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DanaeEdsall
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Quick Question - annotations

Hello,

  I am struggling with annotating student submissions. I'm currently learning about SpeedGrader, and I read the help site that said that the annotations tool bar does not come up with text-only entries. However, I teach a foreign language, and often the homework assignments or assessments I give require me to give a large amount of individual annotated comments. How can I annotate a student's work if they submit a text entry? Is it impossible -- do I need to only permit the file upload option (i.e., PDF or .doc)?

Thank you for your assistance -- please let me know if I can clarify anything. 

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DanaeEdsall
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As an additional question, I've now tried to grade and annotate a test student submission that is a Word.doc, and there is still no annotation tool bar. Thank you for your help!

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@DanaeEdsall ...

It seems to me that having your students submit a Word document or a PDF would be a better way to go rather than have them submit a text document.  You certainly could limit the types of files that your students could submit to you.  For example, you might limit it to a PDF and a DOCX file (*.doc files like you've mentioned in your original question are the old file extensions for Microsoft Word documents).  In this Guide, How do I create an online assignment? - Instructure Community (canvaslms.com), there is a section on "Restrict File Types" that shows you examples on how you can specify certain file extensions that you will only accept.  For example, you could type in:

docx,pdf

I hope this helps a bit.  Sing out if you have any other questions.

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@DanaeEdsall wrote:

As an additional question, I've now tried to grade and annotate a test student submission that is a Word.doc, and there is still no annotation tool bar. Thank you for your help!


@DanaeEdsall ...

Not saying this is the issue (as *.doc files should work), but have you tried asking your students to submit as a *.docx file or a *.pdf file?

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