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Option to exclude Assignments from Syllabus

Option to exclude Assignments from Syllabus


It would be good to have an option to exclude the Assignments Summary from the Syllabus page.  Many faculty wish to only have the Syllabus with a course description, lecture schedule, grading, and other policies.  Now if you have any assignments they are automatically put on the Syllabus page - this should be an option only.  Why have an Assignments page if you force a link also on the Syllabus page.  Other ideas describe how some faculty like the assignments on the Syllabus page, so it should be simply kept as an option.

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi gwk​, and thank you for submitting this feature idea.

As an instructor of fully online courses, I hate all of the assignment lists including the Assignment index page, the to-do list (in course and dashboard), Calendar and the Syllabus page. I want my students to work through my modules, and not skip learning materials while trying to jump straight to an assignment.

However, as a Canvas Admin I recognize that either the Syllabus or the Assignment Index page are very useful tools for hybrid or web enhanced courses, where many teachers make them for their home page in a course. That being said, I also find the Assignment list on the Syllabus page to be redundant, and agree that it should be optional.

I did find two very similar but archived feature ideas......

  1. (absolutely no one voted for this)
  2. (and no votes on this one, although  @biray  did add a great discussion for this one)

I will suggest that your idea open for voting during the next voting period. The next voting period starts tomorrow (9/7/16), so don't know if it will make that one, but............

You can learn more about the voting process at How does the voting process work for feature ideas?


Community Champion

201207_pastedImage_3.pngThank you for your Feature Idea submission. We wanted to call your attention to   which was submitted in a different voting period, but archived due to lack of votes or inadequate response. (The idea that Kelley references was a duplicate of this idea, hencewhy it was archived immediately without going up for vote -- which is why there were zero votes.) You may want to reference these ideas for additional insight.

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Community Participant

A feature that is long overdue!

Community Participant

Tell me about it. We are open-entry, open-exit and CBE school. None of our assignments have due dates. I have to hide the dang Syllabus tool just to keep the faculty from using it. It's useless in its current form because all the assignments are listed in alphabetical order and NOT in the order that they need to be completed. It causes confusion for both students and faculty. It just needs to be fixed. Not everyone uses a semester-based terms. It would be nice if Instructure does give us the option to at least show the assignments or not. I have never been happy with this tool.

Community Participant

I don't see any voting buttons. Is this not open yet?

Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. September 7, 2016 - Wed. December 7, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

Community Participant

Yes, please. Many instructors want control over the look of their syllabus and refuse to post their syllabus in the Canvas Syllabus tool because they don't want the assignments table to appear. Since we are relying on the Syllabus tool to feed our institution's syllabus viewer (for students not yet enrolled and shopping for courses), instructors refusing to use it is a real problem.

Community Participant

This sounds like another efficient time saver with no downside.

Community Contributor

Yes! I would like to be able to have more control over what shows up on my syllabus scheduled in general. In addition to assignments, my class has three weekly group review sessions and after I added them to the calendar they all were added to that calendar on the syllabus page! This makes the syllabus page incredibly long with regularly occurring events that don't need to be there.

Community Member

Oh, yes----please, please, PLEASE give us the option to remove the course summary from the syllabus tool. Smiley Happy

Community Participant

Yes on this idea!

Another thread suggested just making a separate Content Page as the Syllabus...a good idea for many. However, we want our syllabi available to the public and use the feature in the Settings to do so. But we don't want to show the assignment/calendar list and dates. So an option to hide would be perfect! Make it so! (please Smiley Happy)

Community Contributor

This would be a good option to have.

Community Contributor

I would find it very helpful to be able to choose which assignments show up in the syllabus. As it works now my assignments that do not have a due date are all listed at the bottom of the page and it doesn't look nice at all. I have some assignments I want to list and other assignments I would like to leave unlisted.241804_Capture_Syllabus.JPG

Community Participant

<sigh> I would loved to have this happen sooner rather than later since we have moved to competency-based education. Having no due dates on assignments makes the syllabus tool rather mess and useless. We just resorted hiding it as no one can use it in its current state. Is it that hard to put in a simple On/Off toggle? 

Community Member

Our district requires teachers to use the Syllabus tab, and also recommends that teachers copy course content from one school year to the next.  Many teachers do not want students seeing an entire year's worth of work listed on the Syllabus Assignment summary, and the only recourse they have to fully remove it is to unpublish the assignments TEDIOUSLY one at a time (notably there is also no option to unpublish all assignments quickly, nor is there an option to unpublish all when importing/copying content from one course to another either!).

A simple "Show Assignment Summary/Hide Assignment Summary" toggle switch would make a WORLD of difference!

Community Contributor

I'll chime in with my thoughts. Having additional settings for the Syllabus would be extremely beneficial for a number of reasons, many of which of have well-described in related feature ideas, including: 

Beginning next year in our district, a teacher who chooses to have a classroom-level website will have to utilize their Canvas Syllabus for this purpose (publicly visible) and we really need our users to have greater options for how they utilize (or not utilize) the Details section of the Syllabus UI. If nothing else, a setting should exist that would allow the Details list to be hidden/removed from the Syllabus, if desired.

Community Champion

This would be awesome to have this feature. A lot of our faculty don't want to use the syllabus tool in Canvas because of the assignment list. Here are some common issues with it. 

Events - This isn't a big problem now but when we first moved to Canvas this was a huge issue. People were importing their courses from the other LMS that have several events from the calendar. Faculty would be confused why all these events were showing up in their syllabus list. Faculty either have to go to the calendar to edit the events and they can only do this one by one which is extremely tedious. 

Icon confusion - All assignments regardless of type display as document icon. It would be nice to have icon consistency across Canvas. 

Publish/Unpublish - For instructors ALL assignments display regardless of publish status. This is very confusing for them. 

No option for sorting or editing - This would be very helpful. 

Community Participant

Presently having the disjointed, disorganized mess at the bottom of the Syllabus page as a "SUMMARY" is a really distasteful feature. It totally confuses students and frustrates them even when they know it is to be "ignored" as nonsense! Poor way to promote software to students who will be choosing what to use in their classrooms in the future!

Community Participant

An addition to excluding items from the calendar would also be if you hide the Assignment tab from students in the navigation and use Modules as your basis for giving your content then only those items even if marked as published under Assignments only those within the modules show up on the calendar.

Community Member

I really like several of the options in the comments, as well as the original idea. I just hid both the syllabus button and the home button in order to get rid of all the assignments I don't want showing up along with the syllabus. I put the syllabus in a preliminary module (before module 1), but I don't really like doing this.