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Student view: View submissions and comments for all submissions

Student view: View submissions and comments for all submissions

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Right now students can only view their most recently added submission to an assignment. This means that all previous submissions to the assignment are not available to students, including feedback that the instructors have provided. This is a big problem because students are losing critical information that could help promote learning and understanding.We need to eliminate this lossylearning problem and make all assignment submissions visible to students!
168 Comments
snugent
Community Champion

I am posting my comment from the old community. I think it is also important to note that in the old community this feature request had 179 votes!  @kona ​ you should add your comments from the old community. You had some great arguments on why this is needed.

This is unfair and confusing for students. With the previous LMS submitting assignments was confusing for students because they got very little if any feedback from the system itself about their submission. Students need to be able to see all the feedback the instructor has given. Please consider adding this to reduce student anxiety and streamline instructor/student feedback loop.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Thanks snugent​! I'm adding my various comments from the original forum below:

I think the biggest issue is that Canvas has given us some amazing tools with speedgrader and rubrics, but by not allowing students to go back and review what they've already turned in for an assignment (and have the opportunity for the deep thinking that comes with reflection) the experience turns into lossy learning. To quote Canvas' own Jared Stein, "quality of the experience is sacrificed as information is lost" and this is exactly what is happening. The quality of the feedback and reflect and improve experience is being lost when students lose access to previously submitted work. It's clear that Instructure is focused on lossless learning and this is an amazing opportunity to improve an already great (and useful) tool!

An additional problem with this is that Admins can't see annotations on all submitted assignments. As an admin I can go in and see the multiple submissions and open all the different submissions. Yet, I can ONLY see the annotations on the last submitted document; which is what the students can see as well. This got pretty confusing because we were trying to help a student and we couldn't see the annotations, but if we masqueraded as the instructor then we could. We ended up downloading the annotated file and attaching it to assignment so the student could see it. This worked, but was kind of awkward.

marthazumack
Community Contributor

Absolutely! Just last week a student was requesting a way to access her previous submissions, as her tutors had made valuable comments on her initial submissions. As an administrator, I can access previous documents through Speedgrader, but it would be wonderful to save a step and access them more directly, but this is most important for our students.

stevenwilliams
Community Participant

Instructors currently have the ability to review all versions of an assignment and are not always aware that students lack the same option. Faculty wish to use the Crocodoc annotation capabilities to support feedback on multiple drafts and allow students to resubmit work. Providing this capability to students would support formative assessment of writing, and help to promote adoption and use of Canvas.

galyenk
Community Contributor

I agree that a lot of information is lost when not allowing students to review multiple submissions. For example, we have had instructors provide extensive feedback to students via the annotated feedback tools in speedgrader, but when the student resubmits, all that previous information is lost to the student.

In addition, Adding this feature would allow other feature requests to be resolved (such as allowing for a "journal" feature, if the assignment allowed for studnets to review previous submissions, the assignment tool could easily then be used as a journal tool.)

mlattke
Instructure
Instructure

Agree wholeheartedly with this.  Think of students doing drafts of their writing.  What a great way for students to reflect on their growth to see submission over time.

keh2294
Community Member

There are 181 votes on the old system: Allow Students to View All Submissions for an Assignment : Help Center

Please make this happen. Those votes should count!!!

awilliams
Community Champion

Don't worry keh2294​, these ideas only need 30 votes to get considered and at least responded to from what it says in How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

ccalderon
Community Champion

In fact, we just had a call on this today! Very often instructors don't realize that this will happen. They make comments, ask the student to re-submit without knowing the students will be unable to reference original comments after the subsequent submission has been made. This is much-needed!

jared
Instructure
Instructure

Thanks for the reference,  @kona !

I agree. Student reflection on their learning process is important for the development of their metacognitive skills, and the ability for them to examine their previous submissions should lead to improvements in the artifacts of learning.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

In addition to the lossylearning​ aspect it is also true that because students can only attach one submission type per submission and teachers may not realize that students can only see feedback from the latest submisson, teachers sometimes create assignment instructions directing students to, for example, submit a file attachment and the a media recording, url, etc.

sharris
Community Participant

Very important to our faculty. It has caused a lot of headaches over the past year.

jlaw
Community Member

This is a significant issue for our institutes students and just doesn't make any sense from an educational point of view. 

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure
Hello Friends! Thank you for your insights and suggestions. I absolutely understand how this is important. As we gather information, I'd like to pose a few questions...
  1. In your mind, where would students access submission history? Assignment details/submission screen?
  2. Would the expected behavior be the same as the instructor view (pick the submission from a drop-down menu), or would it be better if there something like an activity stream on the right sidebar?

Any insights you provide will help us move forward.

Thank you,

Jason

stevenwilliams
Community Participant

My expectation would be that student access to previous submissions would resemble that of Instructors -- via a dropdown menu within the Assignment details/submission area.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Deactivated user - I'm very excited that you're gathering information on this and will be happy to help any way I can! happypandadance​

1. Submission history would be available in the assignment details/submission screen.

2. I think the information (expected behavior) should be the same as the instructor view (pick from a drop-down menu), but would be ok with an activity stream if it showed all the submissions. My reasoning for it being the same as the instructor view is that it would make it easier for instructors to explain to students how to see all of their submissions because the look of it would be the same (similar) for both of them.

galyenk
Community Contributor

Jason....

Our whole team would love this!

I am in line with the above commenters.

1. Submission history would be available in the assignment details/submission screen.

2. The behavior would be the same as the instructor view, with the student being able to choose from a drop-down menu and jump to that particular submission. However, an activity stream would also be OK as well....as long as it was easy to navigate back and quickly view other submissions. But Kona's reasoning for the instructor being able to communicate to the student how to view all of their submissions by just referencing their own is (i think) highly valuable. Many times teachers don't know what the student view looks like, so the more different it is, the more confusion there ends up being between teacher and student (and the more erroneous tickets we get).

Other notes:

It would be very important that the student see the Crocodoc comments on their document, as this allows them to reference prior teacher comments and integrate them.

Also keep in mind that our team would likely use this as a journaling feature (which allows for one assignment but the student could easily see all previous entries)....so if this quickly allows the student to reference prior material, this targets that feature request as well.

Thank you!!!! I'm really happy you're looking into this.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

"It would be very important that the student see the Crocodoc comments on their document, as this allows them to reference prior teacher comments and integrate them." - YES, YES, YES!!!

It would also be important that ADMIN's can see all crocodoc comments. As it is, if I look as an admin I can only see crocodoc feedback for the most recent submission, even though I can see all submissions. This has caused a LOT of confusion in the past because we can't see what the instructors are seeing. I have to masquerade as the instructor and then I can see all submissions with their crocodoc feedback.

jlaw
Community Member

The instructors view works fine and I assume would be the easiest from your end to replicate for the students.

It needs to be easy to access and see when it’s needed but not taking up too much screen when they are only interested in their latest submission.

regards

Joanne Law

Director of Studies – Mediation Institute Pty Ltd

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Visit me @: 70 – 90 Chelmsford St, Kensington Vic 3031

Email me @: joanne.law@mediationinstitute.com.au<mailto:joanne.law@mediationinstitute.com.au>

ahite
Community Member

For assignments where students have to post their work (critique of an article) and a copy of the article, they only see the last thing they submit. Which is usually the article. I put annotations all through their critique and they can't see it. They need to be able to see all their submissions and all feedback.

Also, Students freak out when they check their submission and only see the last thing they post. I warn them now, but they still keep re-submitting frantically at the due date/time, thinking only 1 thing will submit. If you allow re-submissions, then they should be able to see them all, just like faculty in the corner drop down menu. Thanks!