The Four Types of Assignment Comments in SpeedGrader

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The Four Types of Assignment Comments in SpeedGrader 

Canvas SpeedGrader allows you to annotate student submissions to provide feedback. You can use a variety of tools (including a highlighter, text annotation, and a pen tool) directly on the document to thoroughly explain your comments to a student. For more information about using those tools, check out Canvas’ information on adding annotated comments in SpeedGrader

But did you know that you have options for how you leave overall feedback comments to students in the “Assignment Comments” section? You have four options on the comments you leave there: text comments, file comments, media comments, and text comments via speech recognition.  

A screenshot of the Assignment Comments area on the right panel in SpeedGrader with each option labeled.  

1. Text comments 

Use this feature to type your comments directly into the text field. This is a great place to write an overall feedback comment to your student. Canvas also now lets you create a library of frequently used comments to quickly incorporate into your feedback. Check out Canvas Update: SpeedGrader Comment Library for more details.  

2. File comments 

Use this button to upload a file from your computer. We recommend you do your annotations directly in SpeedGrader, but this feature can be useful if you have a file you need to deliver directly to an individual student. 

3. Media comments 

With this button, you can record or upload a video or audio comment for your student. This is a great option for another way to get some face-to-face time with your students, especially in an online course. To record an audio comment, you just need to turn off your video with the “webcam” button.  

4. Text comments (via speech recognition) 

When you click this button, it allows you to speak your text comments aloud, and it will transcribe them for you. Note: This feature only works when you use Canvas in Google Chrome.  

For more information on the kinds of feedback comments you can leave in this area, check out the Canvas documentation on leaving feedback comments for student submissions in SpeedGrader. How have you used these kinds of comments in your course? Have you found one type that works particularly well for you? Please share your experiences in the comments below!  

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