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For those looking for an interim solution, I use a little program called PhraseExpress (as far as I know, it's only available for Windows) to accomplish this. The program is adaptive; once you've used the same phrase a few times, the program will offer you choices of previously-used comments after you key the first few words into the SpeedGrader Add a Comment field.
I installed PhraseExpress after reading your comment, and it's wonderful! I even prefer it to a built-in solution because it works seamlessly in any application. It's very flexible. Thank you!
Hi guys, did you know SpeedGrader does have this if you use free-form rubrics? Otherwise, I love Patricia Tentoni's comment that an external tool is better than one built specifically for SpeedGrader, as you can use it anywhere. So thank Stefanie Sanders again for calling out text expanders, aka text snippet programs. These make it easier to call up pre-written text. Many of these rely on keyboard shortcuts or abbreviations.
I've used aText on the Mac for a while, and I've heard TypeIt4Me is good, too.
There are also some built for browsers, too: I haven't used these yet, but AutoTextExpander and ProKeys are both highly rated on the Chrome app store.
Yes to macros! Great idea!
If this is an important feature to you, please consider adding your observations and use cases over at Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader/DocViewer . The desire to have something like this added during a future SpeedGrader upgrade is something we have heard loud and clear.
Thank you for linking to a related idea, Scott! At first I thought they were duplicates, but Stefanie kindly pointed out that this one is focused on speedgrader, and the related idea is focused on Crocodoc!
While these are different, they are similar enough that we are updating with the same status as Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader/DocViewer
January 2016 update from Christi WruckHey Folks!I hope you noticed our new status. "Under Consideration". It means, we think this is a good idea and despite the fact that we can't get this done in the next 6 months, we're looking for ways to squeeze it in sometime in the future. We'll be working on some designs, will probably have questions for you at some point, and will be hoping some of you on this chain will want to participate in some user testing to make sure we're on the right track to solving this problem. Stay tuned!
January 2016 update from Christi Wruck
I hope you noticed our new status. "Under Consideration". It means, we think this is a good idea and despite the fact that we can't get this done in the next 6 months, we're looking for ways to squeeze it in sometime in the future. We'll be working on some designs, will probably have questions for you at some point, and will be hoping some of you on this chain will want to participate in some user testing to make sure we're on the right track to solving this problem. Stay tuned!
This idea was moved from Under Consideration stage (no longer in use) to the Product Radar stage.
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I just submitted an idea, /ideas/9439-add-a-text-expander-tool. It is similar to this one, so Renee told me about this Idea.
My idea is a bit different. I would like the opportunity to use it in all textbox tools in Canvas (inbox, discussions, announcements, SpeedGrader, Rubric, and DocViewer). I would also like the ability to create my own phrases, just like a Text Expander Tool. Some people have mentioned they use a text expander tool, but it doesn't work in DocViewer. I did try the Chrome Auto Text tool, but that intermittently works in the comment box and still does not work in the DocViewer.
If you are still interested, please vote up my Idea above. Thanks for looking.
I would love to see this feature added to Canvas. It's got my up-vote!
For interim workarounds, I see lots of Windows-specific and browser-specific programs...
To help our Mac users, I found a program called Keyboard Maestro that's very configurable. My free trial hasn't expired yet, but I'm starting to get nags now. (And I can't tell if it actually expires or just becomes nagware.)
I used it to create hotkeys for 3 canned messages that are only active in SpeedGrader, but you could easily tweak it to add more. (Off-topic, but I also used it to speed up creating Outcomes with non-default scoring configurations, which was a hit at my school.)
I would select some comment text and then use Shift+Ctrl+1, Shift+Ctrl+2, or Shift+Ctrl+3 to copy the current selection a comment.
Then use Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, or Ctrl+3 to insert the corresponding comment on other submissions (like pasting).
This should also work in document annotation inside SpeedGrader, but I haven't tested it.
Here's the macro file.
If anyone's interested, I can write more detailed instructions.
I think allowing for this in the gradebook setting would be helpful as well. I would also like to create my own comments and then save them for future use (like you can in the rubrics, but for comments as well).
Lisa Martino's Add a Text Expander Tool would cover your use case, the one from this thread, and another that I have proposed.
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