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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
rael225
New Member

Yes, Please! As a teacher, I can't afford my own mobile device. All my classrooms have a desktop at the teacher station, not a mobile device. I don't understand why mobile was made a priority here.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @rael225 ‌

The focus on mobile with Canvas, and with almost all things online in higher ed is almost entirely student driven. Students want to use the devices they have, and those devices are mobile - mostly their phones, and often a tablet. Many schools now have 1:1 mobile initiatives whereby their students are provided with a tablet of one make or another.

Many educators did not foresee the mobile IT revolution; and of those who did, even fewer appreciated how fast this revolution would grow and develop.

Our college has an older and poorer student demographic, and few of our students have a desktop or even laptop computer, but all of them have a smart phone, and they all want to be able to use that device for their online courses.

Kelley

rael225
New Member

That totally makes sense, Kelley. Thanks for the explanation!

MattHanes
Community Champion

As we look to go 1:1 with Chromebooks, I would love to see the ability to annotate PDFs built-in for students. On PCs and laptops they can annotate on a pdf using Adobe Reader but there doesn't appear to be any free options on Chromebooks.

GideonWilliams
Community Champion

Not sure I entirely agree with the not foreseeing the mobile IT revolution bit. 1-1 models in the UK had been around for a long time and were supported by government initiatives such as laptops for schools and direct grants.

What is important is that Canvas doesn't miss out on the next developments :O) The marked rise in OneNote in the last 18 months is in some way due to the desire to ink and the impact this is having. As you quite rightly say, this is not just K12 but also colleges/universities.

I have put in an idea request for inking for tablet based devices - https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/8810-use-of-stylus-with-docviewer  and also support this idea.

jenna_townsend
Community Member

 @MattHanes ‌ mentioned a great Chromebook extension option for annotating PDFs, Kami. Works great for Google districts as well! See the whole post at https://community.canvaslms.com/message/97522-pdf-annotations-on-chromebooks?sr=search&searchId=b7d3....

wlangley
New Member

Has this been implemented yet? This needs to be done, help us go paperless!

apratt
Community Member

The annotation tools (Docviewer) in the Canvas app and Speedgrader work great for our teachers and students.  However, all of our students do not iPads or smart phones.  We have students who need the annotation tools to make work accessible for them due to physical limitations.  Please add annotation tools for documents in Canvas that are accessed through a web browser.accessibilityannotation tools docviewer speedgrader

shari_derossett
New Member

As a math teacher, this addition would be very helpful to my students.  Please add the ability for students to annotate on documents within Canvas.  

Thank you!

wlangley
New Member

Shouldn't we be preparing students for the workforce though? Not many professions allow all work to be done on a phone, if at all really.

epulham
Community Contributor

Any headway being made on this? This would be amazing!

wlangley
New Member

I found you can use the Kami app and it will do the same thing Smiley Happy 

epulham
Community Contributor

Tell me more about the Kami app, I've never heard of it before!

gallagherc
New Member

Yes, I was just trying to figure this out and asked about it from a chat with a Canvas rep and he gave me a way to do it in Canvas (this will take time to teach to students)... but wouldn't it just make life easier if students could just do this without the work around I was quoted below?

Well we don't have a pdf editor directly for Students to edit and then submit, but they can use the DocView to submit a normal pdf and then go to the submission and follow this guide.

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10537-4212710319

So what they would do is take your pdf -> submit that -> then when it says submitted -> click submission details -> click VIEW FEEDBACK -> then they will be able to add annotations like that guide shows.

Otherwise, the students will need to download it and edit the document in Google Docs.

wlangley
New Member

Check it out here: Kami | Your Digital Classroom Hero 

Essentially, the Kami integration lets you select a google doc for an assignment, makes a copy for each student allows them to type directly onto the pdf, then it sends a copy of the edited doc to you and to the student, but you can also look at it in speed grader Smiley Happy 

mwilliams0814
New Member

The integration of using a pdf markup tool for laptops would be a game-changer!  Not all districts are Google Districts, so the use of Kami does not allow for optimum use of the Canvas LMS.

LBallard
New Member

Wish they could add this in tool for Chromebooks, laptops, and PC versions. It doesn't seem like my school or district will purchase Kami and trying to teach elementary students all these workarounds could be exhausting. 

JAuclair
New Member

As an elementary teacher, this is the biggest cause of frustration among students, parents, and teachers alike. Please include a way for teachers to automate the process of forcing a submission of a document (especially pdfs) so that students can have access to annotate in Doc Viewer without needless and confusing steps.

jburgess
New Member

I am a third grade teacher and it would be so very helpful to have the PDF annotation tool available on the web browser version of Canvas. Our division's students are provided DELL laptops at this time and the steps to have them annotate a PDF through the Doc Viewer are far too complicated for a primary student to follow. Please please please enable this feature on the web browser version of Canvas. 

Blwarden1
New Member

Hello, 


I am extremely disappointed you archived the discussion (https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Idea-Conversations/Students-pdf-annotating-tool/idi-p/391499#comm...) that was taking place. It had a higher ranking than the one you linked and now I feel like it is once again put on the back burner of Canvas. This is something that over a thousand teachers are requesting and this post was submitted 3 years ago and nothing has been done. The least you could do is transfer the ranking of the mentioned post to this one so maybe it would jump up on the Canvas priority list. 

 

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