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Add rich-content editor to Conversations

Add rich-content editor to Conversations

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As a user, I would like to be able to use the rich-content editor to compose messages in the Conversations inbox. This would enable me to create Conversations that are on par, formatting- and content-wise, with Announcements. (Students seem to read Conversations messages more diligently than Announcements.)

 

transferred from the old Community

Originally posted by: Mia Nolan

Special thanks for contributions by: Stefanie Sanders

178 Comments
kperez108
Community Participant

I will also point out, the lack of Rich Text Editing when emailing students is NOT ADA-compliant. If I student was using an eReader, this has severely impacted their ability to read it. 

No ADAada compliance‌

pallen5
Community Member

I just voted this up, as I just realized that ALL THE FORMATTING I painstakingly put into messages to my students to give them feedback on computer programming source code was completely removed, and we are just talking about space characters.  OH MY GOD, just put <pre> tags in your html for God's sake!!!!  

I am finding Canvas to be completely useless as a feedback system for my courses.

oozturk
Community Member

We need this more than ever now in a COVID-19 Era of non-stop remote learning. Come on Canvas!

s_thornhill
Community Member

I'm with Paul Allen above ... we've been using Blackboard for 15 years her in Cork, Ireland and all our Excel grading systems are geared up to cut and paste into feedback forms to individual students and that system has worked very well. We can no longer do o with Canvas and had to put out a message out to students on how to decipher the scrambled feedback and then deal with all the feedback from students who couldnt decipher it! What a waste of time. Canvas please just add this very basic function as all your competitors already have it!

smaranzana
Community Member

It is important to have the editor in order to emphasize important parts of our communication.

liz_wright
Community Member

Since we are doing Distance Learning -- this feature would be critical because our communication is limited to written emails and the weekly Google Meet.  The only work-around is to create a message in another program (Canva,etc) and add as an attachment.  Adding a rich content editor would make a would of difference!!

FacultyMG
Community Member

Agreed.

Formatting (bold, italics, lists) would improve readability significantly.

Even this comment tool has a rich text editor.

cgifford1
Community Member

Yes!  I would love to have the rich content editor for Canvas Inbox!!

jkokladas
Community Member

It would be great to have a more robust editing tool for the Inbox (even just the simple tools this interface is showing me for this text entry).  Just a smidge of the features of the RCO and basic email like hyperlinking text, making things bold/colored, adding an image within the text.  We want teachers to use the inbox as their main communication tool but it is too limited at this time.

judd_curran
Community Member

Text-editing tools are essential when composing a message to more effectively communicate emphasis and importance.  Yet, the Canvas Conversations Inbox tool omits basic text editing features.  We can use these tools when creating a post like this one.  I even have the ability to embed an image in this post to further articulate what I'm referring to...

Illustration of the text-editing toolbar.Illustration of the text-editing toolbar.

We need a basic text-editing toolbar added to the Canvas Conversations Inbox tool so that messages composed within Canvas can include bold, italics, etc.

 

ClaireDeMarco
Community Member

The Inbox messages in Canvas should have more features. Primarily, the ability to add links seems necessary in order to be able to direct students to particular assignments, pages, or files. Other features usually available in the rich content editor should be added to messages, such as being able to insert a table.

 

I'm a middle school teacher and I would like to be able to send my students personalized monthly grade updates. If I were able to insert a table, I could show students all of their assignments and what they scored. Then, if the assignment names actually hyperlinked to the assignments, students would easily be able to re-do or make up assignments that they failed.

 

Thank you for considering.

KS10
Community Member

I agree! Rich Content Editor would be so helpful in Canvas Messaging. Especially text formatting (bold, italics, color, etc.) AND the ability to hyperlink!

klatour
Community Member

I was just thinking about this, and now I see this has been an idea for 5 years and nothing has been done? We can't even add italics to emphasize words in email messages, let alone embed images. This should be upgraded!

judd_curran
Community Member

Hi Klatour,

     Exactly!  This is the insanity of the failed Instructure approach to solving problems in Canvas.  Sure, have the users direct improvements.  But, where's the team of developers within Instructure that can logically recognize obvious fixes and implement them right away.  The notion that we have to wait for enough community activity before action is taken can result in critical fixes not being addressed for years simply because the users have no time to spend monitoring and contributing to Canvas development.  It is only out of desperation when something isn't working that a post is made generally speaking for most users.

Ugh!

Judd

hutchinsd
Community Member

PLEASE make course links a part of composing a message in the Inbox.  Many times (especially now when have of my students are remote) my messages are students asking where to find something or what they need is already on a page or file in their course.  But I can't just link to theme were to go or what they need.  Instead I spend much to long taking screen shots to show them where to go.

 

Please add linking ability (like what is in announcements) to the messages in Inbox.

cgifford1
Community Member

The enhanced RCE would benefit our instructors greatly when communicating with their students.  Please add this feature.  We want our instructors to use Inbox as opposed to personal or institution email accounts.  We want the record to be kept on Canvas, not in someone's email that may or may not be accessible down the road.

Thanks!

kikimax
Community Member

WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU GUYS TO COME ALONG TO THE 21st CENTURY AND IMPLEMENT A RICH TEXT EDITOR WITH AND FOR THE INBOX EMAIL COMMUNICATOR?

It's cannot be THAT complicated! Blackboard Communicator offers and has been offering for quite a while the same formatting features for both, Announcements AND the Email communicator. Your "Inbox" system is only offering ASCII option. WHY? Why wouldn't you offer the Rich Text editor to both, since they are running on the same platform and environment? It is a simple matter of installing a Javascript Rich Editor module with the Inbox and does not require a Rocket Science degree.

Did it occur to any of you that sometimes, we as instructors would like to highlight and make things stand out when we contact our students communities?

Signed,

A Tech-Savvy and Disgruntled Professor

kikimax
Community Member

It cannot be THAT complicated! Blackboard Communicator offers and has been offering for quite a while the same formatting features for both, Announcements AND the Email communicator. Your "Inbox" system is only offering ASCII option. WHY? Why wouldn't you offer the Rich Text editor to both, since they are running on the same platform and environment? It is a simple matter of installing a Javascript Rich Editor module with the Inbox and that, I know for a fact, does not require a Rocket Science degree. I am surprised by your lack of "in-touch" with your users and their requirements.

jbrunner
Community Member

Oh my yes! Our district just began using Canvas and I would really like to have that rich content editor feature available in the email section.

michael_deschry
Community Member

This is basic stuff!!! Please Canvas, do your job and implement RCE for the Inbox!!!