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For teachers who are constantly on the go, having the ability to utilize the Speedgrader app anytime, anywhere would be a real time-savor for many teachers!
I'd love to have this. Often when I travel I have stuff to grade.
This is very important. Especially for schools when you consider that Office 365's OneNote class notebook feature offers offline assignment marking by syncing with the OneNote app.
Great feature idea. The Turnitin for iPad app had offline capabilities for grading writing, and I loved it. You'd have to download a set of papers while online, but then you could grade/annotate them offline and synch when you reached wifi again.
Excellent and much needed idea for implementation. Better yet, allow for offline grading, recording video feedback, then batch sync when back online.
I have used other gradebooks that use a check in and check out feature, which I think might be relevant here. The speedgrader app could essentially check out the gradebook to the device, while "locking" its local copy. This is helpful if you forget that you've checked it out and then go to the web interface later, where it delivers you a warning, so that you don't end up with updates in two different places. If you have a failure on the non-local unsynced copy, you can always use the web interface to unlock the gradebook and discard the update session that was on the mobile device.
An alternative would be to offer the user the option to sync up and discard updates that conflict.
This is a great idea to implement this while avoiding sync errors.
Fantastic idea, and I understand why it would be so useful. Unfortunately, it isn't an easy change (~2 people for ~2 months per mobile platform), and it's really unlikely that we'll get to this within a year. I'll archive this idea now and reopen it if/when there's an update to give.
This would be incredibly helpful! It's what I miss about Turnitin Marking. The app was fantastic and you could do all the marking offline - which means I could mark on the tube/train/plane/in a cafe with no wifi etc.
Please make this a priority - we have just switched from studyspace to canvas and from turnitin to speedgrader. I am already missing marking on turnitin, particularly using the app and offline marking feature!
This definitely needs to be revisited and made a top priority!
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Although my comment is pretty late to the game, I feel like our school thought we were taking a big step forward technologically-speaking, but for me as a teacher, it feels like a big step back. What I was able to do with the turnitin.com native site is now not available in the 'more advanced' version integrated with Canvas.
Take me back...
I would like to add that this should be available on a computer as well. Amazing idea, to be able to grade "unplugged" and away from the distractions that I'm so bad at avoiding on the internet!
I was shocked that the teacher app did not allow for this. I was able to do this in D2L/Brightspace (and it was about the only feature of their appbased grader that I liked). Please move this up on your radar. Being able to download a batch of files while online so that I am able to grade them while offline is essential. There is no wifi at soccer practice!
This is really necessary! Many of us travel or commute a lot and don't have wifi all the time. Being able to grade offline and then sync once we have wifi is very useful and should be a priority.
This is a vital feature. Many in the tertiary sector commute overseas for conferences, and fieldwork. The ability to mark papers whilst on a flight without internet access would be amazing.
I also second the comment that this should be available on computers.
I feel like this has been a feature that Canvas has been dragging its feet to implement and I’m not sure why. Nearly every other LMS (and some plugins, like TurnitIn) offer an offline grading option. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten on a plan thinking “great, I’ll have 6+ hours to grade uninterrupted” only to find out that the plane’s WiFi is down (or unreliable), causing me great stress. Being able to download the papers or files ahead of time, grade them in offline mode with annotations in SG, and then sync them back to the student account when internet is available is a truly critical feature. I know that the Canvas app already stores cached files, so this really can’t be that much of an ask. Let’s get it going Canvas!
Actually, downloading assignment submissions, annotating offline and then re-synching them when you are back online is something you have always been able to do with Canvas assignments. Use of speedgrader does require Internet access but offline grading of student submissions does not.
I do know that the download assignments option is available, but that doesn't change the fact that using some sort of other annotation software (which I have) and then re-uploading such a feature isn't available in speedgrader. The fact is that I'm trying to use one native solution to have my students see and engage with their comments directly in the system. I've discovered that when I download files, annotate, and then upload, the students have a hard time trying to find their feedback and many of them just don't review it (I even had one time where whatever annotation system I was using didn't allow the annotations to show on any other system). Also, when I've done that, I can't use the rubric that I've designed in Canvas for grading. The work-around that you've described isn't ideal, in my experience.
Therefore, I really do believe that a better solution would be to allow offline grading in the speedgrader app. I even seem to remember that this was a feature request that was in development (perhaps I'm wrong). However, I know that this has been a point of conversation for at least a few years now (perhaps even going on 5).
Does this work in the sense that you would download into a Speedgrader app, and be able to annotate in Speedgrader, fill out a rubric, and apply a grade and then sync it once you are back online? If not, then this is not what we need. Using third party apps (like word etc.) would mean that if I need to mark offline, then I'm not consistent with other graders/markers. It also creates more work for me.
Given this is available with Turnitin, I'm surprised Canvas is not paying more attention to this.
I am about to go o/s, and I currently work for two institutions. With one, my life is made easier as they use Turnitin. With the other, I have to wait until I have an internet connection, as Canvas is behind the industry standard in this regard.
This needs to be updated ASAP.
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