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Disable the To Do List

Disable the To Do List


I want students to work from the Modules and complete work in the order on the Module.  This ensures student learning progresses in a sound pedagogical order.  The student To Do list completely sabotages student learning.  If they click on an assignment on the To Do list without doing all the preparatory pages and information I have listed, in order, on the Module, they are not properly prepared or reinforcing their learning.

I have to put big red words to asking them NOT to work from the TO DO list, but some students will take the short cut anyway.  

Also, the student To Do list takes up too much screen real estate.  This right frame is completely counter-productive and unnecessary. 

Please put in a feature where the instructor can control or disable the student To Do list.

New Member

This section is very confusing for elementary students and their parents.  They are doing assignments that haven't even been officially assigned in class.  Or, their parents don't believe them when they say to ignore that section.  Please consider the option to turn that off from the student's view.

New Member

I agree that I would very much like to be able to disable the student to-do list so that they move through my materials in the order I have them posted in each module. The to-do list feature is causing a lot of confusion among my students. 

New Member

The to-do on the side is distracting

Community Participant

The ability to control it would be really helpful. For many of the reasons already stated - -  also, for folks who are trying to support teachers learning/using Canvas, they don't necessarily need to see all the assignments and announcements and so forth on their own To Do list even though they have teacher/designer rights in a course. It gets awfully cluttered.

New Member

I want to disable the "To Do" list as a lower elementary teacher, or at least have a choice in which courses use the "To Do" list.  I have a homework course card for ...home and subject course cards for the classroom. I do not want parents or students to work on school work at home. The red dot and number on the "To Do" list make it appear that students have unfinished assignments when that is not the case. I need to be able to do practice assignments and real assignments to have students learn how to use canvas, but sometimes we do not get to all of the assignments. I feel that Canvas needs to have more options to turn on and off all features. The platform was meant for college courses/instructors, not elementary school students and therefore the student and teacher needs are extremely different. I also think that since December 2019, when the original post was created, that a decision should have been reached by now. I do not feel that this is really a vote, but more of a forum that gives the appearance of a vote. 

Community Participant

I'm a university professor.  In my syllabus, I tell my student that the To-Do list and the Canvas Calendar may be misleading for my class, and they shouldn't rely on either.

Community Member

How do I vote for this feature?

Community Member

@lynn1 To vote to "Disable the To Do List", scroll to the top of this post and click the number of stars you want to give this feature. I suggest 5 stars! 🙂

New Member

Please get this done.  I put so much work into the order of assignments for students to just skip.  Just let me disable this ******* feature.

Community Member

YES, please for the love of all things educational let us disable or hide the "To Do" list!

New Member

It's ridiculous that this hasn't been addressed yet. We have many open enrollment courses that do not use due dates for activities, so the To Do list serves no purpose other than to confuse our students.

New Member

Our distance team has teacher buddies who are available to take over a course if/when the main teacher needs to be away for a planned trip or emergency. We would love to have our buddies enrolled in our classes already and have the "grading to do list" disabled for them. Instructure, please make this a feature... 

New Member

Please add the option to disable the To Do feature

Community Champion

Hello @jmccarth, all,

I am wondering if the capability to optionally remove the hyperlinks from the items under the Student To-Do list would be a workable solution vs. removing the section entirely.  I offer this approach as I feel having a summary of required assignments with the due at dates and time visible on the home page is useful.

To illustrate, see the image below. For this I edited the page html to remove the html tags that create the links.

To-do - no linksTo-do - no links


Community Member

Good Morning Everyone in the Thread,

This is kind of a "hack" work around but it gets stuff off the dreaded "Student To-Do List."

  • On instructor side menu of the class (to the left)
  • Go to "Pages"
  • Once the pages are listed, look to the column to the far Right. This is where items that are assigned to the "To-Do List" are indicated.

Now, this is kind of a pain but it works. As an instructor you won't have to hunt them all down.

Scroll through and edit each page that shows on the "To-Do List" to not show.

It is one click per page. Simply "un-click" the Add to student to-do box.

I hope you find this useful.

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Community Participant

@mcarpenter2  The problem is not the pages showing on the to do list.  I've actually started having to add them on purpose, because the default is for them to NOT appear on the to-do list.  The problem is assignments and quizzes that automatically ALWAYS appear on the to-do list.  Students click on those links without having clicked on the lesson pages that come before.  Becasue I cannot remove quizzes and assignments from the to-do list, I've started adding the pages to the to-do list, and putting them into separate modules that MUST be completed before they can move on to the quiz or assignment.

It's a real ain to have to add all of that, and set up requirements and prerequisites,  but If students can use the to-do list to skip your content, then something has to be done.

New Member

I have to put a comment on my course Home Page like below to remind my students:

Important Note: Follow the instructions in the Modules; the To Do list on the right is just a partial of the assigned work, which is a flawed design of Canvas.

New Member

YES. PLEASE PUT AN OPTION IN to let us configure this. As a program administrator, course designer, and teacher I do not need to be "reminded" of actions that are triggered by due dates in template courses that are not live and in front of students.

Community Member

I agree with removing the To Do list from the home page.  Make it an icon on the tool bar so that students get access to it but it is not the first thing presented.  I want my students to come in through the home page and then go to the modules.  I have a big Start Here button to get them there.  But they still click on the To Do items and try to do the work without the prep.  At least make it so we can configure it out of the way.  

New Member

Instructors need to have the ability to DISABLE the Student "To Do" List.  Middle school students cannot utilize this tool properly.