I’ve written this guide because the default Canvas settings were not appropriate for our classes. One of the initial issues that came up was that students were not able to create their own posts – they could only reply to prompts started by instructors. While this might be appropriate for K-12 classes, this generally is not appropriate for law school classes. I am told that this setting has been changed at Emory – by default, students should be able to create their own posts.
Another issue is that if students are permitted to edit or delete their posts, then any follow-up replies are left “orphaned” in the discussion chain. This is confusing and so we’ve opted to prevent students from editing or deleting their posts. Once a student posts, they can reply to their own post with any updates or corrections.