I am a student and need to delete a couple courses from canvas. How can I do that?
Hey Will James Welcome to the Canvas Community! In most cases, you have been enrolled in a course by someone else and you can't delete or unenroll yourself, you would have to talk to someone else at your institution for that. However, you can control which courses appear on your dashboard, How do I customize my Courses list as a student?
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Hi Will James , and Welcome to the Canvas Community!
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I hope this is helpful,
What if students self-enroll? I have had instances of student data disappearing from a course after I have logged it into my spreadsheet. I have also had the problem when colleagues who must also take a given course, that upon making them instructor after they pass, their student data disappears from Canvas.
Because we do compliance courses, not academic courses, this is a huge problem for us.
If students self-enroll, they will be able to unenroll themselves while the course is still in progress according to How do I drop a self-enrolled Canvas course? I think if you want to prevent students from unenrolling themselves, you should use a different enrollment process than self-enroll.
It may not be possible - Because our courses are not academic, but compliance courses, we have limited resources. I can't really know who will need a course in advance, because I have no way of knowing which of the 44,000 students will need which of our offerings. It is a moving target. Students are given instructions by their supervisor/mentor as to which courses to take, meanwhile, my job entails many things beyond creating courses and trying to ensure that our records of who has taken what are accurate, so I am working on some other methods to track this, essentially having enrollment go through our HR department. I am hoping that in this way, a record will exist, regardless of what happens in Canvas. Our previous LMS did not have this issue, so while it was more difficult to set up courses, the records were clean. Of course, for academic courses, this is a moot point, as they have a different enrollment procedure.
I am also having difficulty with what happens to records if a "student" (one of my colleagues) is made a teacher after passing a required course. Again, boom, the data disappears. So sad!
Thanks for the suggestion though!
Elizabeth that is a very interesting situation. Thanks for explaining it. I agree with Kelley that there is likely a solution out there and the Canvas Developers group will have a lot of people with good ideas. I would recommend starting a discussion in that group laying out the situation as you did above, and asking for any suggestions on how the data from the compliance courses can be exported and archived. I would think something like a daily archive would fit your needs so you'd never lose more than 24 hours of data.
Thinking a bit bigger picture, there may also be some interesting ideas from Community members on how more process could be put in place to make everything scale. 44,000 is a lot now but you have to plan for the future too. If teachers were using a form of some kind (maybe a Google form?) to submit students for enrollment into compliance courses, that form submission data could be used to do enrollments with a CSV upload How do I format CSV text files for uploading SIS data into a Canvas account? Members of the Canvas Admins group are a good resource for this type of work. There is a lot of crossover in membership between the Developers and Admins group so I feel confident you will find great support in either location.
Keep me posted on how this is going. It is a fascinating use-case of both academic and compliance teaching and learning.
Hi Elizabeth Oseid
While challenging with 44,000+ users, there is some help/hope. If a self-enrolled user un-enrolls from a course, their information, submissions and grades will be restored when that user is re-enrolled.
I am going to refer you to the Canvas Developers group. While you can generate reports in Canvas to identify users who have dropped a course then re-enroll them to capture grades and completion data, this might be quite challenging with your numbers of users. I suspect there are API solutions that could be quite helpful, but that it not an area of expertise for me.
As for students becoming teachers - why? Would they be teaching in the same courses in which they were students? Roles and permissions are course-based in Canvas, so unless a student is going to be subsequently teaching in the same course, I would not change their role. If they are going to be teaching that same course, then I would recommend downloading their student info before changing their role.
For the students that become instructors: I know it is confusing, but here it is:
We work in the Office of Radiation Safety. We provide service across campus for users of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and have to meet the same compliance requirements as the “real” students to meet state regulations. In the future, I can capture the information before changing their role to teacher. I changed their role because we each have buildings assigned to us, and we each keep track of the people who need these compliance courses that are assigned to us.
Interestingly, one person in my office did not lose his student status when I made him an instructor, so his data is still there. Why that would be, I have no idea. It worries me a bit, because I can’t predict what happens in Canvas, so it is not a very good way to handle compliance courses, however, it is what we have, so I will find a way to feel confident in my data.
Realistically, there are not 44,000 students who will take our courses, it is just that we can’t know who out of the 44,000 will take our courses until they contact us, take our courses, or are discovered during an audit. I have close to 800 students who take an annual refresher course each October, and It is keeping track of these that is most difficult, especially since they can enroll and unenroll at will. I think I have solved that one by requiring enrollment through our HR department, but I still wish I could use the reports I can download from Canvas to give me an accurate representation as to who completed a course.
Thanks for your input! Anything that will make it easier to track is appreciated.
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