I would like to release comments on an assignment submission before releasing the grade, how do I do this?
It sounds like you're talking about muting an assignment and have discovered what the Canvas Guides say in How do I mute or unmute an assignment in SpeedGrader? and How do I mute or unmute an assignment in the Gradebook?
Those guides say that students will not be able to see: their grade for the assignment, grade change notifications, submission comments, curving assignments, or score change notifications.
If you want them to see submission comments, you will need to enter the comments and grades separately. What I would do is go through and leave all the submission comments with the assignment unmuted. The students will get these submission comments.
Then I would go through and enter the grades at the point I wanted the students to see them. Another option would be to enter all the submission comments, then mute the assignment, enter the grades, and then unmute the assignments when you're ready for the students to see them.
One technique I've used in the past is to enter the grades into a spreadsheet as I leave the comments so I know what the grades are going to be. This way students can see the comments and I can review the grades before putting them into Canvas to see if I was harder at the beginning of the grading than I was at the end or just double check to ensure overall fairness.
If you want to do this, then you can go to the gradebook and choose to export the grades. Then you can enter the grades directly into the spreadsheet as you leave the submission comments in Canvas. Then when you're ready to upload the grades, you can import the spreadsheet back into Canvas. This is also explained in the Canvas Guides in How do I download grades from the Gradebook? and How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
My classes are usually small with under 50 students and the time that I might use muting is a group project and the gradebook doesn't contain the information needed to tell me who is in what group. I normally just keep the grades in a spreadsheet and then manually type them into Canvas. If I had a larger class and wasn't using groups, the export / change / import approach would definitely be a consideration.
Hi thanks for your reply! But no, that's not what I meant. (Though I really do wish we could unmute assignments class by class - but I'm told that is not possible)
When an assignment is muted, I would like to release just my comments BEFORE I release the letter grade. I would like the students to read the feedback before seeing the letter grade. I really think this would be much more beneficial for their learning. Currently I have to copy and paste my comment into an email/other communication first, and then unmute the assignment. (when all teachers of all classes are ready)
No, you can't release comments and then grades unless you do it separately as you indicated you've been doing or do as James suggests and put the comments on the (unmuted) assignment and not out the grades on until later.
You didn't mention about class by class or waiting until teachers of all classes are ready in your original question. If that portion is relevant, you might want to provide more explanation so we can understand.
Your approach of sending the communication through an email has a downside: it is no longer tied to that assignment. Submission comments are meant to be used to make comments about a submission. They create a communication trail. They make it easier for the teacher and the student to see everything that's been said about that particular assignment. Students have trouble associating the email comments with the specific assignment, especially if they're going back after they see their grade on it. Administrators have trouble tracking down the conversation if it comes to a situation where the teacher says she said one thing and the student says something else. It's all there in one place. A student can't delete submission comments (a teacher can), while a student could delete the message from their inbox and then say "I never got it." It makes it easier to determine how engaged a student or a teacher is in the course by looking at analytics and Canvas Data. It's just generally a bad idea to use email communication for this purpose.
If you're not talking about submission comments, the other way of leaving feedback to students that is specific to an assignment is to mark up the document itself. This was done using Crocodoc, but by June 24, 2017, everyone will be switched over to the new DocViewer: Insights: Canvas DocViewer. The same issue about seeing feedback without seeing a grade applies here as well.
If you want students to see the feedback about the assignment before they see their grades, then you need to provide the feedback before you enter the grades. If you want the comments to all be released at exactly the same time, then mute the assignment while you enter the comments and then unmute it when done. After the comments have been released, then you can enter the grades (muted or unmuted).
There is no ability to release just the comments.
If you feel this is an important feature, you may want to look into feature ideas. Go to Canvas Studio and follow the process on the right side that begins with search and submit ideas. You may find that someone else has already asked for a similar feature or you may decide it takes a brand new feature idea.
Hi there, Sally Frith ...
I noticed that it's been over two months since there's been any new activity in this Discussion topic, so I thought that I would check in with you. Have you had a chance to read through all the responses from Kona Jones and James Jones? If so, did any of those responses ultimately help to answer your question? Or, are do you have any outstanding questions as it relates to your initial question? If you feel that one of the above replies is "Correct", please feel free to mark it as such. However, if you are still looking for some help, please post a message below so that members of the Canvas Community can continue to help you out. For now, since we've not had any new activity in this topic for quite a while, I'm going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered", but that won't prevent you or others from posting additional questions/comments below. I hope that's okay with you, Sally. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
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