Turnitin-Enabled Assignments and SpeedGrader **Updated**

An update to the previous post about a resolution – Some students are still experiencing assignment submissions not appearing in SpeedGrader. Canvas and Turnitin on working on a resolution. Please send information about any incidents of this issue to LDT. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Canvas recently extended the time that it waits before requesting the submission and originality report from Turnitin. Canvas now waits five minutes instead of the previous 60 seconds. This time extension should help alleviate some of the current issues. The previous time sometimes resulted in the submission and originality report request being sent before the submission was ready for processing, and the submission or originality report wouldn’t appear in SpeedGrader. Canvas and Turnitin hope to have a long-term fix in place before the fall semester.

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Turnitin recently deployed a code to help alleviate of an issue with some student submissions not appearing in SpeedGrader. The code will cause Canvas to wait 60 seconds before requesting a Turnitin submission to be presented in SpeedGrader. This should reduce the issue described below.

If any of your students experience the issue below, please contact us with the course name/number, student’s name, and assignment name.

Issue description:
There have been reports of some student submissions of Turnitin-enabled assignments not appearing in SpeedGrader. Canvas and Turnitin are working diligently to resolve this issue. In the meantime, if one of your students experiences this, please contact Learning Design and Technology with the course name and section, student name, and assignment. We will report the issue to Canvas.

There is an alternate way to grade affected students’ submissions.

1. From the assignment, in your Assignment Inbox, find the student.
2. Click the download button next to the student’s name. You can view the Originality Report by clicking the percentage.
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3. Type the student’s grade and comments in the GradeBook (Course > Grades).

We will update this post once a resolution has been made.

Please contact us with any questions about Canvas.

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Using Firefox for Grading

You can absolutely use Firefox to grade items in SpeedGrader. Chrome is preferred, but there are plenty of faculty who use Firefox without any issues. There are a couple things to keep in mind when using Firefox for grading.

  • To avoid losing any annotations, click off the comment and onto the screen before moving to the next student.
  • When entering a grade, make sure you see the page refresh before moving to the next student.

Contact LDT with questions about Canvas.

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Student Viewed Feedback Report Available in SpeedGrader

When you add annotations in SpeedGrader to a student’s submission, you can view if and when the student has viewed the feedback. Students can view feedback by clicking the View Feedback button from Grades. Please note that you can only add annotations to specific file types, such as Word and PDF documents.

Instructor View

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Student View

To view the feedback, students click Grades, and then the assignment.
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Unsupported File Type View

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Canvas: How Students See Comments Made Directly on Assignment Submissions

One of the great things about Canvas is that faculty can comment directly on assignment submissions. Anything you can do with a red pen, you can do in Canvas. However, one thing we are finding, is that it’s not necessarily intuitive for students to find these mark-ups.

Here’s how they find them, AND where the confusion may lie.

1.From on the Dashboard, they can see on the “To-Do” bar anything that has been recently graded/commented on from any course they have.

Student Feedback 12. They can select the name of the assignment, where they will be taking to the “Submission Details” for that assignment.

Student Feedback 23. From here, they can see their score, general feedback you have provided (not on the paper), and a turnitin report if you chose to allow them to view it. To view comments that were made directly on the paper, they would simply choose “View Feedback.”

Student Feedback 3Now, here may be where the confusion is coming in. When students don’t go to this via the “Dashboard” (like above), they have a bit of a different experience.

For example, if, which is most likely, a student goes to access the assignment via the course and the “Assignments” link.

Student Feedback 4They are taken to the “Assignment Submission” page. This page indicated the assignment details (points, due dates…etc,), allows them to turn the assignment in, and gives them the score/general feedback (if provided).

HOWEVER, if they want to get the comments made on the paper, they need to select “Submission Details.” This is no necessarily intuitive for students if they do not already know to go there. Once they choose “Submission Details,” they are taken the screen from step 2 above.

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Canvas: Compatible File Formats (re: Commenting in SpeedGrader)

One of the great features of Canvas is the ability to markup student assignments directly within the Canvas SpeedGrader (Check out the documentation on the Canvas website to see this in action). One thing to keep in mind is that this “markup” capability only works with certain file types. If a student submits a file in an unsupported file type, you will not be able to mark up the assignment within Canvas.

Supported file types:

  • PDF
  • Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx)

Excel (.xls/.xlsx) is currently in “Beta” (testing) and did not work when I tested it.

If a student submits an assignment in the proper file format, you will have the “commenting” features available (see below). Speedgrader 1Speedgrader 1

If the student submits a file type that is not compatible, the file will still most likely display (depending on the format), you just will not have the “Comment” buttons. There will also be an “error” message that says “Annotations are not available for this document.”

Speedgrader 2 Speedgrader 2So, even if a student submits an unsupported file type, you can still view/grade it in Canvas, you just can’t “markup” the assignment. If you plan on using the commenting features in SpeedGrader extensively, you will need to have your students save their assignments in a compatible file format.

 

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