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Allow Instructor Markup via DocViewer Even When Anonymous Peer Reviews Are Enabled

Allow Instructor Markup via DocViewer Even When Anonymous Peer Reviews Are Enabled


Instructors who select Anonymous Peer Reviews are not shown markup tools in Speedgrader - Doc Viewer.  The tools are disabled/hidden.  

Selecting Anonymous Peer Reviews for students to complete as part of an assignment should not result in a reduced set of grading tools for instructors.  Instructors should be allowed to use markup tools to provide feedback to students regardless of anonymous feedback from other students.  Students should be able to differentiate instructor markup from anonymous feedback; peer review and instructor grading are two separate activities.

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I understand how it works from the technology perspective, but it should not be that difficult to mask the reviewer's name AND allow annotations.  As an ESL instructor, peer reviews are basically useless if all they write is 1-2 sentences of global advice.  And even if the students can't, I should be able to annotate!  


At the very least, when "anonymous peer reviews" is checked, an alert to this effect should be displayed to the instructor.  I've already told my students that their work and reviews will be anonymous, and now I will have to backtrack.  

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Please allow both students and instructors to use tools to peer review even when anonymous. I agree wholeheartedly because this tool is valuable to help the student give more motivated feedback (they can point directly to the sentence they are referring to) and it also shows them how teacher's give feedback. 

New Member

This issue has been going on for years! Please allow maximum functionality and access to support on student work by allowing annotations on peer-reviewed assignments. The annotation tool AND the peer review tool help students improve! 

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I echo everyone else's thoughts. The anonymity of the peer reviewer should have nothing to do with the tools an instructor should be able to use in grading.

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Agreed. And as I stated on another thread, bare minimum, Canvas needs to add this information to its official documentation so instructors aren't tearing their hair out trying to figure out why their docviewer bar is disabled.

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I can't view the disabling of Speed Grader annotations in this context as anything but a bug.  I can understand the underlying problem (annotations are signed) but this should not be a terribly complicated fix.

I think it would also be nice to allow students to do anonymous markup as part of peer review, but that is more of a feature request than a bug report.

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This is a very needed feature, especially for our English teachers that are trying to do markups with students that are learning how to edit and review another paper. Please add this feature. 

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One other facet to this that I just discovered is that if you spend a bunch of time leaving annotated feedback on student work and then assign peer reviews after, it completely wipes the feedback. Assigning anonymous reviews removes the instructor annotation tools AND any existing annotations you left before assigning the anonymous peer reviews. Luckily, it was only a class of 8 and I only had to redo about 4 students! Just FYI if anyone else runs into this. 

New Member

Yes. Please allow instructor markup via docviewer when anonymous peer reviews are enabled.

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I seems like there are two issues being discussed simultaneously here: 

1) instructors should be able to use annotation tools when peer reviews are anonymous, and

2) students should be able to use the annotation tools.

It seems like the author of this issue is really discussing #1 and not #2 (although techincally I guess they may be connected), so it should probably be discussed here:

To me, #1 just seems like a bug. For what reason shouldn't instructors be able to use the annotation tools when peer reviews are anonymous? The instructor's comments are not, unless I am mistaken, anonymous, so why is this not working?

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Please roll out this feature! I would like to use both anonymous peer review AND instructor markup via docviewer.