I teach Spanish at community colleges in California. I just found out that when I grade the students' compositions with SpeedGrader, the students are repeatedly sent messages from Canvas that their "composition has a new annotation," or something like that. They told me that it is "creepy" to keep getting those messages while I was in the process of doing the grading, I can easily take 15-20 minutes to grade a whole composition, first highlighting in yellow the words that are problematic, then writing in blue what I suggest they write instead, then putting my editing codes in magenta. Who on earth thinks it is helpful for a student to see that bit by bit, or for them to be annoyed twenty times before their composition finally has a grade on it? It surprises me that anyone would think that this is a good idea. They should only be notified when a grade has been issued, don't you think? Could Canvas please stop doing this?
I agree completely! I have muted all grades and comments on Speed Grader, but the students still receive all the annotations as I make them. I feel as if they can watch over my shoulder as I grade. Please offer a fix, Canvas!
You can postpone releasing grades for an assignment and when finished grading, release grades manually. I can't verify that postponing grade release also hides comments. Maybe someone else can chime in.
If students turn off their submission notifications, I wonder if that would apply to grading comments.
I would use the Hide/Post grade tool in Speedgrader or use a manual grading policy.
You could also show your students how to turn off the notifications.