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Student PDF Annotations on Web Browser Version

Student PDF Annotations on Web Browser Version

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Recently, a new feature was added to the Canvas App, which allows students to "mark-up" PDFs directly in Canvas and submit them. This is amazing! However, it s only a feature on the App, and not in the normal web browser version for students with Laptops or Desktops. This is a great feature that Canvas has, and I just wish the students at our school (who all have district-provided laptops) could do it too!

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through the  Canvas Release Notes (2021-05-15).

85 Comments
LisZ
Surveyor

I just made an account on this page just to suggest this feature!!! I am really trying to avoid sending my 2nd Grade eLearning students off to third party webistes (like Kami) to complete assignments. The current work-around to allow students to annotate on PDFs in Canvas is way too confusing for young students. Canvas, PLEASE make it so students can annotate directly in Canvas!!! The functionality is already there for giving feedback in SpeedGrader, they just need to be able to access it before submitting the assignment! 

 

For anyone interested in the lengthy process of annotating directly in Canvas here is a video that explains it: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLuaMnQuiF8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR09syJqs_GnQw4xmvnp8kVlLUeeAl...

Mziller
Surveyor

I don't understand why we as teachers have access to an annotation box in speed grader, on a desk top or lap top, but the kiddos that really need it more don't have the same access to that tool. You need to allow this for students because not all have iPads.

swendling
Surveyor II

Elementary Students need a way to annotate documents that is direct.  Since annotation exists within the Canvas platform, after a document has been submitted, it seems that it wouldn't be too difficult to provide a way students could annotate at the start.  Trying to find a work around to pdf annotation is causing me so much stress! My students are 6 and 7 years old.  See Saw and Class Dojo both have it; with Class Dojo just adding it this summer.  Please, please, please Canvas friends, take pity on the elementary school teachers and add this feature. 

Karen93
Surveyor

Currently students and teachers can write, highlight, draw, and comment on a PDF in the feedback section of an assignment. Students need to be able to interact with PDFs in this manner before the assignment is submitted. I would like to see this functionality added to make district curriculum easier for teachers to manage in Canvas and easier for students to interact with. I am a school district Canvas Coordinator (PK-12) and an online instructor for a university.

epulham
Adventurer

We would really benefit from this tool as well!!

kmeta
Surveyor

This really needs to be prioritized for our kids (our children and our students). A "mark up" feature is available on so many other platforms. As said before in an earlier comment, teachers have the ability to mark up or add annotations, but our students really need this too. And given the fact that this feature is available on the mobile app, it should have been an automatic desktop feature (besides, this doesn't make sense when most of my students don't have mobile devices). We should be simplifying things as much as possible to eliminate frustration that causes kids to give up. Having this capability would really be an improvement! PLEASE, can someone bump this up the priority chain?? 

cveach
Surveyor

We really NEED this for elementary students who are using district provided Chromebooks.

Lauriezazz
Surveyor

This would be so helpful, especially for the younger kids!

Ak50
Surveyor

Yes!   Please!  So many hours wasted and so many frustrated students and teachers would be thrilled if you could annotate a pdf

DannonMcg734
Surveyor

We need a way for younger students to write and draw on pages, such as PDFs.

slfairburn
Surveyor

Please add this functionality!

jbarton
Surveyor II

This would be a very useful feature. I am asked frequently how students can mark up pdfs in Canvas. I share with my teachers the feature in the app as well as the work around of having the students submit the pdf blank and then go to view feedback and mark it up there, but it is confusing for students to have to download and submit a blank file and then go and do their actual submission. The capabilities are already there, just need to make it an actual feature instead of work around. 

AdamG
Surveyor

This would be such a HUGE addition!!! In our district, we have such a wide variety of devices being used by students. With many school issued Chromebooks, accessing Kami is helpful, but we also have many student owned Chromebooks and there is an endless battle between our school Google accounts and the student's personal Gmail accounts. It makes for very frustrated users trying to authenticate their Kami accounts. It would be unbelievably helpful to have this feature available on the web version of Canvas!!!

epulham
Adventurer

Hi everybody - I just this week allowed instructors to turn on the feature option "Assignment Enhancement - Student" and when the student uploads and submits a PDF file, it really nicely displays the PDF for marking up before the instructor reviews it. I think that if you want some of that functionality right now, you could experiment with that new feature option and train any instructors who want a workaround while Canvas works on this, because I think the end result is supposed to be that students have access to the PDF annotations in the browser version easier with this enhancement turned on. 

What is Assignment Enhancements? 

Here's a video where I walk my instructors through what the Assignment Enhancement can do, including marking up the PDF: https://youtu.be/FhVoBv0jCOY

stricknadeln
Surveyor

This would be JUST the ticket for organic chemistry students, who must draw structures to complete assignments.  I very much hope this feature will enabled on web-based Canvas, because my students who don't use the app must draw answers on paper, take a photo, and upload.  When poor wifi causes assignments to arrive after deadlines, everyone is stressed.  If CANVAS could record their drawings instead of them writing on paper, we would be making real progress!

chihyul
Surveyor

I was hoping this would have happened by now. I'm a busy college student, and being able to annotate directly on Canvas can save me a lot of time and hassle by trying to juggle assignments between Canvas and Google Docs (or other editor).

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: On Beta
 
Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team
Comments from Instructure

 

Instructors can use an annotated document assignment type to upload a document for students to annotate and submit directly in Canvas. This change allows instructors to provide a worksheet as an assignment and allow students to complete the worksheet directly in Canvas. 

For more information, please read through the  Canvas Release Notes (2021-05-15).

epulham
Adventurer

@Stefanie This is great news! Thank you!

epulham
Adventurer

@Stefanie I am trying to test this out in the Beta environment but I cannot find where to turn it on. Can't find it in the Admin Feature Options or the course options in our beta instance. When I open up the assignment settings I don't see the Annotation option in the dropdown menu. Am I missing something? Is this being pushed to Beta later on?