I have some concerns about the recent updates to the Canvas SpeedGrader functions. After grading one set of papers, I generally find it to be a less-functional tool than it was before.
Is anyone else experiencing these or other problems with the latest update? Is this the final form of the latest update, or are there still changes in the works?
mmalone and @shdeyerle , you'll definitely want to follow Canvas Release: Canvas DocViewer . DocViewer is a brand-new product that is being continuously enhanced and improved as we speak, as explained in Insights: Canvas DocViewer (you'll want to follow that blog post as well!). If you have suggestions for the tool, please refer to the https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-11159-canvas-community-feedback-guidelines for guidance on how to submit them.
I agree with all the comments here. The changes to SpeedGrader have added keystrokes to grading and made the process considerably more time-consuming. I, too, miss the functionality of double-clicking a word for strikeout and typing the correction above. Now there is an extra keystroke involved as well as a time-consuming mouse swipe to the right to find and click on the tool to comment.
As Steven mentioned, I, too, am considering using Word for my edits instead of using SpeedGrader, but that also adds time to my grading process. I hope these new issues are resolved quickly.
There are some things I like, but I agree with the others and add that to me the worst is the Point Annotation feature. If I don't save a comment by clicking the Selection button, the comment disappears. Students were also highly frustrated by this when they wanted to comment on each other's papers in peer editing.
I have still another comment. Sometimes when I've started grading I need to copy something to check outside the Speed Grader. In the old Speed Grader, I could turn off the tools (I don't remember how I did it, but I know that I could). Now, if I've already started using any of the grading tools, I don't see any way to get out of that mode, unless I close the paper and come back.
I've recently noticed that links I require in my student reference pages are live. However, the pointer tool is left on them after I click and I can't remove it. In fact, the pointer tool is very unstable. Sometimes I write a comment and it disappears as soon as I leave the box. Sometimes I end up with pointers where I didn't want them - to get rid of them, I have to very carefully target the trash can. And there is a black box with my name on it and the trash can that hangs around and gets in the way of reading text. Just one more tool that seems to have problems: the highlight tool makes a highlight that randomly gets much wider for part of the highlight, and someone else commented on the weird box that is created when you use some of the tools, and if there is something else wrong in that box, you can't mark it.
All in all, with a few exceptions, such as making the links work, I can't find much to like. I've already commented on the underline tool and now that I'm teaching my second summer session class, I've used the new Speed Grader enough to say that I hope that these issues can be fixed. The old Speed Grader definitely wasn't perfect, but this new version needs work.
I find that the tools just quit working 1/2 through an essay. I pick a tool (highlighter, etc) and it won't work. So I try another tool; it won't work either. Clicking around doesn't get me any tools to work. I have to go out of that essay, open another, then go back in order to get the tools to work. This happens about every other essay I grade.
I've noticed that is happening frequently as I grade. In order to get the highlighter to work, I have to switch to another essay and then come back--sometimes several times per essay. That is an incredible waste of time when I'm grading 20 essays.
And I'm having similar issues that others have mentioned: not being able to make other comments in the "box" created with a previous comment, point markers ending up in random places, highlighter marks changing sizes, and so on. And the new strike out tool that doesn't allow me to make the change directly over the word I've deleted is pretty much worthless. The idea should be to make our job less time consuming with electronic tools, not more difficult. I hope these issues will be resolved soon.
I've also had problems like this. Sometimes I click to create a comment box, start typing, and then it bounces me to another comment box. Also, I spent a great deal of time creating comments on my last essay only to have the occasional student say there was nothing there. When I looked again, there was only a colored teardrop to indicate there had been a comment there, but there was no comment box. I type fast too, so sometimes if I don't wait a few seconds before typing in a comment box, all the text disappears. Some of the changes are much better, but I agree that it's still too much clicking to strikethrough and then create a new box with an edited word above the old one, and the random jumpiness of the comments tool and others is causing problems still.
Teachers at our school have found the new doc viewer difficult to use, for the reasons discussed here. We've sent a list of 15 problems with doc viewer to our Canvas support team, and have been advised to submit tickets (with screen shots) for each of the issues. We were told that what the software team works on is influenced by the number of tickets submitted. So submit tickets! Here's the list: