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Post Annotations and Grades Separately

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Post Annotations and Grades Separately

Post Annotations and Grades Separately

It would be extremely beneficial to have the ability to post feedback separately from posting grades.

This is an extension of a previous idea on the community:

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/14428-release-feedback-and-marks-grades-separately-assignments

 

Current Situation:

Feedback and grades are posted simultaneously. With the new development (in beta) it will allow entering feedback without a grade and releasing this, a grade is therefore not entered or it is entered at a later stage.

There are a number of workarounds in order to accommodate the current functionality including providing feedback outside of Canvas, storing grades separately then going back and entering them into the system, not releasing feedback until a later stage, etc.... I'm sure there are more!

 

What we would like to do:

Enter feedback at the same time as entering the grade and have the ability to post grades and feedback separately (posting feedback would include annotations within SpeedGrader).

 

 335142_Post Feedback.jpg

 

Benefits include:

  • Students will get their feedback in a timely manner and not need to wait for ratification of grades.
  • This will save time as staff will not have to go back and enter grades at a later stage (which would be required in order to release timely feedback)
  • Reduce risk of error as grades will not need to be recorded separately before being entered / imported into Canvas.

Thanks,

Helen

7 Comments
Community Team
Community Team

Hi, h.carmichael@qub.ac.uk, thank you so much for sharing this idea. I hope you don't mind that I changed "feedback" to "annotations" in the title to remove any ambiguity and so that the idea clearly references DocViewer; if this doesn't comport with your intention, please let us know.

Community Member

Hi stefaniesanders, thank you for this! Just to clarify, when I talk about feedback I am referring to overall comments on the sidebar as well as annotations within DocViewer (in essence all feedback), I hope that makes sense!

Thanks again,

Helen

Community Team
Community Team

h.carmichael@qub.ac.uk, I understand, yet it would be best to keep this idea focused on DocViewer, as it needs to be prioritized for potential development separately from Speedgrader comments, which is the focus of the idea referenced in the description.

Community Member

Hi stefaniesanders, we have carried out a few tests and the development in beta seems to encompass the annotations in DocViewer as well as the SpeedGrader comments, other users have also alluded to this being the case as well. The idea I referenced didn't specify between the two (although a comment within the idea did). My idea is regarding all feedback as it shouldn't really be a two step process to release feedback should annotations and comments both be utilized by staff. 

If I should raise a separate idea for combining feedback avenues to be released separately from grades please let me know!!

Thanks,

Helen

Community Team
Community Team

h.carmichael@qub.ac.uk, based on your testing experience, that makes considerable sense. That said, I would suggest waiting until the functionality currently in beta is released to production to get a broader sense of how the new workflow is working out for your instructors.

Community Member

No Problem, thanks for this stefaniesanders!

Community Member

Voted up! This would be a great addition- in line with what the research tells us about how feedback should be used. Be great if Canvas could add this as it seems like a common request.