Use Annotations for Instructor Feedback in the Assignments Tool

TCU Online allows for the annotation of document submissions inside of your course without having to download student work. Below is an overview of the Annotation toolbar and its features. This tool is only available to individuals who are able evaluate student work in the course.

Important Note about Accessibility: The Annotations tool does not currently meet WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines. If you have a student who uses a screen reader or has a documented accommodation, please continue to use the Comments field for feedback or download the assignment and make changes to the Word document itself to share with that student.

  1. In the Assignments tool, click on New Assignment, Select the title on the Evaluation and Feedback panel.
    Assignment Evaluation and Feedback
  2. Annotation Tool (on by default). If you wish to use the annotation tool, check the box for Make annotation tools available for assessment.
    Assignment Annotation checkbox
  3. Click Save and Close.
  4. In the Assignments tool, click the context menu next to the assignment name and then click View Submissions.

 

3. Click on a student submission.

4. A toolbar will appear above the document. Clicking on the icon on the far left will toggle a frame that gives a preview of the pages in the document.

5. To navigate from one page to the next, use the page selection buttons in the toolbar.

6. Use the hand icon to navigate between pages by clicking on the document and dragging it up or down.

7. Use the magnifying glass icons to zoom in and out on the document.

8. The Fit Width/Fit Page button is a zoom function that toggles the paper view from fitting the whole page into the frame, or fitting it to the width of the frame.

9. Use the Pen button to write free-hand on the document with your mouse/stylus. Once Pen is selected, a toolbar containing color, width, and transparency settings will appear. Simply click and drag to write on the document.

10. Use the Highlighter button to highlight free-hand on the document with your mouse. Once Highlighter is selected, a toolbar containing color, width, and transparency settings will appear. Simply click and drag to highlight on the document.

11. use the Note button to place a note (comments) on the document.  Once the instructor has selected the Note button, a toolbar containing color and marker icon settings will appear. The instructor can then type text into the note field. When the student hovers over the note icon in their document, they will see the instructor note / comments.

12. Use the Text button to add text anywhere on the document. Once the Text button is selected, a toolbar containing color, transparency, font type, font size and text alignment settings will appear. The instructor can then type directly on the document.

13. Use the Line button to add a line anywhere on the document. Once the Line button is selected, a toolbar containing color, transparency, thickness, and line type settings will appear.

14. Instructors can print the document by click the Print button.

15. To search the text of the document, click the Magnifying Glass on the right side of the toolbar.

16. To download the document, click Download.

If you have comments/questions about the annotations in assignments tool, please contact TCU Online Support.