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Ability to move through all assignments for one student in speedgrader

Ability to move through all assignments for one student in speedgrader

As I am looking at the speedgrader assignments, one feature that would be great would be that instead of per assignment, moving from student to student, but by student, moving from assignment to assignment. I am probably not the only one who has thought of a need to pick one student and then review their first assignment, second, third, etc. as teachers do that sometimes when they have to create a final grade. Right now, I have to back up each time to speedgrader to pick the next assignment and reopen speedgrader again.
Surveyor II

As long as we are asking for the ability to advance form one assignment to the next, adding that functionality after clicking on a single student's name so that teachers could advance to view the next student's 'grade summary' would be super helpful especially at the end of grading periods. 

Community Member

Being able to change assignment within speedgrader would be helpful – graders can move through the students for one assignment but in order to switch assignments, they have to go back to the gradebook and relaunch speedgrader from that column.  Having a dropdown at the upper left where the assignment is displayed would be helpful.

Learner II

Just got this request from a faculty. There are 5 related assignments that she wants to grade as a progression of thought by student. It seems like a reasonable request and could have a lot of applications.

Community Member

This is a perfect suggestion.  I asked my IT department and fellow Canvas helpmates if there was such a way to do just this and the answer was "no".  This is much needed.  Thank you for getting the ball rolling on this.

- Leslie Taft, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA

Community Member


Community Member

It amazes me that this has been discussed for 5 years with no action!  Currently every teacher that uses Canvas is involved in DISTANT LEARNING with their students.  We all have students that may not have done anything for weeks.

They then decide to catch up and submit multiple assignments.  We are unable to go across the assignments for that student in speed grader.  Instead once we grade an assignment we must go back to the grade book find the student & the next assignment then go into speed grader again.

It was quite difficult to find this post.  I promise if all teachers knew about this discussion everyone of them would be voting YES PLEASE!!

This should be a fairly easy change and I hope someone realizes how helpful and time saving this would be for teachers and make this a priority.  My dream would be to have this fixed tomorrow . There is still 1 month and possibly more of Distant Learning and every teacher would love & appreciate this update.

Please & Thank you.

Community Member


They have ignored this basic functionality for far more than five years!

I was one of several who immediately asked for this functionality when Canvas was first launched. This is basic functionality that the established LMS platforms at the time of Canvas' launch already had. This and many other basic functions of the established LMS platforms were missing from Canvas at its initial launch, and the Canvas people refused to say why. This was supposed to be the ultimate LMS yet it was absolutely terrible at launch, lacking so many basic features. It was taken years for the Canvas people to incorporate many things that should have been there from the beginning, and they are still ignoring this one.

Learner II

 @lisa_cameron ‌: while it doesn't solve your issue as well as this feature request would, the fastest way I've found to grade everything for a student who turns in assignments in a big lump is to go to the "Teacher Activity" page for the course, which at least sorts by student and links to each submitted but not yet graded assignment for that student.

Here's how to find that report: 

Community Member

I would love to be able to stay in Speed Grader when grading all of a student's work. Currently we must leave speed grader, look at the next assignment and open speed grader again.

I can speed grade vertically through students on a single assignment, but I would like to move horizontally to speed grade a single student's assignments.

I have 400 students in my largest Canvas course and am grading students as they complete the entire course in this self-paced class. It would make it considerable quicker if I could click within speed grader to the student's next assignment.

Thank you!

Community Member

I totally agree with the post above!  There is no excuse for not creating this feature - how can they ignore our pleas??? Especially now at this difficult time. 

Community Member

This feature would be great to quickly review a student's work with them for a grading term. As well as updating grades for a chunk of assignments for one student. Please make this a feature.


I would hope that this idea could be implemented not just for one student, but for an entire class - so instead of having to switch between students AND assignments, I could simply grade (all) assignments from any student in the order they were received, especially when we have moved to online instruction where I get one to two assignments a day from assignments earlier in our marking period.  I'd love to prioritize students who got their work in last week rather than the one who submitted an earlier assignment. 

So if this could be not just "one student" (which I think would definitely be helpful!) but all students, with one student as an option - that would be optimal!  

It might actually be cool, too, using the grading on the mobile teacher app to flip through.  Give my mind a break from grading essay after essay.  

Community Member

Whenever I teach a course that involves grading drafts of papers, I need to be able to flip between drafts to truly understand a student's progress. This feature would greatly improve my ability to do this type of grading. Like others, I have been opening multiple browser tabs to allow me to have multiple assignments open for a single student. This is highly inefficient.

Community Member

This is a GREAT idea!!! Yet, the voting has been going on for 5 years. Is this even something you are still considering? If so, how long does it actually take you to add new features? I am shocked and honestly, quite disappointed by the fact that this feature has been considered for 5 years and nobody on the Canvas design team has done something about it. If I had the choice, I would NEVER use this software. It is cumbersome and not intuitive at all. I have used other LMS and most of them are garbage. And not only can I not look at a series of assignments submitted by a single student, but after 5 years of considering this, Canvas hasn't made a single change to this. How disappointing. I would hope you would have a better work-flow than this. But I guess I can't expect much from such a poorly developed LMS. Shame on you, honestly. I am really shocked by this! I know I have said that mulitple times, but seriously, wow....As I said, I am not a big fan of Canvas...this just moves Canvas to the very bottom of the list of LMS's to use. Unfortunately I am not the one who makes these choices. Its a good thing for your company that the teachers don't actually make this decision, because I don't know any teacher that likes using Canvas.

Community Member

Delanie -- YES! You captured my sentiments beautifully. When Canvas was launched and the entire state of Utah was cast as its first guinea pigs, this functionality (I don't even consider it a feature) was among the first things I noticed missing. The LMS overall sucked, and all the apologists around me frowned at my candor about it. They slowly -- painfully slowly -- added functionality that should have been there at launch, and, as you point out, the hodge-podge, random, lack of big-picture thinking kept it a cumbersome, unintuitive platform to be forced to use. Yes, as you also point out, we are forced to use it. We have no vote. Bureaucrats make the decision and we have to suffer with it. Given that this company was founded by a couple of BYU grads, I have often wondered whether the Utah statewide adoption of such an unspectacular, under-developed product was achieved via some special relationships and/or considerations between parties. The company certainly did absolutely nothing to earn the contract, and their unresponsive demeanor has done nothing to earn this captive end-user's respect.

Community Member

My current workflow requires that I open multiple speedgrader tabs to access and view multiple assignment submissions by the same student, in order to have a fully-informed discussion with my student and come to a holistic grade.


It would be nice if all of this could be done from one tab. If only I could access the same user's submissions from one speedgrader tab. The circle in the image below would be the perfect location for a dropdown, I would imagine.




PS: I can only hope it will be implemented soon....


Given the current remote environment, when students turn in a bunch of late work at a time it takes me about 30 minutes to scroll through assignments because of loading time, and having to go between devices to make comments... If we still have remote learning next year this features would save teachers SO MANY HOURS OF WASTED TIME!!!

Learner II

I agree. I would also like to sort through assignments in Speed Grader. It would allow me to work efficiently and not have to open a million tabs to do grading from the to-do list.

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Yes, please! There is way too much clicking involved in navigating Speedgrader. I would love to be able to move between assignments without exiting Speedgrader. 


Canvas is such a strong classroom tool that has grown so much except for this intuitive type of navigation.  When a student decides to turn in 5 (sometimes 20) assignments at one time, it takes longer to grade those than it does to grade a single assignment for 90 students. We just need a toggle switch to speedgrader one single assignment for everyone OR every assignment for one student.  Or another set of arrows that navigate from one assignment to the next for a single student.