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Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader/DocViewer

Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader/DocViewer

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through the  Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19).

We're aware that there are two parts to this idea. The "Speedgrader" piece of the request is complete; the idea remains open for DocViewer annotations comments.


It would be a great timesaver for writing instructors and anyone else making many of the same comments to students on assignments to save and store comments in SpeedGrader/Crocodoc DocViewer as one is able to do in Turnitin's Grademark feature. This feature would help SpeedGrader really live up to its name, too.

 

This has been a request since August 2012: Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Crocodoc : Help Center

178 Comments
joseph_acct
Community Member

My school moved to Canvas from BB, and I miss this ability greatly.

A_K_Dekker
Community Participant

Could this actually be happening? https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Roadmap/ct-p/roadmap --> June 2021 -->

Feedback Library

Allow instructors to store and reuse commonly used comments from a feedback library.

lhughes
Community Participant

For years, I've been creating my own feedback library in Word for each assignment.  It's not a way to get around custom comments (I do that) but a way to ensure that I don't forget to mention important (standard) points on everyone's work.  I would love it if Canvas had a built-in feedback library in Speedgrader.

steelea
Community Member

I LOVE this idea; I use it a lot in TurnitIn, and would love it in Speedgrader.

claudia_rachele
Community Member

We are desperate for this feature in the higher-education sector! June 2021 is looking bright...

john_erickson1
Community Participant

Yes! That way I wouldn't have to copy and paste comments from my Google doc. (It would make Speedgrader even Speedier).

jsailor
Instructure
Instructure

@A_K_Dekker, yes! What you see on the roadmap is this feature! Watch our upcoming release notes for more information. 

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: On Beta
 
Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team
Comments from Instructure

 

Comments can be added and saved for reuse within SpeedGrader. This change allows graders to save frequently used comments in SpeedGrader and be reused across multiple students and assignments. This fulfills the SpeedGrader aspect of this idea.

For more information, please read through the  Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19).

lnorth1
Community Member

SpeedGrader Comment Library is an excellent feature, fabulous to see it coming through next release!  I also love that the comment is then editable once inserted, so it can be personalised. 

Being able to add comments direct in-text from the comment library would be the ideal - we often have 15-20 short comments per document, and an overall comment in the main comment pane. Would love the flyout to be static while marking in-text, and able to insert into active comment.

And perhaps one day in the future, folders to enable filing and filtering abilities to show relevant groups of comments only.  #WishList!

KELLYEVANS
Community Member

I agree. I would like to have a bank of premade videos which give comments/suggestions for common errors students make and how to fix them. 

jddevlin
Community Member

This is a great addition for us, but we'd also like to be able to add comments from the comment library directly as in-text annotations via Docviewer.

I also see many of our teachers wanting to share (say via an export/import tool) or the 'Copy to' feature a particular comment library. To that end, a way to categorise a series of comments either for one course or another would be useful.

A_K_Dekker
Community Participant

I find it quite annoying that the 2021-06-19 release is being proposed as a fix for this issue while it blatantly ignores most of the proposed solution. All the comments in this idea conversation clearly suggest being able to reuse comments in the docviewer. The release is therefore absolutely not a solution for this idea that has been proposed 9(!) years ago!

lhughes
Community Participant

I am happy to see the SpeedGrader comment feature has been added.  That's a great start to solving the "paper comments problem."  But I agree with A_K_Dekker that we also need this comment library to be added to the DocViewer.  Grading papers is labor-intensive.  Having repeat feedback comments easily available in the DocViewer would lessen that labor.

Jeff_F
Community Champion

To improve the newly deployed reusable comment feature I'd like to suggest inclusion of a comment topic or folder system.  To illustrate, I currently use a tool called Typeitin and this enables me to group comments by topic.  Below are my comment groupings - 

  • APA essay - 60 comments 
  • Discussions - 40 comments
  • Specific assignments - 4 other comment groups each with about 20 comments per group

And enabling use within the DocViewer at some future time would be splendid as well.

 

ctr_amachsonca
Community Member

This would be appreciated by the faculty I work with

dcamilleri
Community Member

@Stefanie I can see that saving comments has been added. these comments can only be used in the summative comment box it seems. the auto suggestion is handy. is this correct? 

Can I use auto saved comments for in-text comments like annotate pro? this is the function that makes marking faster. while the new feature is useful it doesn't really resolve the issue discussed previously. I will still need a sperate document with in-text comments. 

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

Hi, @dcamilleri , we mention this in the idea description:

We're aware that there are two parts to this idea. The "Speedgrader" piece of the request is complete; the idea remains open for DocViewer annotations comments.