Users want to be able to add annotations to excel-based documents (.xls, .xlsx)
It would definitely be useful to have this feature back as it was present in Crocodoc.
So the information provided on the Box website at File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Prev... - Box needs to be reviewed very carefully. So where it says "Content preview supports 'viewing' the following file types," the use of "viewing" doesn't also mean the ability to "annotate" or "mark up" the document for commenting by the instructor. This is resulting in some confusion at our campus because faculty are interpreting this list provided by Box as meaning that they can annotate on these documents when actually they can only "view" these types of documents. For example, the list of text-based documents in the above-referenced URL does include the (.XLS) and (.XLSX) file extensions for Excel documents, but these are only "viewable" so as an instructor I cannot "annotate" or "mark up" and add comments on Excel documents that can then be reviewed by my students. It sounds like Box has provided a list of the types of documents that can be "viewed," but what about a specific list of those documents that can be annotated (if the list of those "viewable" is different from those that can be "annotated").
Is very important for us to have available the point annotation comment function is this file extension. Most of our students uses this Office tool for make their assignments. Being an improved tool, I do not understand why left out this extension. I suggest integrate as soon as possible. Thank you.
Alejandro Ramos / Tecnológico de Monterrey (tec.mx/en)
Add comments in Excel files is important because its a common file that is used by student and professors.
With previous version (Crocodoc) this was an available feature.
I've just had a lecturer come to me asking why he can no longer add annotations to Excel files. He's an enthusiastic user of learning technology, and has persuaded colleagues in his department to try EMA, but this, along with the other issues with NBV, has made him reluctantly look at returning to paper-based assessments - in his words, going back many years. Each of these issues may seem very small, but faculty get used to using these tools, and to withdraw them mid academic year causes major problems and a bit loss of trust. We NEED to restore this feature to get academics back on side again.
We had an instructor recently ask if this was a bug since they needed it and expected it to have this capacity so we would love it to be a feature like with other file types.
When can we expect the fix for annotating Excel files. I have several Profs that are really hurting right now!
Crocodoc was able to annotate Excel files but now it is gone. I do not know what to tell them. Some of them
I have had to really work on/with to get them to switch to grading online but now I do not know what to tell them.
For now, if someone really needs Excel annotation, if you have a Turnitin License, you could have them create the assignment with TII as a workaround for now but that might be a learning curve if the instructor or the students have never used it and if you don't have the licensing.
Completely agree with the above points. this was present in Crocodoc and needs to return within NBV.
Echoing @Chris Boon's points, removing this mid-year causes loss of trust and consistency in marking for staff and students.
We need more regular updates about the work being carried out between Blackboard and Box. A blog could help here and be something we can point staff towards. Leaving staff with 'TBA' around all of the enhancements (or marginally better 'first half of 2018') simply isn't enough to reassure.
Latest on the main Community thread around NBV
Well said Greg Court-Smith - it's not just the functionality, it's the loss of trust that this causes, and the bigger impacts of this.
And yes, we need regular updates on this. The webinar on 2nd January provided a good insight into some of the progress, but what's happened since then?
This will be a very useful feature.
All I can say is WOW. Way too premature of a move!
On the NBV webinar on 15th February Trey Buck said that Excel annotation support is "In Design" so should hopefully be added to the product in the next few months. Good news - another small step forward in making NBV functionality closer to that of Crocodoc.
We also need this at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. Our professors want to be able to annotate Excel files to give students the highest quality feedback. For now we can use the comment box, but that is not entirely adequate. Crocodoc used to do this.
Just learned of this when an instructor called and asked why the annotation tools were unavailable. This is definitely something that is necessary.
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