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Screen Capture with Audio as a Comment Option

Screen Capture with Audio as a Comment Option

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I grade a lot of essays, but I believe this feature might be valuable for other disciplines as well.

 

Canvas currently has the ability to post comments in video (webcam) or audio form--though, the flash programs for these seem to be hit or miss for me.

 

For essay feedback, I want to be able to communicate what I'm seeing in a student's essay, but I don't necessarily need them to see my face. Far more valuable to me is to be able to point to aspects of the essay or assignment while I'm talking and to have the student see those specific aspects while they are hearing my comments.

 

I do this now using Camtasia. I open speedgrader and begin recording a screen capture with audio. I then have to save the file and upload it to Canvas using the media comment video upload option.

 

This works, but it is a bit clunky. My speed at grading would be greatly increased if I could press a button and simply begin recording the screen.

 

Again, I know the benefit of this with essays, but my guess is that it could be of benefit to almost any discipline. If an instructor is taking the time to record a comment of any sort, it is probably a comment that has something to do with the digital object that is right on the screen. The added benefit would be that if the recorder is capturing the screen and not just the current window, an instructor could use the video as a digital whiteboard. I can imagine a math instructor giving a just in time KhanAcademy style explanation for a problem on which a particular student seems to be having difficulties.

 

Since I have an android tablet with a stylus, if this could be incorporated into the android speedgrader app, that would be some wicked awesome future s%&t!!!

59 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Great idea, Shiloh.  I remember folks in Washington doing something like this with the lecture capture tool purchased at the state level but building this functionality into the Canvas insert media comment tool or otherwise adding it into the RCE would be really convenient for the reasons you describe.

Jeff_F
Community Champion

I dream of a screen recorder integrated directly into the Speedgrader.  Just how awesome would that be??  Stupendous I tell you!

Currently one must use Jing, Snag-It, Screencast-o-matic, Cantasia, Captivate, etc. and then take 2-3 added steps to upload the media as a file.  Some of these titles are costly, are time consuming and/or have a learning curve.  While our Univ. has the full Kaltura integration that affords a screen recording process, currently there is no workflow solution to screen record and post the video as feedback to student assignments. 

I smell opportunity....   ;o)

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. December 2, 2015 - Wed. March 2, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

pmartin
Community Member

Sounds like it would help out many instructors, good idea.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

I really like this idea.  I hope it gets some wings.

sbrown3
Community Participant

Voting this one up.  Allowing instructors and students to record their screen is a way more useful than recording their faces, at least for my classes.  My students often ask for feedback and for that I need to see what they're showing me, not them talking.

tdo1
Community Member

This sounds great!  Feedback is so important for my pre college math student to learn and grow.  Being able to quickly access a screen capture in the Speedgrader program would provide me with a quick way to do this electronically for them.  Thanks Shiloh for the suggestion!Smiley Happy

matt_elphick
Community Participant

A fantastic suggestion. I know that I and many of my colleagues would love this feature to be added to Canvas!

jbrady2
Community Champion

I could see this working for many subjects.  Math instructors could record themselves using a whiteboard program while working out a problem.  Any subject that deals with visual details, such as art/web design/etc, could display examples while providing commentary. This would be a great feature.

adam_st_jean
Community Member

This would be tremendously useful. Great idea!

rozhussin
Community Participant

Agreed. I vote YES!

grouamba2
Community Member

This will be a great tool. I am voting yes.

blee
Community Participant

This concept is genius.

renniscantwell
Community Member

This would be an amazing feature that I could see myself using pretty much daily.

sean_flaherty
Community Participant

Very cool.  There is a currently a small movement to get more courses labeled at Writing Certified at my college and the district as a whole - I'm looking into having my Physics courses get that certification.  One major drawback is the increased volume of grading as it is expected that students will have the opportunity to submit a writing assignment for feedback, make adjustments based on that feedback, and then resubmit.  This grading feature would make it far more convenient for me to provide feedback as a read through the submission while indicating the specific locations via mouse movement, highlighting, etc.  I think this is a feature I'd take advantage of if it was developed.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

> 100 votes!  \0/

Jeff_F
Community Champion

Scott - if you need additional yea votes I'll sound the bugle. 

ps. have you ever visited the community without a log in?  This approach enables you to see the domain of the email addresses of voters. There are some interesting patterns in some of the ideas with certain ideas generating dozens of votes from just one or two institutions.   Surely this is grass roots politicking, but it has me pondering how this voting mechanism can be a representation of the fuller client base when a single organization's members can cast +50 votes on an idea?  It seems to me that those that take the time to stir up interest will tend to reap in the rewards. Isn't that a nice way to say the squeaky wheel gets the grease?

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hey  @Jeff_F ​,

Yep, it is also true that you can see what institution a give voter is coming from by hovering their name in the vote count if you are curious.  We can pivot this data with other sources to learn more about who voters are and what the frequency distribution is of votes coming in. 

Different scenarios:

  • One admin or opinion leaders sends out a plea locally for people to go vote up an idea.  Each individual must choose to login, go to the idea, and (hopefully) make an informed decision about how they want to vote - Exactly what we hope happens... Power to the people!  We know what resonates
  • At a back to school night or other gathering and administrator directs all teachers to login and go vote for an idea or a teacher has their students do the same.  We can see that all the votes came in within a short time period and mostly from voters who had never logged in before - We'll note this fact and probably do a little ribbing in the comments.  The gravity of this vote count will be weighed accordingly.
  • Someone writes a bot to automatically add robo votes - seriously not cool. We'll probably be talking with that institution's representatives
kedgecomb
Community Champion

This is an excellent idea!  It would be great for instructors to combine the SpeedGrader with a screen-recording piece.  I believe more would use it, if it was integrated into Canvas. 

bgibson
Community Champion

speedgrader-component-plus-snagit.pngCould there be an Snagit LTI that adds the screencapture.audio narration functionality into SpeedGrader?