I'd like my students to automatically see the "show by type" assignment page when they log in. Right now it's automatically going to the "show by date." Can I change this?
Timothy, thanks for finding that documentation on How do I filter assignments by type as a student? . As an instructor and administrator, I never see the "Sort by Type" so I wasn't sure what Christine meant.
Now that I know, I can answer the question.
No, you cannot set this for your students. If you want to force the assignments to be listed by date, you can use the syllabus page or the student can set the assignments page to sort by date, but you cannot set it for them.
Note that this setting is not saved inside Canvas, which is part of why you can't set it for them. It's saved in the browser's local storage, so if a student switched to a different browser or a different machine, a different user, or a different computer, it wouldn't stick. Chrome has storage, which is different from local storage, that can be synced between browsers, but the local storage is not synced.
It is a value that is keyed off the course and user, so it can be enabled one way for one user in Course A, but differently in course B, and if two people use the same browser to log into Canvas, they can each have their own settings.
It would be much easier for the students to just go through and manually switch it for your course.
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Please view the following link pertaining to your issue: How do I filter assignments by type as a student?
This should prove helpful in what you wish to accomplish.
Thank you for your question @Christine Esche! Please feel welcome, and don't hesitate to reach out to the collective knowledge of the Canvas Community!
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A broken clock is right, twice a day! Glad I stumbled across it.
Appreciate the lucid and complete answer. My knowledge is enriched because of it!
Thanks James. I work with very low-computer-literate students so adding the extra step to them having to hit "show by type" is actually pretty cumbersome to have to deal with. I went ahead and moved everything in modules so that the first thing they see when they go into the Canvas site are the tasks under the right categories and in the order I want. It was pretty easy to move them over, actually, so I'm grateful for that. Thanks for letting me know.
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