I am teaching a course about drugs, and would like my students to be able to ask questions anonymously or provide comments anonymously at any time (ie not attached to an assignment or quiz). How can I accomplish this?
Jonathan, since you don't need this to be tied to an assignment or to the gradebook, you might consider integrating one of the free third-party tools in the EduApps center with your Canvas course. For example, Prulu allows a student to choose to submit a question anonymously, and I'm fairly certain other third-party discussion tools such as Piazza do as well. I have played around with a Prulu integration in one of my courses. You can dedicate a navigation tab to it, and it will open within Canvas (i.e., not in a new tab or window).
Hi Jonathan Zadra,
it seems like you could use an anonymous, ungraded survey (How do I create a survey in my course? ) - simply add a single essay question where they can type their question to you.
I used an ungraded, anonymous survey to conduct a classroom-wide exercise where students could see each other's anonymous work for class feedback. But it's clunky. I couldn't step through one student's responses to another's, for example, without returning to the Quiz home page each time and clicking the Settings tool. This took up a lot of time. I don't think I'll use it for this purpose again.
I wish Canvas allowed anonymous replies in Discussions.
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