How do I find comments my instructor left in Canvas?

There are many places for instructors to leave comments, so you may want to check with your instructor for clarification as to which was used.  If you prefer video instructions, we have a video in this separate Support Center article.

To retrieve them, head to the Grades menu item in your course. All graded assignments will be listed on this page.  If you prefer, you can save/read more detailed information in a PDF document that is linked at the end of this article in the Attachment area.

Finding Comments from the Grades Menu

The screen capture below illustrates the many areas where a comment can appear.  (In this specific example, the assignment is called "Character Analysis Essay.")  It is unlikely your instructor will use all of these, but the illustration below shows every possible place comments can appear. However, be sure to keep scrolling down for information on embedded comments within the document, further down on this screen.  

Check the five circled numbers in the screen capture below, as shown from the Grades screen; explanations for each are explained within the illustration:

Embedded Comments Within Document

Additionally, many instructors make comments directly within your submitted paper itself using the DocViewer program built into Canvas. To see those comments, click directly on the name of the assignment itself, as shown below:

On the resulting screen, you should see a link called View Feedback (circled below) that will lead to comments within the document itself in Canvas' DocViewer program:




Additional details are provided in the PDF document at the end of this article.

Saving Your Instructor's Comments

It is important to realize that if you ever re-submit your assignment using the Re-submit Assignment button, Canvas will seemingly over-write your original submission with your new one. This will include any embedded commments that your instructor made on your original submission! Therefore, it is recommended that you SAVE the embedded instructor comments by clicking the download button within the DocViewer application:

The saved file can then be opened by the Adobe Reader.

A detailed explanation of submitting an assignment as well as retrieving comments can also be read in the PDF that is attached below.  There is addition information from Canvas' Student Guide that you can read: