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Overview

The interface in an online class provides lots of options for giving students feedback on their work. On this page, we review the navigation and tools available for critiquing work of various kinds.

(warning)  The "Notes" Critiquing Interface has replaced the Whiteboard

As of Spring 2018, Notes has replaced the old Flash-based whiteboard, which will no longer be available for creating new mark-up. However, students (and instructors) will still be able to see the whiteboard mark-up created in past semester.

Reviewing Uploaded Files

When students submit their homework online, they will do so by making a post and — most likely — by attaching one or more files to their post. Attached files are represented by thumbnails. 

Images can be viewed and critiqued from within the interface.

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Video and audio files
in certain formats can also be played and critiqued from within the interface.

 
Files that the browser cannot read must be downloaded for review.

Critiquing Images & Videos with "Notes"

As of Fall 2016, a new tool called "Notes" lets you annotate students’ images by adding callouts, along with text, audio, or video commentary. And you can do all this from your smartphone or tablet! (Or your computer, of course.)

Notes replaces the old Flash-based whiteboard, which will no longer be available for creating new mark-up. However, students (and instructors) will still be able to see the whiteboard mark-up created in past semester.

A Fall 2017 update addressed an issue with the drawing tools.

Summer 2017 brought a curved-line tool, as well as more efficient navigation, to the Notes tool.

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Finally, in Spring 2018, we completed work on the Notes critiquing interface by adding video mark-up tools

Please Note:

  • In addition to frame-by-frame visual markup, you can use video and audio recording tools to comment on individual frames.
  • The video mark-up tool currently supports videos in mp4, flv, mov, webm, and avi formats. Please contact the Online Help Desk, if your students are submitting videos in a format that is not on this list.
  • From now on, the old Flash-based whiteboard will no longer be available. Students will still be able to view mark-up their instructors made with the whiteboard in past semesters, but the whiteboard can no longer be used for new critiques.

Adding Comments

You can also use the Add Comment button to post feedback about a student's work, especially if you are reviewing files that cannot be critiqued in the Whiteboard.

Adding a comment is also a way to participate in the general class discussion about this student's work.

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Replying With Quotes (Critiquing Text)

If your students are submitting written work by typing or pasting text into a post, you can use the "Reply with Quotes" option to mark up and comment on their work. Reply with Quotes is only available as a response to posts, not as a means of replying to other comments. 

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Like all comments, those you make using "Reply with Quotes" are displayed underneath the original post

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