Hello. We are very excited about the plans for the redesigned Discussions tool. Many of the features listed are ones that our faculty have needed for a long time, so THANK YOU. Today, I am writing with some feedback on the Beta Release of the redesign. Thus far, the users with whom we have shared the redesign have been mostly positive about the changes. However, there is one change that was not well-received. It is no longer possible to expose all replies with a single click. Collapsing the replies under a link is a great new feature, but users are accustomed to and may prefer to see all replies when reading or catching up on a topic. It would be very helpful if there were a widget that allowed a user to expand or collapse all replies.
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is there an update on this urgent need for Discussions to receive a Turnitin Report? I am currently downloading all of my students' DBs and uploading them to Turnitin manually. To my chagrin, I have found that many of the DBs have information that would have been flagged in a Turnitin report that the student could see, had the report been availavle. I am now routinely uploading this report to students. This is laborious. It is incumbant for educators to ensure academic integrity. Is this feature going to be updated?
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Apologies if I'm posting this in the wrong forum… Two frustrations with Canvas announcements which I haven't seen mentioned in any of the discussions about the pending redesign so I'm creating this post. Looking through the community history, both of these have been raised by numerous people, going back 7+ years. Many teachers really want these features, so I was disappointed that they weren't mentioned as part of the redesign. First, when copying an old Canvas Course, most content is moved over without too much of a headache, with the largest exception being announcements. The profile icon associated with copied announcements is a "U", which draws students' attention to the fact that you're copying content from an older course. Once I edit an announcement, the profile icon should be updated to show I am in fact the author (which I was in the prior Canvas course, so I don't know why authorship isn't also copied over). I know it's possible to copy an announcement's content into a new announcement, but this also requires updating other settings (including the delay schedule), all of which introduces opportunities for mistakes. Second, there needs to be a way to save an announcement as a draft or have the option to publish/unpublish announcements like most other content in Canvas. I have a handful of announcements I don't always need to make each semester but there's currently no where to save these without them eventually being sent to students (I have made the mistake multiple times of setting the "delay until" date way into the future, only to forget about it and have an unfinished or irrelevant announcement sent to students). I really hope these changes are made in the upcoming redesign.
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Hello, I am shepherding along some feature requests re: the Discussions tool from instructors at our school and came across this user group. I saw that there were several new features added over the last couple of years, and was wondering if these are the only ones planned for the tool, or if others are still being considered?
Here are the feature requests we'd like to submit:
Discussion forum that can be easily searched, where the search function searches the content of the discussion posts, not just the titles and authors. Currently, it's impossible to see if someone has already asked or answered a question in a discussion forum. For a small class, this may not be an issue, but in a large enrollment class, it can lead to a lot of noise and confusion, adding to the administrative workload of answering the same questions over and over again.
Instructor endorsement for good student answers, where an instructor in the course can pin or highlight a student response to a discussion prompt that they would like other students to review.
Aggregate and count of discussion posts for the entire course, so instructors can more easily review them as for grading students' participation and effort. Currently, they'd have to open Speedgrader for each discussion, and there are no user statistics provided for discussion posts.
Do these already have ideas, or should I create new ones, and if so, where?
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