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Allow HTML in Assignment Comments

Allow HTML in Assignment Comments

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In providing feedback to students in the Assignment Comments area of an assignment, I often provide URLs to students.  Currently, the comments area is text only so students cannot click on the URL to go to the website.  Instead, they need to manually copy and paste the URL to make it work.  It would be nice to have some HTML functionality here.
52 Comments
Hildi_Pardo
Community Advocate
Community Advocate

I'd like to add that when a link is added in comments, our elementary and middle school students (who only have iPads) can't even select the URL in order to copy and paste.   So having the URL become active on the iPads Student App is also necessary.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

 

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

alan_ng
Community Member

I absolutely 100% need some kind of formatting (and clickable links) in comments, especially SpeedGrader annotations. I teach German and use an OER online textbook.

sesams
Community Member

PLEEEASE.

alan_ng
Community Member

Everyone who likes this idea should be aware that Canvas considers this idea separate from the similar ideahttps://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13334-make-links-in-speedgrader-comments-clickable - you may want to vote for that one, too!

dittoa
Community Member

Please make this a possibility! Not being able to copy/paste tables is doubling my grading time.

Nancy_Webb_CCSF
Community Champion

Having html/rich text for all comments, including additional comments on individual quiz questions would be preferred.

Currently when writing individual comments on a quiz question, it appears as if line breaks are working, but when the student views the comment all text is strung together.  It's an unhappy surprise to new teachers who've gone to all the work of writing detailed comments.  This behavior is different from assignment comments  - but having html comments should fix it.

ashbyd
Community Member

Perhaps the biggest reason for this is to be able to send students to external resources that can assist in remediation. I need to be able to send my students to websites, videos, etc that can explain to students better than I can in plain text, how to fix the problems I've seen in their work. 

carl_putnam
Community Member

The ability to direct students to campus resources is an important component in the classes my department teaches. Instructors should be able to include hyperlinks in the comments to give students easy access to said resources. 

hardinm
Community Contributor

I echo all of the concerns. We use Annotate Pro to use canned comments, and they all include live URLs as resources. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do this! iPads cannot copy and paste these links.

schw0262
Community Member

Just wanted to keep this thread alive, in the hopes that this gets done.  Having the ability to create live links in comment fields would be especially helpful with my pre-service educator students (all of whom are possible future Canvas customers) since I stress the need for them to post live links in assignments and with their own students.

david_mcrae
Community Member

After grading an assignment, the comment is a nice way to share a completed solution.  I would prefer to link to a pdf that is stored in a shared drive, then attaching a file to each student after I have graded their work.  Heaven forbid, I every type an error into a solution page, correction in one place that is linked to each student would be much less work than correcting every comment.  My current option is to use shortened links to the file in a shared drive, but students have to cut and paste the link.  A hyperlink would be ideal.  

ashbyd
Community Member

I have been pasting URLs into my feedback comments and then tell students to copy and paste the URL on their own. This is a poor workaround for many reasons. This semester I learned that students who are using the mobile app cannot select/copy/paste text or URLs left in the comment box. 

Please, please, please prioritize and expedite this request. 

christopher_ca1
Community Member

Yes adding in Hyperlinks in Speedgrader Comments - throughout Canvas - seems so obviously important for any communications with Students - Hyperlinks in comments are even more essential now than years ago - I've upvoted this for several years: Canvas, we are calling out to you to help make this better for everyone! I see it's on "Product Radar": Ok good first step... now how can we encourage this to the next step?  

petern
Community Contributor

Some basic links and an image would be great.  Thinking about bitmojis here

jmichl
Community Member

I'm using the Screencastify add-in for Chrome to record my feedback. This allows me to run the computer code my students submit and talk over it. The video feature of Canvas grading doesn't work for me since I'm not trying to record my fact but rather the desktop. Screencastify provides me a Google link which I paste into the feedback. But this requires the student to click the link, load the file, etc. Screencastify also will give me embed code which is idea...IF Canvas would allow HTML feedback.

lsleddttown
Community Member

Just URLs, for starters, would be amazing. Very 2020. Like, maybe this YouTube vid will help- and it would be clickable! Imagine it.

chsgomez
Community Member

Please!!!! I depend on URLs to provide my students with re-teaching videos.  There is a HUGE difference between clicking on a rubric and actually providing feedback.  

KeaNepal
Community Member

Thank you so much for the worthy information 

clouds
Community Member

I see this thread has continued on for several years, yet I do not see any revision to the feature or a "vote" documented. It would be very helpful to allow for HTML links in Assignment Comments, just as we have available to us in Inbox communication and any other text feature (discussion post, announcements, etc.).  Assignment Comments is where I provide the majority of my personal feedback for students, and offer resources, including links to online sources-- students must copy and paste the URL from comments to browser to pursue that feedback.