[New Quizzes] Allow File Upload Question Submissions to be Previewed in Speedgrader

In most contexts, when a file such as a Word document or PDF is linked in Canvas, a preview button is added alongside the filename, which allows the user to preview the file in-line without downloading the file:

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However, this is not the case for file-upload question submissions, which must be downloaded by the grader in order to be viewed in both quizzes:

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and New Quizzes.

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In order to streamline the process of grading file upload question submissions, Canvas should add the ability to preview file upload attachments in-line in the speedgrader for New/Classic Quizzes.

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There is another similar idea to this wandering around (that the file upload can be run through Turnitin/text matching.). 

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Indeed, New Quizzes: Allow use of turnitin is worth a look! Thanks, @sharon_kitching !

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Yes please make this a feature. It is necessary for courses that require a file upload for exams.

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Please! We're trying to promote the idea of switching to New Quizzes based on these great new question types, and an early adapter was excited about the file upload until he realized it's taking longer to get to these to grade than anticipated...

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it is a useful feature that maybe implemented !!

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This would save hours of time in big classes for faculty to access Quiz uploads in SpeedGrader automatically rather than downloading, saving, and opening each file, and then transferring a grade to the quiz.  Uploads under Assignments do show up in SpeedGrader, but there is no ability to set a test time limits.  You can get around this by having students Embed Images into Quiz answers which do show up in SpeedGrader, but it puts the burden on students to convert files to image files and to figure out the Embed function which is a multi-step process.

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I would very much like this feature; I want to be able to comment and annotate files inside speed grader for quiz uploads, so that I can give students feedback more than a score.  Right now to do this I have to download all the files, annotate each one in a separate program, then reupload (being careful to match the student to the exam) in a comment for each student.  For a small class this is doable; for a large class it is a big impediment.

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Currently, when a quiz question is created that requires student to upload their answers as a pdf file, the instructor is able to edit (make corrections to) students' work.  However, students cannot see this on their end so they're not getting the feedback that could help their understanding of their work.   

Instructors should be able to grade file upload questions that were submitted as a pdf, and students should be able to see their corrections.