Annotate student submissions to assignments

Annotate student submissions to assignments

Instructors can now use the built-in annotation toolbar in Assignments to provide contextual feedback with highlighting, free hand drawing, shapes, and associated commenting. This allows instructors to complete all their evaluation and feedback work directly in Assignments, without the need to use any external tools or applications. Annotations remain editable until the feedback is published by the instructor. If instructors want to add additional feedback after publishing, they can update the annotations and re-publish them. The main features of the annotations toolbar is highlighted below. Click on the picture to look at it with full screen view.

The features available in the annotations Toolbar are:

  • Text Highlighting
  • Freehand Drawing
  • Text Annotation
  • Note Annotation
Selected settings will be kept until a new setting selection is made.

Instructors can now easily mark up text on a document via an intuitive highlight menu with support for highlighting, strikethrough, and underlining.

Select the text which you would like to highlight.

You can now highlight, strikethrough or underline the statement.

Using the pen tool, you can draw anywhere on a document, move, resize, and change appearance — including color, thickness, and opacity.

You can also add text anywhere on a document. Move, resize, and change appearance — including font, size, alignment, and color.

You can add longer comments, which can be collapsed or expanded, to a document. Change appearance with a variety of shapes and colors.

Clicking anywhere else on the screen will collapse the note.

By default, annotations are turned on, however if you wish to turn them off, follow these steps:


  1.  Go to Assignments and from the drop down menu select Edit Assignment
  2. Scroll down and uncheck the following from Annotation Tools.

Publishing the feedback

After finishing your annotations you can then click on Publish and students will be able to see their assignment submission feedback with the annotations. You can learn more about how students can see the feedback by clicking here.

If you want to learn more about annotating learner assignment submissions you can watch this video.

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