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mlehman1
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Disable student comments on assignments

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Hi all, is there a way to disable student comments on assignments? I find that students use the comment option to ask questions that they should be emailing me, and I'd rather them not have the option to comment.

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dhulsey
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Hey,  @mlehman1 ‌! You cannot disable submission comments. You do have two pretty good options for managing this communication piece though: 

1. You can set up your notifications and have them forwarded to your email: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10029-4152719738?sr=search&searchId=02098123-9a6d-41da-a3a6...‌ Note that you can reply to the email you receive to answer the student.

2. You can view and reply to the submission comments from your Canvas inbox: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10007-4152719688?sr=search&searchId=7d57c450-6fc7-4586-9787...

I hope that helps! 

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dhulsey
Adventurer II

Hey,  @mlehman1 ‌! You cannot disable submission comments. You do have two pretty good options for managing this communication piece though: 

1. You can set up your notifications and have them forwarded to your email: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10029-4152719738?sr=search&searchId=02098123-9a6d-41da-a3a6...‌ Note that you can reply to the email you receive to answer the student.

2. You can view and reply to the submission comments from your Canvas inbox: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10007-4152719688?sr=search&searchId=7d57c450-6fc7-4586-9787...

I hope that helps! 

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I set the assignment availability date so that students cannot submit work late.  However, they still seem to be able to access and send a submission comment after the due date and several have started turning in late work that way by attaching files (even in file formats I did not allow for the assignment) after the due date, with their apologies for the late submissions and requests that I consider accepting them.  If I can't prevent submission comments, is there a way I can prevent them from attaching anything to a submission comment to avoid receiving late work?  If not, what do you suggest I do about students turning in late work this way?  Thanks. 

jstubbs
Community Member

I have the same question.  Students use the comment box on an assignment to ask a question.  The problem is, I have it forwarded it to me as an email, but it does not state the assignment.  I want students to have to email me.  How do you disable the comment box for students?

Joanie, can you clarify this: 

but it does not state the assignment.

I just checked an email notification and the link to the Submission Comments interface appears at the bottom of the notification.

291113_link to submission.png

When the instructor clicks on the assignment name in the breadcrumb trail, full assignment details display.

Are you seeing something other than this? 

jstubbs
Community Member

I do not see what your screenshot shows. This is what I see:

Mrs. Joanie Stubbs

Julian Charter School

Social Studies Specialist

English Specialist

Educational Facilitator

jstubbs@juliancharterschool.org <jstubbs@juliancharterschool.org>

951-395-0225 ext: 610021

760-765-5500 ext. 610021

On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 9:47 AM, stefaniesanders <instructure@jiveon.com>

The "Click here to review this submission" link appears at the bottom of your screenshot.

jstubbs
Community Member

I do understand that. However, I don't want students to be able to leave a

comment in the assignment. I want them to have to email me. Is there a

way to disable the comment section for students, but not for me?

Mrs. Joanie Stubbs

Julian Charter School

Social Studies Specialist

English Specialist

Educational Facilitator

jstubbs@juliancharterschool.org <jstubbs@juliancharterschool.org>

951-395-0225 ext: 610021

760-765-5500 ext. 610021

On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 11:17 AM, stefaniesanders <instructure@jiveon.com>

Ah, I see,  @jstubbs ‌; thanks for clarifying. The answer marked "Correct" in this thread is still correct; I just wanted to make sure you knew that the submission comment in the email notification provides a pathway to the assignment itself.

amy_cully
Surveyor

Since this feature is unable to be disabled, then at least can the notification of the comment be improved? Currently students can leave comments on assignments, and, as I understand it, the only notification an instructor gets of this is via an email (or text if that is an option to them).  I shouldn't have to log in to my email to know what messages/comments I'm receiving in Canvas.  I should be able to log in to Canvas for those notifications.  I can see the comment in speedgrader you say?  There is nothing speedy about going through 500+ grade entries to find a comment that may or may not be there.  Same thing goes for any "flagging" that happens in the gradebook.  That is just not realistic.   Students are leaving these comments with the expectation they will get information back, but if the only notification to an instructor is an email where they could have the notification setting to monthly or never, then the expectation of the student will never be met.  

So, if disabling is not an option, then better notification of the existence of comments needs to happen please.