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November, 2012:

Commenting on student papers made easy in Canvas

It used to be that you needed to download student papers to insert comments, highlights, but no more! Now you can easily do all your student paper editing within Canvas with no downloading or uploading required.

The SpeedGrader in Canvas allows you to comment, draw, and more for each student paper right within your browser. You can easily move from one student paper to the next for each assignment and even add audio and video comments. There’s a screen capture included below of a sample paper in the SpeedGrader


The commenting feature works for .docx, .doc and PDF files, and students can download the comments and the papers as an annotated PDF by previewing the assignment.

Transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas

When do I need to move my content from Blackboard to Canvas? How do I move my Blackboard content to Canvas? Will my Blackboard content look at the same in Canvas? These are all great questions! Here are some quick tips and info about moving from Blackboard to Canvas.

1. You can move your content over at any time. All of your Canvas courses are available for winter and soon spring quarter, so you can begin moving your content over using the Canvas import tool. You can access Canvas at http://canvas.uw.edu. It’s probably best to plan on moving your courses over prior to summer 2013 when no new Blackboard courses will be created. After Dec. 31, 2013, Blackboard will be shut down.

2.  Course files, assignments, grade center columns, discussion forum prompts, tests and web links move over well from Blackboard to Canvas. It’s best to move course files separately to make it easier to use them in Canvas. Your Blackboard content will be organized differently in Canvas, but the essential core course concepts of assignments, grading, communicating etc. should hopefully be familiar enough to make it easier to make the transition. Here are the essential procedures to move these Blackboard elements over.

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