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Import Grade Comments

Import Grade Comments

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Problem:

Instructors need to upload comments for each student for an external assignment and have it displayed in the gradebook view for students.

 

Use Case:

This is especially significant when uploading assignment scores from an external system (student response "clicker" tools, Scantron services, external learning assessments). Often those external tools have a comments field with important details regarding the student's performance. In some cases the external system includes critical item information (e.g. "You answered A; The correct answer was B").

 

Proposed Solution:

  1. Allow a comments field (column) in the gradebook import csv file.
  2. Display the comment in a similar way that assignment comments are currently handled.
  3. BONUS POINTS: Allow the comments to be exported in the Gradebook export csv
111 Comments
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Community Member

This is a great idea.  If it could be extended to allow for uploading attachments, that would be even better and might have a larger scope of application.  Tests that are given on paper could be graded, scanned, and then uploaded.

Community Member

A great idea.

We have classes of 400 and scantron answers for each student: AaBbbccDeaABCcbA, where upper-case indicates correct.

A secure method to give every student this information after every exam is super-helpful.

Community Member

I also teach classes with 500+ students...having the ability to batch upload comments onto Canvas is essential.  Our old course management software easily supported this feature...

Community Member

I voted for this more because of the suggestion to export the comments that are left than import. Mostly because I have never used the listed external systems, but it seems like the export would go hand-in-hand with the import.

Community Member

This could also be really useful in situations where each student needs a separate access code or other information.  The use case I am considering is when each student receives a separate code to access a particular database or external tool.

This would be more reliable than emailing the codes, since the comments could not be accidentally deleted by the students or mis-directed into a junk mail folder.  It would also ensure that the code is available with the corresponding assignment.  Finally, it would be more practical than individual Canvas messages, since the case I am considering involves hundreds of students.

Community Member

I have handled this exact thing by creating a column in the gradebook labeled as a code.  There are limits to the format of the code though.

Community Member

I continue to hear frustration from instructors that they can't upload a comment via CSV.  It's not that our instructors are typing comments into Excel -- it's always related to some external tool they're using for assignments that already has in it some piece of information for each student (feedback, next steps, a URL).  They want to upload it along with the grade and are frankly shocked to realize they can't.  Just last week an Economics instructor told me that he had his TAs cutting and pasting a text field out of a CSV for each of his 180 students for every homework assignment.  He could upload the grades, but not the text field.

Community Member

As one of those frustrated faculty members - I completely agree that the ability to upload comments would be exceptional.  We had a meeting last semester with Instructure representatives and tried to explain our needs in uploading comments (or any other individualized feedback) into Canvas for large courses - the Instructure representative's response was incredulous and she repeatedly questioned why we could not use the current comment system.  Like many of the responses above - we have resorted to external feedback mechanisms or crazy assignment column tricks.  It would be nice to actually be able to use our LMS to manage our classes.   My running joke within my faculty colleagues has become - our new job is developing Canvas workarounds rather than actually teaching.  In many ways, limitations with Canvas such as this assignment feedback/comment upload issue is hurting us far more than it is helping us.