Canvas has implemented a new function to save your frequently used feedback comments. To learn more about the Canvas comment library, please visit the SpeedGrader – Comment Library on the Canvas page in ERNIE.

This new feature can potentially improve an instructor’s efficiency in providing feedback on student work. However, it is important to consider best practices that allow the tool to increase your effectiveness without sacrificing feedback personalization for your students.

Strategies for the Comment Library

Include a space for students’ names in your feedback to prompt you to personalize each comment.


Save sentence starters, but do not plan to provide identical comments for multiple students.


Keep it brief and do not create large paragraphs to save as feedback comments.


Consider using saved comments only as feedback supplements.

For example: Consider saving suggestions you might use to help students connect the assignment to real-world applications to supplement specific feedback you have already typed manually.


Create feedback stems that are designed to be edited.

For example: Save statements that direct students to specific improvements, resources, etc. and be sure to remove any irrelevant content before applying it to a student’s work. Revise saved feedback often! Be aware of course updates by reviewing your IFI module and assignment instructions each term and adjust saved feedback comments as needed.


Trust your gut! If you feel that you are not providing feedback specific enough for a student to apply to their individual assignment, reduce your use of saved comments.

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