Some of my students use their phones to upload pictures of their assignments and I would like to add comments to them, just as I can for .pdf files. It doesn't appear that Canvas knows how to open a .jpg file as a .pdf file. Is there a workaround?
Hi Thomas Hagedorn -
This is a great question! I love annotating on top of my students' artwork, and I have required .pdf submissions for a while. When Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-06-02) announced that Ability to write on image files in SpeedGrader was complete, I was ecstatic because I thought it would transfer over to the Canvas Teacher app.
While the .jpg image is resized to fit the window, the annotation tools are not available as they are with .jpgs. Right now, my suggestion is to show your students a few PDF Scanner apps (I use GeniusScan with mine) and limit the assignment submission type to only accept .pdfs. (How do I add or edit details in an assignment?)
I also thought that the latest release of Canvas was going to allow my students to submit jpeg files that I could annotate using the Canvas Teacher app. Is this a feature that will be added?
As a workaround, I have my students use CamScanner to create a pdf file to upload, but it would be great if they could simply use the Canvas app rather than CamScanner and the Canvas app to submit their homework.
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