Comment History & The Feed

AP can do more than just insert comments into your favorite feedback and commenting solutions.

Users on a free trial, AP+ paid users, and institutional users can use AP’s Comment History feature to speed up feedback and further engage students. Check out this video overview of how to use Comment Histories & The Feed:

AP can optionally save ALL the margin comments you create in Google Docs or Canvas SpeedGrader, automatically adding them to your AP Feed from which you can easily add them to one of your AP Comment Libraries. This includes formatted Comments that you can draft in the Free Form editor to insert in spots that don’t support formatting natively like Google Docs or Canvas SpeedGrader. With History ON, any comment added to student work using AP’s Free Form text entry option will also be saved.

Supercharge Canvas SpeedGrader

AP’s Comment History goes one step further in Canvas SpeedGrader: optionally save Comments along with the course, assignment, and student associated with the feedback. Why do this? You’ll get analytics at the course and assignment level AND a history of all your feedback (across multiple assignments and even courses, potentially) for each of your students. Fantastic for student conferences or remembering whether or not you provided feedback on a specific issue on an earlier draft.

Save to the Feed via Margin Comments (Chrome)

In order to save content to The Feed, Comment History needs to be enabled. To turn on (or off) Comment History, open the Chrome Extension > Gear Icon > Settings > History.

There are two options for History. Anonymized will only store the Comment text but no other data. Student History will also save information about the context of the Comment (where available such as in SpeedGrader). 

In Google Docs, with Comment Histories on, just type into a comment bubble and AP will save the text to your Feed.

This comment will get saved to The Feed. 

In Canvas SpeedGrader just type into a comment bubble, rubric comment, or overall comment and AP will save the text to your Feed.

Just comment in SpeedGrader as you always would…and AP will save your text!

Saving Free Form Comments

Microsoft Word:

In Microsoft Word (including Word inside Teams), AP+ or institutional users can turn on a nice big text entry area. Simply highlight text in the Word document, type your comment into the Free Form text entry area, click Insert and your text appears in the document AND is saved to your Feed.

The Comment was typed in the Freeform box. Upon clicking Insert it was added as a Comment AND saved to The Feed.

Comment History can be set to Off, On: Anonymized, or On: Doc Data. To control which option is enabled, click on the Gear Icon > Settings and then enable either Anonymized or Doc Data (if neither are enabled no History will be saved). 

On: Anonymized will save all content you insert via the Freeform box to The Feed, but won’t contain any details about the context it was given in.

On: Doc Data will save all content you insert via the Freeform box to The Feed. It will also use the data from the Word document, such as the author’s name, to provide you with some additional context or to be able to see what past feedback you’ve given a specific student.

Google Chrome:

In AP’s Chrome Extension, Free Form commenting can be turned on so a text entry box appears in the pop-up and the AP toolbar (see screenshot below). In Google Docs, or other supported platforms, highlight text and then type your comment into the Free Form box, then click Insert. Along with having a bigger area in which to type and edit, you’ll also automatically save your new comment to your Feed.

Note: in the AP Chrome Extension the text entry box is plain text, since many commenting solutions do not yet support text formatting in margin comments.

The Free Form text entry area in AP for Chrome

Accessing The Feed

At any point, visit your Comment Feed to select the Comments you’d like to promote to become reusable. Just add them to a Library and Group – editing them to make sure they’re appropriate and generalized.

You can access The Feed by clicking on “Comment Feed” from the AP Chrome Extension or from the “Visit your Feed” button in the Word App’s Lightning menu.

Adding to a Library from The Feed

Comments that have been saved to Comment History will have a toggle switch next to them. Comments inserted from a Library or with Comment History turned off will not have a toggle switch. 

Notice the toggle switch next to the latest comments. 

Select the Comments you would like to save. You will be able to edit them in the next step. We will add them to a group. If you are adding Comments to multiple groups you can do this process multiple times or you can add them all to one group and then use the move Comment function to reorganize everything inside the Library.

Pop-up After That Appears After Clicking Add

From the ensuing pop-up you will select the Active Library and Group where you want to save the new Comments. You will need to create a Label for each Comment. You can also edit the text to make the comment more easily re-usable. You can set the Comment as a Favorite if you would like.

View History in the Toolbar

To view the Comments you’ve previously sent to a particular student (via SpeedGrader or Word) you need to make the History view visible in the toolbar settings. 

To make the History visible click on the AP extension > the Gear menu > History Position. 

Note: History position must match the toolbar position in order for the History to be visible. For example, if History is set to Top and the toolbar is set to Right then no history will be visible.