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Download Assignment Comments and Completed Rubrics

Download Assignment Comments and Completed Rubrics

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It would be nice to have an option to download everything related to a completed, graded assignment in one PDF: the annotated PDF of the submission, the "assignment comments" discussion, and the completed rubric with values.

 

Currently, within crocodo, we can "Download annotated PDF (includes comments)" and that's really helpful, but we have no way of downloading a record of the Assignment Comments and we have no way to download the rubric. (We've resorted to taking individual screen shots.)

 

This is important for accreditation - we need an archive of everything related to an assignment. Students need this for their e-portfolios, too.

 

This is related to a request in the old pre-2015 Zendesk request:

https://help.instructure.com/entries/22865834-Download-Speedgrader-Comments-with-Assignments which requested just that Assignment Comments be included. I would like to add Rubrics, too.

This idea was considered when developing our product plan for Q4 2019 and is not expected to influence development within Canvas at this time.

:smileyinfo: This idea will remain open for vote.

:smileyinfo: If this idea is in the top 10% by vote next cycle it will be reconsidered.

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93 Comments
Cindy_Masek
Community Contributor

We too have resorted to screen shots.  I have seen this be an issue especially in grievance situations - or rather situations where you are trying to prevent a grievance.  If you can provide a hard copy of everything documented you are more able to make issues a matter of fact rather than recall or interpretation.  Also, faculty need to download everything for examples in their teaching portfolios!  This is definitely a need.  I don't however, seem to be able to vote anywhere as yet.

Cindy_Masek
Community Contributor

Ah - you can only start voting after the first Tuesday of the month!  So it will be awhile before you can vote. I will subscribe to this post to help remember to vote.

jordan
Community Champion

Correct  @Cindy_Masek ​. We have just promoted Matthew's idea so that it will be open for voting May 5th - August 5th.

Cindy_Masek
Community Contributor

Plus, thanks to this video I found on another discussion: View and Print Comments through Crocodoc (Oct14) - YouTube  I see how to at least download the paper with annotations.  Also from the individual student's grade view (vs in Crocodoc) I see there are much better screenshots to be captured.  This information at least improves the complex screenshots we were taking in Crocodoc.  I'd still prefer a cleaner single download but this is better.

BKINNEY
Community Contributor

For us, it would actually be much better if the data were provided as a spreadsheet. That way faculty can more easily crunch their number in any way they want. PDF is fine, and I'm sure some folks would prefer it, but PLEASE, make a .csv available as well.

I've got a php script that gets rubric scores from an assignment (using the API) and pushes them into a csv. Problem is, I don't have a good enough way to provide it as a self-help tool. I could make it an LTI menu item, but I don't know of a way to reveal menu items only to instructors, and besides, that's just not where it belongs. Ideally, it would be built into the existing assignments UI, perhaps as a link that sits below the Download Submissions link. The script is super easy. Just one API call and some reformatting. I'm sure this is low hanging fruit for the Canvas engineers. In the meantime, folks are only getting their data by contacting me.

carol_kominski
Community Member

Anybody who uses a rubric for research purposes would like to analyze student performance on the various rubric criteria.   Doing this would be enormously easier if one could download the class rubric data into a csv file which could then be analyzed using Excel.

mlewis23
Community Champion

I agree with  @BKINNEY ​ and  @carol_kominski ​.  Being able to download the csv of the rubric scores would be very helpful along with all comments.

kedgecomb
Community Champion

I agree!  I receive many requests to print/download the completed and blank rubric from Canvas!

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure

Hello everyone,

I agree for a need to incorporate more functionality into rubrics and the availability of rubrics data.  My colleague (Deactivated user) and I are starting to research how we can better accomplish all of these things.  We will look into improved handling of rubrics, improved assignment evaluation for the purposes of assessment, and many other enhancements for rubrics outcomes and gradable content in general. (Think big.) There is a lot for us to consider, and this is something we are looking toward doing.  Keep the ideas coming... there is a lot we want to do.

Kind regards,

Jason

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Please join the Canvas Focus Group: Outcomes​ if you want to be part of the bigger conversation!

mcsmith
Instructure
Instructure

Thank you all for you input and great ideas. Our product team is diligently planning for the next 12 months. Unfortunately, this work has not been slated. Please note that that does not mean we will never work on this. We will track this feature idea and reassess in several months.

canvas_admin
Community Champion

Deactivated user, Do you mean "Please note that this does not mean we will never work on this"?

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Yes, I am pretty confident that is what McCall meant!  Thank you for helping her out!

mcsmith
Instructure
Instructure

Eeeeek, that was a terrible typo. Yes that is what I meant. I have edited the original post to reflect my original intent. Sorry for the confusion.

James
Community Champion

 @BKINNEY ​,

This is an old thread but I just stumbled across it today. Have you gotten any further with how to make it easily accessible to faculty? The PHP on your end is great if there is a central agency collecting intelligence on artifacts for accreditation, but you're right about some faculty wanting that directly.

I've been doing a lot of work with Greasemonkey and Tampermonkey and user scripts that you load on specific machine/browser/user combinations and then only runs on the pages you tell it to run on.

Other people have been using Canvas permissions to enforce availability, but the roles of a current user is contained inside a variable within the page, so we should be able to do a search for particular roles like teacher and then only add the button on those.

The JavaScript could call your PHP script, but it's probably possible to rewrite the whole thing in JavaScript, especially given the simplicity of the situation.

I was talking with  @kona ​ about this how this information was already available in the API and that someone should have mentioned it in a request that 96 people up-voted. That was you, so I thought I would where things were on your end before doing something on mine.

Cindy_Masek
Community Contributor

That might work for some people, but some of us must depend on out-of-the box functionality. We are a small college with a Canvas/IT support team is of two and no one to write special script. I'm thinking we aren't the only ones who must depend on the usability of Canvas in its "natural" state. 🙂

BKINNEY
Community Contributor

James,

If you want to help me beta test, watch my YouTube demo, and then message me privately so I can help you get a key and secret. I'm still in the midst of trying to get an Auth token work flow strong enough to inspire me to make this public on the eduappcenter.

You might want to skip the first two minutes or so, of the demo, because the installation process shown isn't valid off our campus. All the rest is about what you do once you have the app installed.

BTW, I can only request tokens on Canvas instances hosted by instructure, but there is a brand new process for issuing developer keys if you are self-hosted. Not sure it has made it out of beta yet, but if not, it should be soon.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi again, Cindy! Seems like I just talked to you in another thread - oh yeah, I did!

We are also a small admin/support office of two, and greatly depend on the out-of-box functionality. Neither my partner nor myself could be classified as "coders" and did not need to be with our previous LMSs.

That being said, we are both teaching ourselves some coding tricks at our rather slow self-taught pace, because Canvas does provide that opportunity to hack it's UI with code and expand its functionality without bloating the existing UI.

James
Community Champion

 @Cindy_Masek ​,

While I appreciate that some people may not be able to use scripts, Canvas has said that incorporating this into Canvas isn't going to happen in the next 12 months. So, you can sit around and wait for something that probably won't happen or you can let others help you out.

Becky and I aren't talking about you writing scripts. We're talking about someone else writing them and then you using them. And specifically, we're talking about a CSV export of the rubric, not the broader picture. Canvas might be able to do that part of it quickly and it might be worth making a feature request for just that, but doing the other is probably a big chore.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

James:

I I would never imply that there are not helpful folks out there, and you are one of the bestest and mostest helpful.

I was simply commiserating with another small department without coding skills.