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Rich Text Editor in Speedgrader Comments

Rich Text Editor in Speedgrader Comments

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 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

54 Comments
ewest
Learner II

This would be a fantastic feature to add! This is of particular interest to some of our faculty. Could this be revisited?

Hildi_Pardo
Community Advocate
Community Advocate

I'd like to add that when a link is added in comments, our elementary and middle school students (who only have iPads) can't even select the URL in order to copy and paste.   So having the URL become active on the iPads is also necessary.

sfiedler
Community Member

Ditto!

ja644
Surveyor

I would like to tie this idea to the issues we are seeing around the comments box bouncing back to the top of the screen when you type more than a few lines of comment.  If this enhancement would resolve this issue as well, that would kill two birds with one stone.

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/11844-enlarge-the-speedgrader-assignment-comment-box

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/11857-assignment-comments-feedback

and the thread in the community documenting this as well is here:

https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/24350-glitch-with-assignment-comments-box-in-speed-grader

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

 

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

alan_ng
Community Member

I absolutely 100% need some kind of formatting (and clickable links) in comments. I teach German.

Nancy_Webb_CCSF
Adventurer

Having rich text for all comments, including additional comments on individual quiz questions, would be preferred.

 

Currently when writing individual comments on a quiz question, it appears to the teacher as if line breaks are working, but when the student views the comment all text is strung together.  It's an unhappy surprise to new teachers who've gone to all the work of writing detailed comments.  This behavior is different from assignment comments  - but having rich formatting on comments should fix it.

zgrammon
Surveyor

I'm an online math teacher and I need the equation editor or HTML to give feedback on student submissions.

charles_calvert
Community Member

It's losing indentation that bothers me. I want to share code, and it looks terrible without proper indentation, especially since I dock students for not properly indenting their code....

thompsli
Learner II

I am also in this boat. I am very tired of using Unicode for superscripts, subscripts, and other common math formatting needs, and having no nice-looking way to talk about fractions when leaving comments in Speedgrader. 

dave_perry
Surveyor

I've voted for this. It was flagged in another idea concerning comments in speedgrader (namely, the ability to STRIP formatting if you copy/paste from word) and remove all illegal characters:

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/14392-strip-formatting-when-pasting-into-assignment-comments-f...

patrick_lynch
Community Member

I would like to have a rich text editor available in the SpeedGrader interface such that the written feedback in the dialog box retains formatting--especially after copy and paste from another text editor or document (Google Doc, MS Word, etc.). These rich text features are available elsewhere in Canvas such as when crafting a Page but strangely missing from SpeedGrader.

adebord
Surveyor

I love Canvas however this is one of my biggest headaches as an instructor.  Please try to make a way for this to happen.  I would be greatly appreciative. Smiley Happy 

dawn_ward
Community Member

Yes, you cannot show proper citation formatting when you cannot italicize or underline and then you have to add additional confusing notes to explain. 

elama
Surveyor II

The ability to choose a numeric font size for comments in SpeedGrader, much like you choose a font size in any Microsoft program. This would allow instructors to have their comments stand out more when leaving feedback on a students submission.

christopher_ca1
Community Member

Yes, please, adding hyperlink and basic formatting in speedgrader comments would make an immense difference in ease of use for sharing comments.

venitk
Adventurer

I would love the ability to add bullet points to speedgrader comments, but anything would be helpful!

aconc013
Surveyor

Feedback is rendered useless sometimes without proper formatting in quiz comments and assignment submissions.

patrick_lynch
Community Member

As of today 286 upvotes since 2015. How can this feature be orphaned in an otherwise excellent LMS? What else can we do as educators to gain traction for an upgrade to Speedgrader or other solution?

april_debord
Surveyor

I live Canvas and having this would cement it in my mind as the GOAT but... It's been two years since I upvoted this and it's still not available. Other LMS, that in my opinion are not as good as Canvas, have this...please look into it as feedback is so integral for students.