Create an emoji button in the comment section of Speedgrader

Idea created by David Theriault on Sep 3, 2015
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    Okay, I know it's going to get buried down here on the bottom, and it might be really silly BUT, I've mentioned this to a few other like minded teachers and they've all liked the idea.


    In the far right part of the Speedgrader where you leave comments,




    I want a little button next to the audio/video choice that if clicked would show: Emojis!




    Think of how much typing you would save if you could just click and insert one or more than one of these bad boys/girls in a comment. It would also add the element of fun to something (feedback) that can feel stressful.


    Not only that but, sociology professor Ben Agger at the University of Texas at Arlington, "says that the growth of emoticons says a lot about how we’re otherwise limited when communicating online. “Emoticons bring the nuances of face-to-face or voice-to-voice interaction, those nuances and subtleties which are necessarily lacking when you’re interacting by way of the screen,” he says. “They attempt to make up for that alienation.”"


    From the same BBC article "researchers are aware of emoticons’ social significance, and [they] have begun to investigate exactly how they can influence us during conversations. For example, one recent study found that using smiley face emoticons when delivering negative feedback to employees improved the chances of that feedback being accepted, so long as the feedback itself was specific. Other research found that students could be made more willing to participate in online classes when emoticons were used in online discussion groups.




      Comments from Instructure


    December 2015 update Christi Wruck

    Hey folks, Gradebook Product Manager for Canvas here!

    We will certainly take this idea into consideration as we build a new Speedgrader, but it's a pretty considerable effort~ adding the emoji is one thing, but those emoji then need to show up in a lot of places... everywhere the comments are viewed. I'm thinking that we aren't currently able to do that (we currently only offer plain text in speedgrader because of limitations elsewhere in Canvas), so it may be a non-starter, but we have thought about adding some kind of emoji "stamps" on the submission. That may be something that we can manage in terms of where all the emojis would be visualized.

    Thanks for submitting the idea!


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