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A Place to Store Sample Feedback for Essay Questions

A Place to Store Sample Feedback for Essay Questions

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

  

It would be wonderful if you were able to store sample feedback for essay questions.  I would like to be able to drag and drop or copy and paste the sample feedback right into the "Add a Comment" box.  Ideally I would enter this sample feedback when I write the essay question.  I would not want this to be something that the students could view unless I copy it into the "Add a Comment" box.  I would also like to  have all of the features of the Rich Content Editor for the sample feedback I write.

 

Thank you so much!

 

Comments from Instructure

This idea was completed with general availability of Quizzes.Next.  You can find more information about the overall project in the Quizzes.Next User Group.‌

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37 Comments
april-williams
Community Member

YES this would be AWESOME!

april-williams
Community Member

How do you VOTE for this? I dont see a place to do so anywhere...

jfarris
Surveyor

Thanks for checking out my suggestion!  Make sure to come back and vote on January 6th!  Thank you for your support! Smiley Happy

jfarris
Surveyor

They open the voting for new ideas the first Wednesday of every month so we have to wait until January.  I will remind our staff to vote when it opens.  Smiley Happy Thanks again!

biray
Adventurer III

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. January 6, 2016 - Wed. April 6, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

jordan
Community Member

Hello  @jfarris ​ and welcome to the community and thanks for the DM! I love your suggestion here! This would save so much time for teachers.

We currently have this feature idea " modifiedtitle="true" title="Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader/...​ which seems to be the same thing as what you are requesting. That idea has already been up for vote and has quite a bit of traction.

We try to avoid duplicate feature ideas so that we can channel all votes, and discussion about a particular feature to one, single thread. I would recommend that you copy + paste and add any additional comments to that existing feature idea and articulate the things that are important to you, if we were to build that feature. Would you be okay with us archiving this idea as a duplicate so that we can get everyone to rally behind that existing feature idea - ?

jfarris
Surveyor

Hi Jordan!

Thank you so much for your comment!  My idea is specifically about essay questions in a quiz which I believe would be a different place to store feedback than in the Speed Grader. Thank you for sharing " modifiedtitle="true" title="Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader/...

This sounds like a great idea a well! 

Smiley Happy Jessica

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

I like this idea (and have voted for it) because I like its ability to provide better grading consistency, and to provide examples to students. However, I am not too sure how this could be accomplished within the limited coding real estate in SpeedGrader which is a third-party tool.

There are several work-arounds that I would employ in the meantime:

  • Detailed grading rubrics with example text incorporated into the criteria and the ratings.
  • A separate page of examples that precedes the quiz in a module,
  • Examples incorporated into the instructions in the quiz itself,
  • A text-only question that precedes the essay question in the test.

I hope these help. I actually use some of these myself.

klm

jordan
Community Member

Ahh... thank you for the clarification Jessica! Now I can see your feature idea is unique as it is focused specifically on essay questions in quizzes.

I can see that you've posted over on that other thread, which is great! You've got my vote, here!

jordan
Community Member

Great solutions with the Canvas tools that are available today!

I was going to suggest another option, outside of Canvas. Of course you could use a word doc or something to house your comments and copy+paste. But I'm thinking more about a text shortcut tool like aText, the one I use every day (one of my favorite mac apps!)​  Or this seems to be a popular PC alternative - http://www.phraseexpander.com/

Here's a great site to see alternative software options across platforms - http://alternativeto.net/software/atext/

So with aText what I do is simply type in my text statement and give them a simple shortcut key combination that I can use in any app on my computer, including web browsers and Canvas, to be specific.

For example if I want to place some Lorem Ipsum on something I'm designing I simply type "baconip" and the following text is placed where my cursor was:

Bacon ipsum dolor amet tenderloin tail spare ribs drumstick pork chop. Ball tip brisket meatloaf ham hock. Kielbasa short loin short ribs leberkas brisket. Boudin tri-tip ground round, jowl cow beef ribs pork chop.

Cow tail pork loin meatloaf. Ham hock pig bresaola shankle doner hamburger. Shank hamburger leberkas drumstick picanha, short loin pork belly doner jerky meatloaf landjaeger biltong tenderloin shankle sirloin. Drumstick ham hock pork chop chuck sirloin. Ham hock alcatra pork belly cow pig short ribs, fatback tongue capicola sirloin hamburger ball tip brisket jerky. Short ribs fatback tenderloin meatloaf filet mignon brisket prosciutto pork belly chicken frankfurter shankle.

Sausage cupim pork belly tri-tip jerky. Filet mignon drumstick swine biltong. Strip steak rump cupim corned beef. Biltong short ribs frankfurter, turkey pig swine ham bacon rump sirloin jowl pork belly turducken ground round ham hock.

T-bone landjaeger cow doner swine capicola jerky kielbasa. Hamburger spare ribs venison, ground round chuck pork chop landjaeger pancetta. Kevin pork chop short ribs landjaeger pig beef ribs shoulder meatloaf pork belly turducken capicola kielbasa filet mignon tenderloin. Doner landjaeger boudin, ham pork loin pig bresaola cow tail swine bacon tri-tip porchetta frankfurter flank.

Sausage drumstick landjaeger meatloaf, andouille doner filet mignon salami turducken porchetta tri-tip.

Hopefully one of these external options or the ones that Kelley suggested can be helpful for you in the interim  @jfarris ​ et al!

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Jordan:

I used to use a free app called TypeItIn from WavGet, and loved it. But now they want me to pay for it so I stopped. I do like this kind of tool though, because in many cases I end up saying the same things over and over again - I guess I must not have much of an imagination.:smileysilly:

klm

snugent
Lamplighter II

In addition to  @kmeeusen ​'s suggestions, you can modify the rubric options so it will save comments. I discovered this option by accident when helping an instructor who had configured her rubrics this way. The downside to this workaround is that it doesn't work with rating categories.

Edit the rubric and be sure to check the option, I'll write free-form comments when assessing students. Update the rubric.

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In the speedgrader with the rubric open you can save comments. It would be awesome to have this option with ratings as well.

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kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Great catch Susan! I had forgotten that one. Most likely because I do not personally use the Canvas Rubrics that way. Funny thing though; I teach my faculty that they can be used that way - ah, the joys of old age.

awilliams
Surveyor

Hey  @jfarris 

"I would also like to  have all of the features of the Rich Content Editor for the sample feedback I write."

The ability to use the RCE in quiz question answer comments has been developed into Canvas so I think that addresses the second part of your request.

It would be wonderful if you were able to store sample feedback for essay questions.  I would like to be able to drag and drop or copy and paste the sample feedback right into the "Add a Comment" box.

Since you can use the RCE in those comments, I believe this provides a method to accomplish what you're after in the first part of your request. Here's what jumps out at me:

1. Create a small text file that has the feedback you wish to give to students for that question. It could be docx, txt, pdf, whatever you prefer that Crocodoc can display.

What document types does Canvas convert using the document previewer?

2. Upload these files and if desired restrict the ability to view these files as needed.

How do I restrict files and folders to students in Canvas?

3. Now edit your quiz questions and insert these files into the correct comment boxes for the correct questions.

How do I insert course files into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector? 

Alternatively, you could do step 1 & 2 directly from the quiz using the content selector to upload a new file. Here's a screenshot of what this would look like to students after the click the preview icon:

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I hope this helps. Please let me know if I misunderstood something.

jfarris
Surveyor

awilliams I really appreciate your suggestion!  That sounds like it may be very helpful for the time being.  My feature idea is still different from your way of sharing feedback.  With my idea you wouldn't have to make separate text files for all of your different feedback.  I teach 14 classes and have multiple essay questions each week for each course.  That is a lot of different text files.  I want the feedback to be stored right there with the question.  For example, I would have 3 different sample responses that go specifically with that question.  Then, I could just drag and drop the comment that best fits their response.  I could also add to or modify the sample feedback. 

snugent
Lamplighter II

This thread got me thinking of  @dhulsey ​'s InstructureCon 2014 presentation about clipboard managers . It probably won't be as elegant solution as you want but this might work.

jfarris
Surveyor

Thank you Susan!  Dallas shared this video with me as well.  This is another great place to store feedback!

Thanks for checking out my idea! Smiley Happy

ross-brown
Community Member

Hope you get this Jessica,

Ross

kelli_ritter
Community Member

I think we are wanting the same thing.  See my suggestion:  https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/3377

jfarris
Surveyor

Hi Kelli,

Thank you for your comment.  I just want to make sure that I fully understand your idea. 

In your idea could you store a few feedback options with the correct answer which would be hidden from the students?

Also, would you be able to drag and drop from the "solution" into the comments and then modify the feedback?

Thanks!

Jessica