How do I access a word count for assignments that have been submitted? When students do the original assignment in Word and then paste into Canvas, it seems to mess up the format. Is that correct?
Hello there, Debra Hetschel Welcome to the Canvas Community. Thank you for posting your question. I don't believe that a word count currently exists in the SpeedGrader. In searching the Community for similar threads, I came across this Feature Idea: Word count for Speedgrader (DocViewer) grading. If you feel that this Feature Idea aligns with something you'd want to see implemented by Instructure, I would encourage you to vote for the Feature Idea and maybe even add a comment letting them know why this would be important to you. I know that this might not be the answer you are looking for, but I hope it will help to answer your question. Please let Community members know if you have any questions about this. Thanks Debra.
Debra Hetschel Welcome to the Canvas Community! Chris has given you great information. In addition, I would add that when I was teaching I discouraged my students from copying-and-pasting directly from Word into the Canvas Rich Content Editor (RCE); as you've noted, Word's proprietary code brings a number of unsupported elements into the mix. Instead, I asked them to "scrub" the code either by clicking on the Ix button in the RCE ribbon, and then reformatting in the Canvas RCE, or by using a Word Document to HTML Online Converter . Better yet, if we're talking about an assignment rather than discussion posts, I'd eliminate the Text Entry option and just have them upload the Word documents directly by limiting the assignment to File Upload | Restrict Doc Type | doc,docx,pdf. Those uploads will display properly in SpeedGrader, and you can annotate on them using DocViewer tools.
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