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Time and Date Stamp for Anonymous Assignment Submissions

Time and Date Stamp for Anonymous Assignment Submissions

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Hello.  I am an administrative assistant with instructor rights in Canvas to help the professors I assist.  The professors need to be able to have students submit an anonymous assignment in Canvas but also be able to see the exact date/time stamp for each student before they are done grading papers. 

Currently, I am told that there is no way to do this.  The only way to see a date/time stamp for each anonymous assignment is to post grades or unhide the students names.  This is not as helpful for the professors as they are trying to figure out how many points to deduct from a late paper submission.  Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

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Stef_retired
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@eat7 

Thanks for sharing this suggestion. Here are the steps I took to attempt to replicate it (as you'll see, I could not):

  • Instructor: Create and publish a new assignment
  • Instructor: In Speedgrader, enable the option to Hide student names
  • Student: Submit the assignment 
  • Instructor: View the submission date and time at the upper right of Speedgrader (screenshot)

anonymous submission.png

Could you elaborate on the additional functionality you're seeking?

eat7
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Stefanie:

Thank you for your reply.  I cannot see the date and time that an anonymous student submitted an assignment.  Is this something only an administrator can see?  Right now, instructors can only see a date/time stamp if they post grades and unhide names.  I will try to submit a screen shot of mine if I can. Thank you.

--Elissa

 

eat7
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Screenshot of assignment submission.png

 

Stef_retired
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@eat7 

Thanks for providing the screenshot. The date and time stamp are visible to teachers; no admin privileges are required.

Just to double-check, I did another test. This time, I set a due time on the assignment for five minutes ago and then, as the student, resubmitted the assignment; for the instructor, the date and time stamp display in Speedgrader with the word LATE appearing in the submissions dropdown for the most recent submission.

Has your campus support team escalated this to Canvas Support? We aren't able to move this forward as an idea conversation, but a support agent can look at the permissions associated with the roles at your school as well as the settings on the assignment itself to see why the date and time are not displaying as they should.

Stef_retired
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s_puffer
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That's really a shame that we have to resort to a third-party survey tool to assure anonymity to the students. I would imagine that as a faculty member I have sufficient permission to see a student's identity and responses at any time. I can't accept that violation of privacy. Can you please tell Canvas developers to add a completely anonymous survey option - sooner rather than later? Thank you.

Stef_retired
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@s_puffer 

Thanks for sharing this feedback. Please add your comments and rating to the conversation around this underway at Improve Anonymous Surveys to Make them fully Anonymous

 

Stef_retired
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Status changed to: Open
 
Stef_retired
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@eat7 

Our engineers have taken a fresh look at this idea and based on their research we're opening this for broader discussion. Thanks for your patience!

(Users in the admin role can see the timestamp, so in order to replicate this, admins must use Act As functionality)