[Athen] Canvas Speed Grader Dark Mode?

Stager, Catherine Catherine.Stager at frontrange.edu
Wed Oct 28 09:42:31 PDT 2020

Don’t know that a fix for Speedgrader can be found, as it shows an image of the submission, but using Gradebook you can go to the Assignment and then download all the submissions. The submissions would then be available in Word, (assuming .doc submission). Not a clean solution, nor as efficient as Speedgrader, but doable. I always had to download the assignments of my students because I had to see the Alt text they ascribed to their graphics, as it was part of their grade.
We have had some luck with users who just need it not so bright white by using Chrome extension, ColorOverlay, but this would not be a solution in this case.

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Sorry for the cross-listing but I am completely stumped by this one...

I had a faculty member reach out and ask for help - he is mostly blind and requires a dark background with light text.

We just switched to Canvas and, while most of Canvas works with tools like Dark Mode and High Contrast, the documents in SpeedGrader are not affected by the apps so are still black on white.

The High Contrast Extension in Chrome will work for the first one but then breaks when he moves to the next.

Has anyone else dealt with this issue or have any advice or tools that I could share with him?


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