how do I edit a recurring calendar event
Unfortunately, the answer is one at a time.
The recurring option is used to copy the event and create a separate event for each one. In other words, once they are created, they're no longer tied together as one recurring event, so it is impossible to edit them as a recurring event. However, it does allow you to go through and edit them individually and say, for example, that I want this to happen every Monday for the next 16 weeks and then delete the one that occurs during spring break.
Your question is essentially the same asked here: Is it possible to edit/delete a set of repeating events? where Ken Black gave a suggestion about using the Canvas REST API that the person was able to use. I borrowed some of his answer, so I wanted to give a shout out for the amazing work he does. I'm also happy that person was able to use the API because it can save a lot of time, but using the API to accomplish that requires some skills that most people do not have, so it may not work for you. The best solution is to understand how things work ahead of time, but often we think we know how something is going to work just to find out it works differently.
Ken got his definitive answer from the Canvas Instructor's Guide page: How do I add a repeating event to a course calendar? If you're not familiar with the Canvas Guides, be sure to check them out, there's a wealth of information in there.
Finally, there is a feature request currently open for voting and feedback that is related and you might want to go there and lend your support: Edit a repeating calendar event . There is a related feature request that recently got added to not get notifications for every event in a recurring event: Only send one notification when a recurring event is created rather than one per occurence .
And for what it's worth, I've had to edit recurring events... the really old-fashioned way. I deleted them off the calendar one at a time and then setup the recurring event again the correct way. hehe. The process took about 5 minutes because I realized what the event really needed to say and was swift about it. So to the best of my knowledge students did not get lots of messages about things. Also I think I did this before the term started. heh.
Now when I set up recurring events for instructors, I make sure I know what the message needs to say and I plan accordingly. I think it just takes the 1 time flub to learn what not to do.
Cheers - Shar
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