My skill with drawing using a mouse in Docviewer is rather lackluster. So my thought is a palette of predefined images would be ever so helpful. A question mark, green check mark, new paragraph, etc. would be rather useful. Any interest?
You mean like stickers? As long as they had accessible tags for screenreaders, I'd use them!
Another way to do it would be to enable autocorrect, using the same autocorrect shortcuts that packages like LibreOffice use; for example typing :check mark: produces a tick symbol, and there are many others. Also allowing us to make selected parts bold or underlined would be a great help. I'll also post these in Canvas Studio.
Our tutors use a lot of tick marks, and most look a bit wonky, given that they are using a mouse. I know that many would appreciate a built in tick mark.
Thanks for all the input here.
Keep it coming! We want to hear all those "out of the box" icons and images that are most important to you!
A friend sent me a short list -
I will add:
I would also like to see a default set of comments and/or an area to add comments that I frequently use so that I do not have to type them in every time. I use Typeitin at work but have a Mac at home for grading and Typeitin doesn't work on a Mac. I thought I saw this feature idea at one time. Anyone able to point me to that one to check on the status?
Carey, you'll find that idea at Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader/DocViewer ; at this writing, it's open for voting and in Product Radar status. You might want to add feedback to that idea and "follow" it so you'll receive updates on its progress as they are posted.
Stefanie Sanders Thank you! I am now following it but it doesn't look like there has been much progress recently. Fingers crossed for soon!
I would use a big fat obvious arrow. Love the tick mark idea.
A set of defaults would be awesome. But I would also want to have the ability to draw my own "stamps" and save them for future use. For example, I often draw an "extra space dragon" (it looks a bit like Trogdor) if students accidentally include a blank page at the end of a document. I can't imagine many other people want my dragon, but it would be nice if I didn't have to re-draw it every time (I'm not sure how much the students care if they get an original).
Likewise, I don't mind drawing my own check, question mark, carat, triple underscore, chicken, etc., if I only have to do it once.
I love the dragon idea! I'm an admin, not a teacher, but if I marked assignments I'd definitely want to use a dragon.
In the meantime, I find that on my Mac the keyboard shortcut Alt-V inserts a check mark in Text and Point Comments and in the Assignment Comments field of SpeedGrader as well.
There are a whole bunch of rather standard proofreading and editing symbols. Including support for these in Speedgrader (or any grading app) seems to be a no-brainer to me. Please add such support. Here is an example of what I'm writing about (see "page 1" of this): https://www.edu.uwo.ca/graduate-education/lead_ta/legacy_project_2014/documents/proofreading_and_editing.pdf
I would definitely use stickers like check marks, +, -, to give quick feedback instead of lengthy comments on every part of an assignment. Great idea!
I'd want fun stickers too with pictures (like my scratch and sniff that I normally use on paper copies of work). It's a nice way to motivate students when they are doing well or showing improvement.
Other marking tools would be helpful too.
A sticker/icon-chooser within the Canvas RCE would be great! Our school district uses CidiLabs for accelerated course design work, from which this screen shot was taken. Implementing a sticker library that is searchable by description tags would increase its utility immeasurably.
Or a smiley face :-) But not like that.
Please Canvas. I need this now to save myself a heap of time and make sure students know when they've done something right.
I was search under wrong keywords! Yes please..
We have certain subjects, like Accounting, that has grid formatted answers, like a balance sheet, or some accounting journals. Marking typically is done by ticks and/or crosses. Comments in these cases aren't as useful, nor a rubric is as helpful.
I can think of other subjects where this would be very useful as well, like economics, mathematics, statistics and more!
As you can see, that's not easy to do on Speedgrader and drawing on a mouse is not ideal nor good for the wrist!
I only have a blank script here, imagine I could just click on the stamp or symbol I wanted, then click anywhere on the script to indicate some feedback (via the ticks and crosses) for each part.
This feature is so critical for my marking (worked well in Crowd Mark) that I don't see the point in using this Canvas feature without it. My course has over 1,000 students a year, and the type of tests/exams we create do not lend themselves to drawing with a mouse. What we need are check marks and exes.
Grading assignments is generally not a teacher's favorite part of their job. However, one of the benefits of giving a paper assignment is you can put fun stickers on it! I propose the ability to put virtual stickers or gifs on student work or in the comments in SpeedGrader. This will be more exciting and enticing for the students to check their assignments online and the positivity of giving stickers is good for the morale of both students and teachers.
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