I would like Canvas to add a Word Count tool so that students can see how many words they've written for an assignment. That word count also needs to be viewable to the instructor when assignments are graded.
Too often, if I tell students, "Write two thorough paragraphs..." there are always those who think three or four short sentences is "thorough." That happens even when I tell them it's not. So, if I were to say "Write at least 300 words..." then there's no room for misinterpretation of how much they need to write.