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Rich Text Editor in Speedgrader Comments

Rich Text Editor in Speedgrader Comments

 Add the Rich Text Editor to the Comments section of Speedgrader.


"I want to recommend books, etc., or to properly format foreign words, and so on, and want to set the example, of course, of doing so properly.  Thank you"


"Instructors have told me they'd like formatting (bold, italic, colors) in the comment boxes in order to emphasize a statement without typing all caps (which seems like they're yelling at the students)."


"As an instructor in a virtual classroom I need to be able to make my communication with students richer to better get my points across.  Add rich text capabilities and allow me to make the Comment boxes larger while you are at it."



Transferred from the old Community

Originally Posted By: Joshua Shannon
Special thanks for contributions by: Teri Portman, Albert Turner

Community Member

As a math instructor being able to type math in the comments section when correcting papers would be beneficial. Being able to annotate a textbox entry in the same way you can annotate a submitted document would be outstanding.

New Member

Would love the ability to be able to utilize third party LTI tools in the text editor for rich feedback on assignments.  Blackboard and D2L have had this available for years.

New Member

Yes adding in "Rich Text Editor" - in Conversations, in Speedgrader Comments - throughout Canvas - seems so obviously important for any communications with Students - I've upvoted this for several years: Canvas, we are calling out to you to help make this better for everyone.

New Member

Hello all!

We've been trying to add a Live Link icon to Speedgrader for a while now, so that faculty can send live links to students such as external resources, additional materials, etc. Currently we have no other recourse but to ask students to copy/paste the links, which is a poor and outdated way to share links.

In the example below, a student needed help with Turnitin. So I sent the student a link to an important page in our Writing Center where Turnitin is discussed in detail. This aligns with our Faculty Expectations to “provide additional resources” to “help move students to a deeper understanding…”  So it’s crucial that this student see this content.


However, because we don’t currently offer a way to provide live, clickable links on grading pages, students need to copy and paste characters very carefully to make sure they’ve copied all the characters *but nothing more*. It's hit or miss. If a student triple-clicks on the link above to highlight the whole URL, which is what I did, and then pastes that URL into their browser, there's a problem: Because the "copy" functionality added the period at the end of the sentence, the student's requested page wasn't found. Dead link. (And honestly, who likes dead links??)

So in the end, we had one opportunity to get this information in front of a student, and we missed that chance. 

Hopefully, by adding a rich text editor, that will give us the ability to offer live links on this page for easy clickability and hence immediate access to specific internet content students need to see.

Thanks for reading.

New Member

We've landed people on the moon quicker than we have had action from Canvas administrators about adding a Rich Text Editor to the interface. Clearly we have reached the limit of human ingenuity and innovation with this request.

New Member

Could I cash in some extra votes here that I haven't used to vote on other items? Smiley Wink

Community Champion

I have this problem so often! If a student turns in an assignment incorrectly, I want to link them to the page or video I've made with the correct instructions on how to turn things in. (In my case, it's usually that they've turned in a URL that leads to a document that they haven't actually shared with me, or let their browser autofill a URL to something other than the assignment they need to turn in because they don't understand the difference between form autofills and pastes.) These are usually my least tech-savvy and direction-following students, so they're also the ones that are going to have the most trouble copy and pasting a non-clickable URL.

Community Member

I really want to be able to do properly formatted hyperlinks for accessibility. We stress it in our course design, but then have to put the URL in grading comments. Sigh!

New Member there anybody out there? I need this feature to be able to sell the amazingness of Canvas. I love it and I want the teachers I train to love it too.  This feature is so very necessary. Clickable links are best practice and best for accessibility. 

New Member

We have been using Canvas for nigh on 2 years now and the shortcomings are becoming more evident by the day with the ever-growing trend towards online learning thanks to You-Know-What.  The lack of a Rich Text Editor in the SpeedGrader Assignment Comments defies belief.  I teach chemistry and having no superscript or subscript option means that 95% of chemical formulae cannot be provided correctly in feedback to the students.  What's the use of teaching them that Na2CO3 must not be written Na2CO3 when that's the only option available?  I have to compile my feedback to each student in a separate Word doc, then attach it to the feedback.  SpeedGrader?  That's a complete misnomer.

PS. The irony that the Comments box here DOES have RTF capabilities won't be lost on anyone either! 🙄

New Member

I would love to provide feedback and have conversations with students in more engaging ways in the SpeedGrader comments tool. Right now, it looks like this: 

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But imagine if I could embed a gif, Bitmoji, or some other media-rich response to students. That would be an amazing feedback tool! Even the simple act of providing a screenshot of something I am talking about with the student would be far more helpful embedded than attached via a link. 

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New Member

I came here to search for the answer to this question. Apparently its been up for debate since 2015, yet canvas has not added the capability to put your bitmoji in the comments. Please add this. We need to catch our kids attention and let them know they are doing a great job

New Member

Yes, I would love to be able to use bitmojis for feedback on assignments.

New Member

This feature is long overdue for being present in Canvas feedback. For those that know how to build web applications, allowing a rich content editor control in a text entry interface is really simple. 

It is simply impossible to show students things like APA references in the proper format without using workarounds like screenshots or document attachments. 

Canvas, please catch up to the other LMS vendors and make this feature live. 

Community Member

Yes we need a RTE in SpeedGrader.

Even though you appear to have an impressive voting system that I used to join with, I am afraid to say that some of the important requirements don't seem to implemented.

New Member

The lack of a RTE in speedgrader is really disappointing. I work with five high enrollment online courses that focus on student wellness. We value creating providing courses that meet WCAG 2.2 standards. In addition, a large part of our assignment feedback is sharing wellness-related resources, which include many urls. Not being able to include hyperlinked urls not only is problematic from an accessibility standpoint, it decreases the likelihood that students will quickly access much needed resources that address suggested wellness needs.

With the roll out of the RTE in many other features in Canvas, this seems like a major oversight.

Community Contributor

I definitely agree that this would be a fantastic addition to Canvas. Our instructors have asked for this functionality on several occasions. The ability to add formatted feedback with embedded images, videos, files, and LTI tools would be powerful, and help instructors deliver more robust, interactive feedback to students, especially as institutions respond to COVID-19.


Just to throw another hat into the ring. Having some basic ability to format text in the markup comments would be extremely helpful for my instructors. Often they are grading papers that have specific  formatting requirements (APA style) and it would super helpful for them to be able to *show* how the student should format a reference properly.

 Please consider adding at least some basic formatting. 

Here are a couple of mock-ups.


Community Member

Part of what we grade on is whether students are formatting according to the correct style guidelines (e.g. MLA, APA, etc.). Because the feedback comments and annotations in speedgrader don't allow italicization, students get confused when we don't follow those guidelines in our feedback to them. It would be great to be able to italicize, or if putting the html for it would make the terms italicize when we hit "submit" or enter.