Color Coding in Canvas — Request a Feature

One of the hot-button topics for organizing things within Canvas is the want for a way to color-code different courses. Faculty (and students) are wanting ways to filter and color-code content within the calendar, inbox, and announcements. I agree that this would make navigating Canvas ten times easier, but this needs to come from the higher-ups at Instructure.

Color your Life, by Capture Queen on Flickr

But when? I hear your questions, and I don’t have an answer. Don’t get your pitchforks out yet, though. There are some things that YOU can do to put pressure on those wonderful folks at Instructure to work on this feature.

Instructure has this amazing forum called Feature Request. It is a magical land, filled with the wants and needs of the people. You are part of this collective people. You have a voice. Use it!

  1. Go to the Feature Request forum. In the upper right corner, there is a place for you to log in with your Canvas login information.
  2. Once you’re logged in, look around. You can search by categories. I usually use the Search toolbar and enter in some key words. It may come as a surprise, but I when I wanted to find current topics on color coding concerns, I used the key words “color coding.” And I got results!
  3. Ideally, you’ll see a list of results. The titles are actually links to the thread. Image
  4. On the right side of the title, you can see if a request is pending or has been completed.
  5. Click into the topic you find to be most promising. Once you are inside the topic thread, you can do a bunch of things:
  • subscribe to the topic for notifications of new comments to the thread by clicking the link in the upper right corner of the thread
  • click the “Me too!” button under the topic description to show your support
  • comment on the thread to ask clarifying questions, bring up a connected thought, or a possible solution for the issue at hand.

You will often get responses from other instructors/employees from other schools who are working to fix the same issue, and the Instructure staff is great about responding to topics and asking for clarification and giving ideas of when something might be put in place.

It’s important to remember that not every is possible with the way the platform is set up. Just because you want it doesn’t mean it’ll happen. Try to give as many details as possible for the issue and possible solutions and keep in mind that things read differently online — make sure you’re sounding interested and focused, not upset and rude. It’s all about tone, which I’m sure you know.

If you have searched the forums and didn’t find a topic that relates to what you’re wanting to suggest, “submit a ticket” by clicking the link at the top of the screen.

This is also a great resource to keep up to date on what’s coming up (pending) so that you can start thinking about how that will affect your course.

You can always ask us over in the eLearning offices, too, but this is a great resource to poke around when you encounter an issue — maybe a solution is on the way and you have to find a work-around until it’s published. Or maybe you can help get a ball rolling that will help everyone using Canvas.

Be the change you wish to see in the world, oh wonderful Canvas users.

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