There are two ways to communicate with students regarding their assignment submissions and grades using the Gradebook in Canvas.

  • First, use the Gradebook to send quick messages to students. Message subjects are filtered based on specific assignment categories: Haven’t submitted yet, Haven’t been graded, Scored less than [point value], and Scored more than [point value]. Instructors can send messages to remind students who have not submitted an assignment that a due date is coming up, encourage students who didn’t score well on an assignment, and clarify misconceptions. Each student will receive an individual message even though the message will be sent to multiple students at the same time. This is a very convenient and time-saving tool especially for instructors who teach large classes.
  • Second, leave feedback comments for student submissions using text, an attached file, video, or audio in SpeedGrader. Instructors can access an assignment in SpeedGrader directly from the Gradebook. By using this tool, instructors are able to provide students with timely feedback and have a conversation with the student about their submissions. Students can also interact with their instructor and engage in ongoing conversations utilizing the same functions. In addition, SpeedGrader enables instructors to preview and annotate online submissions within Canvas, similar to the “Track Changes” feature in Microsoft Word. Instructors can add annotations to the submitted file without downloading it from Canvas, which saves time for instructors.