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Allow students to View Feedback from the Grades page

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Allow students to View Feedback from the Grades page

I write lots of comments in the text of my students' essays using Speedgrader, but my students can't access these in-text comments from the Grades page. All they can see are the end comments. To see their in-text comments, they have to go to the assignment, then click on Submission Details, then click on View Feedback. It's no wonder many of my students are never reading my carefully crafted comments. Why can't there be a way for students to click View Feedback directly from the Grades page?
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Thank you for your submission, jhurley@ohlone.edu​. This idea will be open for voting in the next voting cycle. Smiley Happy

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This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. November 4, 2015 - Wed. February 3, 2016.

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Yes, it would lovely if the inline text comments were more prominent.  I advise instructors to add a comment to every grade saying - "see inline comments" as otherwise they have to train students to look for inline comments.  There is a rubric icon and other indicators but none for inline comments. 

- Melanie

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Thanks, Melanie. Please let others know so that we can get the votes to make this happen! It will make life so much easier for English professors.

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I'm less likely to use the in-line comments feature in Speedgrader precisely because it's not immediately accessible to students. Less visibility / more click throughs required to find something is a recipe for missed learning opportunities for my students, and also (not incidentally) the principal reason I've left Blackboard in favor of you guys. So yeah, as another English professor, I absolutely support an easier, more intuitive and seamless way for Ss to view comments from the Gradebook. We don't want them to have to search in multiple places for different kinds of feedback - it just means they won't find it, or won't know it exists, or will give up in frustration, etc. etc. and we'll lose them. Which undermines what so many of us like about Canvas.

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Yes. The best would be a feedback-first option, to present students with the rich feedback before they can get to their grade!

A few of our teachers have been experimenting with different approaches, and one that they seem to be fairly happy with is an LTI that I hacked together for them that presents students with a narrative of all of their assignment feedback on a single page (like the recent posts, but complete). It doesn't pull out Crocodoc comments, but anything that was a comment on the whole assignment is there.

Also, assuming a student makes it to the submission details page, I also hacked together (for the same teachers, of course) a Javascript that pops open the Crocodoc preview and rubric automagically when they get there.

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Seth, How does one implement this LTI? It sounds great.

Jennifer Hurley

Associate Professor of English

Ohlone College - Newark Campus

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jhurley@ohlone.edu​, you need a LAMP server to host it (possibly Heroku would work -- I haven't tried that). The trick is that, to work, the LTI has to turn around and make API requests. The short version of standing this up (and I'd be happy to talk with any local techies at your end who wanted to try it out) would be:

  1. Clone the repository off of GitHub
  2. Install dependencies with Composer
  3. Point your web browser at `<install location>/admin` and enter info in the install script (API token request, MySQL credentials, etc.)
  4. Generate a consumer key and shared secret
  5. Distribute the config.xml URL and, key and secret (all on the consumer keys page) to anyone who wants to use it.

It takes about 5 minutes (if you happen to have a handy LAMP server hanging around). I'd offer to let you take a spin with our install, but it's set up with an administrative token that's linked to our Canvas instance, so it wouldn't be able to talk to your Canvas instance.

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Thank you, Seth! How kind of you to share this. Wow, this looks a bit over my head, technical-wise. I will bookmark it for later thought, though. Thank you!!!!

Jennifer Hurley

Associate Professor of English

Ohlone College - Newark Campus

Community Member

This is an excellent idea! Students should have the ability to view feedback in connection to their grades.