my
course discussions. I just went in and manually erased all posts over the
course of the last 20 minutes. But now, when participants log in they are
going to see that I erased about 10-15 posts under each Discussion topic.
It looks horrible and there has to be an easier way? Should my
administrators be resetting the course in a different way? This is the
first transition we will experience. We have only taught these courses once
and now we will begin teaching them for a second time.
Kathleen Himes, M.Ed.
Continuing Professional Education
Intermediate Unit Instructor
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 7:31 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org <
Thank you so much! That makes perfect sense. I believe our administrators
(secretaries actually)may have only renamed the course instead of creating
a new shell. Thank you so much for your input. I understand completely and
will have to touch base and see how to fix the problem asap. THANKS AGAIN!
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