Has there been any luck utilizing the Deadlines feed on the landing page? There have been several complaints about this activity feed at our institution. I know my activity completion rates have decreased significantly since this feature was introduced. Not every graded activity I post has a due date or activity completion date that will appear on this feed. And I see this as a bigger problem for any faculty members using inclusive access materials. One solution given to me was to create an assignment referring students to every graded activity so it will pop up on the Deadlines feed. This would be so time consuming, and make a mess of the gradebook. So, I have been informally polling my students to talk about their side of experience in our platform. Over 98% of them say they do not navigate into any class directly on a regular basis, and they rely on the Deadlines feed to take them directly to any work they need to do. Over half of my students state they have gone into their class and navigated through every topic section five or less times in 14 weeks. About the same number said they do not care too much about ensuring each section has the green completion check. About 30% say they use my course calendar to stay on top of due dates. In all of my conversations, only one student knew that the “View my calendar” link below the Deadlines feed would take you to all items for all classes in one central location. This calendar is much more comprehensive than the activity feed. In my opinion, this should be the only link that exists on the landing page and the activity feed should be removed.
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