How do I use Crocodoc in the SpeedGrader™?

If your admin has enabled Crocodoc for your institution, you can use Crocodoc within SpeedGrader™. Crocodoc is a tool that allows instructor and peer review annotations on online assignment submissions in Canvas. When students submit an assignment, the file is uploaded as an assignment submission to SpeedGrader. If you do not have access to Crocodoc, please contact your Canvas admin.

When you open a submission, Crocodoc will automatically save any annotations made to the submission file for one hour. You can restart a Crocodoc session at any time by refreshing the submission page or navigating to another submission. To help you avoid losing work, Canvas will generate a session expiration warning after 50 minutes.

Compatible Crocodoc Files

If a student submits a file that is not compatible with Crocodoc, the document previewer will still display the file, but Crocodoc markup and commenting will not be available.

Canvas supports .doc/.docx, .ppt/.pptx, and .pdf Crocodoc file formats (.xls/.xlsx is not available at this time).

Notes:

  • Files over 100MB and password-protected files will not be converted by Crocodoc
  • Crocodoc annotations cannot be viewed on Canvas mobile apps at this time

View SpeedGrader Submission

When you open the SpeedGrader™, you will see the Crocodoc preview in the submission window [1]. You can still download the original submission through the SpeedGrader™ [2], grade the submission [3], and add a comment (text, file, or media) [4]. When you are finished, click Submit Comment [5].

View Crocodoc Tools

  1. The Magnifying Glass icon allow you to zoom in and out on the submission.
  2. The Comment icon allows you to add comments on the submission.
  3. The Download icon allows you to download the submission file and/or the annotated submission file.
  4. The Page arrow icon help you advance through the submission to find the page you want to annotate.

Select Comment Type

Select Comment Type

From the Comment tool menu, you can leave comments as a Point Comment [1], Area Comment [2], or Text Comment [3].

Add Point Comment

Once you have selected the Point Comment, click in the desired area of the submission to make a comment.

Note: Click Delete to remove the comment. Also, when you see the four-direction arrow appear after clicking on the annotation, you can right-click to remove it.

Select Area & Add Comment

Once you have selected the Area Comment, click and drag the rectangle around an area in the submission to give feedback.

Note: Click Delete to remove the comment. Also, when you see the four-direction arrow appear after clicking on the annotation, you can right-click to remove it.

Add Highlight & Text Comment

Once you have selected the Text Comment, click, drag, and release your cursor to highlight words in the submission. The highlighted area will then show a text box where you can give feedback.

Note: Click the Delete link to remove the comment. Also, when you see the four-direction arrow appear after clicking on the annotation, you can right-click to remove it.

Choose Draw Tool

The Draw [1] tool lets you make free-hand annotations. You can choose from four different colors [2]. Click Complete when you are finished marking the submission. Click Cancel if you need to start over [3]. Click the annotation and press delete (MAC) or backspace (PC) to delete the annotation. Also, when you see the four-direction arrow appear after clicking on the annotation, you can right-click to remove it.

Add Highlight

The Highlight tool lets you select text to highlight. Click, drag, and release your cursor to highlight text. You can choose from four different colors [2]. Click the highlight marking and press delete (MAC) or backspace (PC) to delete the highlight annotation. Also, when you see the four-direction arrow appear after clicking on the annotation, you can right-click to remove it.

Add Text Directly on Submission

The Text tool [1] lets you add text directly on the submission [2]. You can choose different colors and font sizes [3]. Click the text box and press delete (MAC) or backspace (PC) to delete the text box. Also, when you see the four-direction arrow appear after clicking on the annotation, you can right-click to remove it.

Strikeout Text

The Strikeout tool lets you click, drag, and release your cursor to strikeout text. Click the strikeout annotation and press delete (MAC) or backspace (PC) to delete the strikeout. Also, when you see the four-direction arrow appear after clicking on the annotation, you can right-click to remove it.

Download File

To download the file, click the download icon [1]. You can either download the original file [2], which is the original submission without your comments, or the annotated PDF file [3], which will show all your comments and/or annotations.

Note: When you download a Crocodoc file, it will be saved as doc.[file format]. For example, if a submission was myassignment.doc, the downloaded file will be doc.doc. In order to easily find the Crocodoc file in the future, it would be beneficial to rename the downloaded file on your computer.

Student View: Submission Details

Students see annotations by viewing the Submission Details. Students need to click the View Feedback button [1] to view the annotations. Students can reply [2] to comments and leave other feedback [3].

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