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Blog Post: 5 Tips to Improve and Deliver Online Canvas Feedback (Staff)

Blog Post: 5 Tips to Improve and Deliver Online Canvas Feedback (Staff)

Technology can often be used to save time and improve processes. Delivering online feedback in Canvas is just one way you can save time and provide consistent and engaging feedback. In this post you’ll find lots of useful tips on how to deliver feedback and marks for Canvas assignments:


Grade Post Policies

There’s a new process to hide assignment grades from students until all marking is complete. This ensures students all receive feedback at the same time. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the new process, or if you have any additional questions, get in touch with ltsupport@ljmu.ac.uk.


Speedgrader Annotations

Familiarise yourself with the annotation tools in speedgrader. They are easy to use and a great way of quickly providing contextualised feedback to students. Just click on a specific section of the document and start typing. It’s that simple. There are lots of tools available from highlighting text, to free drawing on the document. Have a look at the various annotation tools by clicking on the above link.


Speech Recognition

Use the Chrome speech recognition tool to provide quick personalised feedback to students.  Typing out feedback allows you to jot down your thoughts in a much quicker way than writing out feedback. Speech recognition is the obvious next step, we’re already talking to Alexa, so why not Canvas? It requires you to use the Chrome browser and a microphone, but that’s it. Simply click the button and you’re away – review student work by talking into the microphone and let Chrome do the hard work by converting this into text. The process is really quick – faster than typing this out yourself. Sound too good to be true – well there is a small catch, don’t try this if you’ve got a strong accent – Chrome can be creative.



Use Rubrics to deliver consistent feedback to students in an efficient manner. A rubric is a tabulated grid of pre-set criterion. A rubric needs to be created in advance of marking and added to your assignment. They can be shared across modules for consistency, but it also ensures that students receive the same individual feedback across several levels of competency. But there’s also room for personalised feedback, just use the free-form comments version to provide feedback across several sets of criteria. See our Good Practice Guide: Get Ready for Rubrics


Multiple Markers

If you’re running a large module with 200+ students, there will probably be more than one marker on the course.  Learn how to group students for marking via the Grades section in Canvas.

Also see:

Below you will find additional guides to help you during the assessment period:

  • Assignment Anonymity – Canvas facilitates the anonymous submission and online marking of work. See this Canvas guide for more information: How do I add an assignment that includes anonymous grading?
  • Sending Downloaded Work to Print for Marking – Learn how to download and send submissions to the print room: Printing Canvas Coursework
  • Using Turnitin – Full guidance on how to use Turnitin and Canvas is available here: Staff – Turnitin and plagiarism
  • Student Comments on Feedback – Canvas Assignments facilitates student engagement with your feedback by allowing them request further clarification. If they do this, an email will be sent to your LJMU outlook address. Please see the following guide: Student Comments on Feedback

Need additional help?

Canvas are available to help 24/7, and can help either by phone (+4-800-069-8618) or chat.