Deleting a published assessment in Samigo with submissions results in the loss of a test that only developers can restore by accessing the database directly. As a result, a more drastic feature to allow actual purging of student submissions and several counter-features to prevent deletion have been added, so now it can be difficult and frustrating to remove published exams with submissions (for example, see
SAM-3091, SAM-2901, SAM-3177, SAM-3210).
I propose that we add a feature to Softly delete published assessments, which instructors can then restore for a certain amount of time, defined at the institutional level (e.g. 1 year). I believe this would greatly reduce the risk of accidentally removing submissions, while allowing instructors to delete exams that they took themselves in student view (i.e. no actual students took them - see
The feature would leverage the existing Remove option, which places a database flag on the assessment in question to indicate that it is deleted.
Rather than remove the assessment from instructor access when this flag is applied, create a new Removed or Trash section under Published Copies which will allow for the following:
- As exam removal does already, remove an associated gradebook entry for the deleted exam if it exists.
- Push the removed exam to the bottom of the Published Copies list, underneath all "live" (not deleted, whether active or inactive) published exams.
- Add a trash bin icon to the left of the removed exam, with appropriate alt text indicating it's deleted.
- (Maybe?) Gray out the title of the deleted exam (since Sakai does that with other invisible content).
- Remove all standard options from the drop-down menu for the affected exam, and replace them with a single Restore option.
The following needs to be taken into account: neither Samigo nor Gradebook will accept two items with the same title. Allowing soft deletion will require additional code to handle this title issue:
- Preferably: Automatically modify the title of an assessment on Restore. For example, append - RESTORED to the title. If multiple items with the same title are restored, append a number to their titles as well, similar to how duplicating exams appends a Copy #1, Copy #2, etc.
- Undesirable, but may be necessary if #1 is impossible: Prevent the user from publishing an exam that has the same name as an existing one, and give them an appropriate error message to let them know they already have a deleted exam with that title, so they must modify the title of the new exam.