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Inconsistent nomenclature for course ID fields?

Question asked by Chris Palmarini on Aug 5, 2015
Latest reply on Nov 9, 2017 by rogrant@nmsu.edu

I'm a brand new Canvas admin, and am working with our IT department to develop proper SIS feed files.  I've come across what seems like a substantial discrepancy in the names of some fields related to courses, and would like to get some feedback on whether it's just me, or if this might warrant a product suggestion.

 

Specifically, there are some required fields when creating a course, but they are labeled differently in three places (except "SIS ID," which is the same in two places).  The three areas I'm looking at are:  SIS feed file, Add A New Course (UI), and Course Details (UI).

 

In an SIS feed file, the fields are:

course_ID

short_name

long_name

 

In the Add a New Course UI, the same fields are:

SIS ID

Reference Code

Course Name

 

When viewing the Course Details for an existing course, the same fields are:

SIS ID

Course Code

Name

 

It took a bit of trial and error to figure out which fields matched what, and it's still a little tricky to keep it straight.  So, is it just me, or is this a little confusing for others?  Thanks for any feedback.

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