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DocViewer: Annotations library

DocViewer: Annotations library

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I like the comment library feature, but I wish the comments could carry over to the DocViewer annotations. Another option would be to create an annotations library.

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I am grading student papers via Speed Grader, and I have built up a comment library containing my feedback about problem areas of student papers: essay organization, integration of sources, run-on sentences, MLA formatting, etc.  I want to use my comment library as I annotate student work, highlighting specific words and sentences on student essays and inserting my library comments into annotation boxes that are tied to specific words and sentences that I have highlighted.  

This feature does not currently exist, so I have to retype each comment or cut and paste library comments into annotation text boxes, which is a huge waste of time.  

This feature would be easy to design and implement, and it would save instructors countless hours of time doing tedious work.   

Ultimately, instructors will shift to other platforms for grading if this feature remains unavailable in Canvas.  

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@AdamKempler Agreed! I used Turnitin at my previous institution, and I was able to build a library of annotations that I could use on student papers. When critiquing writing, it's important, I think, to place comments next to the section that needs improvement or is done well. I hope that Canvas can make a feature like this.

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Yes please!  This is a much needed feature in Canvas! 

As a former user of Turnitin Feedback Studio, I do miss my QuickMarks, as they enable better quality feedback in a shorter space of time.   

The comments/annotations must remain editable, however, so a comment can be tailored or addressed to a student when appropriate. 

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This will be a great idea for writing teachers!