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No new browser tab on To-Do items!

No new browser tab on To-Do items!

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Do not open a new browser tab each time I click on an item to grade from the to do list.  It gets very confusing and overloads and slows down my computer as I work.  Then I'm constantly having to close tabs all the time. 

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Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: Open for Conversation
 
StephenFrancis
Community Member

I realize some people, when the click on a speedgrader assignment, may want it to open a new window, but for those who don't, it would be nice in settings to allow us to choose what we want to have happen.

bbkunkel
Community Member

Hello,

I appreciate everyone's hard work constantly updating/adding features in Canvas. However, Canvas needs to realize every teacher has different needs. Like differentiating in our classrooms to meet each of our student's needs, Canvas should be open to our ideas since we pay good money for your platform. 

For 11 years I have requested an option for new posts in discussions like new assignment submissions. This never happened even though many teachers agreed. At least have a setting for teachers to choose either way. It takes a long time to scroll through hundreds of students just to see if they resubmitted another post to receive a better grade. 

Last night I was grading and noticed I had 20+ tabs opened. I realized new tabs were opening for every new assignment I clicked on to grade. This is very cumbersome. This Causes accidental closures to windows I did want. When you get to the original window, you have to refresh to see what assignments were graded. Please give options for users to make it custom to each of our needs. Times are hard now. Many of us have 300+ kids. We should be stressing/wasting time on 'features'. I spent over an hour with someone in chat last night and over 2 hrs with someone today. No one could help. 😞

Thank you!

patricia_lipsey
Community Participant

I am sure there was a reason for this change but it has certainly made my life more difficult.  Is it possible to turn this feature off.  I have 4 sections so when I grade if a new tab opens with each assignment my tabs become unmanageable unless I close the tab each time.  Even closing the tab, I have to go back to the original tab and refresh to clear the assignment that I just graded.  This new feature has added considerable time to my already heavy grading load.  Please make this an optional feature.

ClaireDriscoll
Community Member

I agree with you, Pat.  This new feature has added considerable time to my grading and it's quite confusing with all of the extra open tabs.  Please make this feature optional!

Naomi
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: Open for Conversation

Hi @bbkunkel,

Thanks for sharing your perspective. Like you said, this was a recent change; added in Canvas as part of the Sept 15 deploy. I've opened this idea for conversation. 

ValerieCichy
Community Member

Please un-do the update that forces opening in a new tab every time I click to grade something under the to-do list. This makes things even more bulky & cumbersome. If anything, could this be an option that people choose to either open automatically in a new tab or always open in current tab. This is just creating so much extra work for me. 

bbkunkel
Community Member

Thank you Pat and Claire for sharing. It IS exhausting. I have 300 students. Can you imagine the number of assignments that are submitted daily? What is also disheartening is that I spent almost 4 hours with Canvas chat about this over 2 days and they did not even know about this new feature? They blamed Chrome for this and had me reinstall chrome and change all of my settings.

I wish Canvas was empathetic to individual teacher's/user's needs. For ALL NEW Features, there needs to be a Beta version that is able to be turned OFF by users. It should not be hard with technology today. One size does not fit all. 

Thank you!

tammi_brandon
Community Member

We are experiencing the same thing as mentioned - every time an instructor opens something on the To-Do List, a new tab is open. This is incredibly cumbersome for our team. We have hundreds of students enrolling every 2 weeks, so you can imagine the number of assignments that are turned in daily. Opening new tabs is frustrating my instructor team Please, please turn this feature off or make it optional.

While we all appreciate the updates the Canvas team makes, please be sure to beta test with users, poll users, or allow us to customize things to suite our needs.

michelle_anding
Community Member

When I click on the assignment to grade it from the Home page, the speed grader is now opening in a new tab. After I grade the assignment, I click back on my course name at the top. This now has 2 tabs open. As I repeat the process I get more and more tabs open that are not needed. Please turn this off. 

michaels
Community Participant

I was coming here to make the same comment. This is ridiculous. This is what my browser looked like when I was halfway through my grading today (I use micro-assignments sometimes so there were a lot of submissions). This is not useful or helpful. At least give us the option of what it does, but if you can't then please turn it off. It is way easier to right click and open something in a new tab if that is what they want than to have to close the tab then refresh the Home page to see what still needs gradingTabs in Canvas.png

cdgray
Community Member

With the most recent update forcing Speedgrader to open in a new tab when clicking on assignments to grade in the To-Do list I am finding that it severely impacts my productivity and workflow; especially when I have multiple assignments to grade. By forcing it to open in a new tab it leaves a static tab open that does not update to reflect the work that has been completed. Additionally, when working though the grading process through multiple assignments, when I'm ready to move on I must either click the course link at the top of Speedgrader to navigate back to an up-to-date Homepage and To-Do list and close the original Homepage or close the Speedgrader tab and refresh the original Homepage to reflect the updated To-Do list. This adds extra steps to a process that, in my opinion, was perfectly fine and did not need adjusting. As I am sure there are those that disagree with me, I believe a simple fix would be to add a toggle in the course setting for an Instructor to dictate whether Speedgrader opens in a new tab, vs opening in the same tab.

ProfessorH2021
Community Member

I agree with the comments about the new browser tabs opening when clicking on Grade Assignment links from my "to do" list. It's messy because I now have many, many tabs open. Also, on the original tab I now have to click on "refresh" to see what's left in my "to do" list. (Before, the items disappeared immediately as soon as I graded--or almost immediately.)

Thanks for listening to our feedback. Overall, Canvas is awesome! Such an improvement to what I had when I first started teaching in the early 1990s--a paper and a pen!

ChristopherSean
Community Member

With the most recent update forcing Speedgrader to open in a new tab when clicking on assignments to grade in the To-Do list I am finding that it severely impacts my productivity and workflow; especially when I have multiple assignments to grade. By forcing it to open in a new tab it leaves a static tab open that does not update to reflect the work that has been completed. Additionally, when working though the grading process through multiple assignments, when I'm ready to move on I must either click the course link at the top of Speedgrader to navigate back to an up-to-date Homepage and To-Do list and close the original Homepage or close the Speedgrader tab and refresh the original Homepage to reflect the updated To-Do list. This adds extra steps to a process that, in my opinion, was perfectly fine and did not need adjusting. As I am sure there are those that disagree with me, I believe a simple fix would be to add a toggle in the course setting for an Instructor to dictate whether Speedgrader opens in a new tab, vs opening in the same tab.

ahovanes
Community Member

I hate speedgrader opening in a new tab too. It takes like 5 more steps to do the same thing! We have a lot of assignments and quizzes to check. Please change it back! Or make it a setting we can disable. 

krista_crowe
Community Member

I've been trying to figure out a problem I'm having in Canvas which just started last week.

The Grade Assignment Link in the To Do list opens Speed Grader in a new browser window. This change is NOT a benefit. THE CHANGE IS HORRIBLE. Evidently someone who does not use this feature made this change!
I use this all the time! This makes grading twice as long because now, instead of just going back to my home screen and it updates the To Do List automatically, I now have to close the new open window and then refresh the home screen adding steps to my routine I have been doing for 10 years. AS WELL AS, I NOW HAVE 100 OPEN WINDOWS BECAUSE I NEVER REMEMBER TO CLOSE THE WINDOW!! PPPLLLLEEEAAASSSEE!!!!!!! CHANGE IT BACK!!!!!!!!!!! This took a one step click and made it 5 steps!! BAD DECISION. If I need to go somewhere else with my complaint please let me know

patricia_lipsey
Community Participant

The ¨work -a-round¨ that seems to work best is :

When a new tab opens, immediately close the previous tab and work from the new tab.  Continue to do this so that you only have one tab open per course at any time. This keeps the To Do  List up to date  and a cleaner screen.  You just have to do it religiously each time. 

bbkunkel
Community Member

Thanks, Pat for sharing your ideas. You have great posts/ideas. This is what I am doing as well. However, I feel for what we are paying Canvas, this is not acceptable. Canvas needs options/differentiation/to listen to their users' needs.

Thank you!

bbkunkel
Community Member

I also do not feel Canvas is listening to user needs. I see posts that users want to be able to go to the dashboard after grading. Constantly opening new cumbersome tabs while grading is not the solution. This is totally different. When grading, simply have a link or drop-down that lets the grader choose where to go, the dashboard, or back 'home' when done. Please do not keep multiplying tabs.  😞

 

Thank you! 

erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

Hi, all,

Our product team just finalized an engineering ticket to create a user setting, which will allow you to define how you want to open To Do tabs. Please watch the release notes for updates.

Thanks,

Erin