Faculty Responsibilities

  • DocViewer Annotation Tool
  • Assignment Comments
  • Quality Feedback

DocViewer Annotation Tool

These mark-up tools draw students’ attention to a specific area on the submission This tool can be found near the top of the page for an assignment. There are several options that can be used to bring attention to specific areas such as:

  • Point Annotation – Leave a point for a specific sentence/word in the document. Use different colors to make different points.
  • Highlight Annotation – Highlight a specific sentence/word in the document. Use different colors to make different points.
  • Text Annotation – Leave a comment in the document.
  • Strikeout Text Annotation – Strike out sentences/words in the document. Use different colors to make different points. Also able to add a comment about the strikeout.
  • Draw Annotation – Free draw any items on the document. Use different colors to make different points.

The DocViewer Annotation Tool is a great supplement and clarifying feature when paired with Assignment Comments. For more information about the DocViewer Tools, select DocViewer Picture for a link to the Canvas Guide.

Interactive Rubrics

Rubrics provide guidance for instructors and students. This tool can be found on the right-hand side. Under the points box, click where it states “rubric”. Students can review the rubric for more detail about assignment expectations. Instructors use the rubric to ensure grades are objective and consistent. Interactive rubrics in Canvas also allow for comments for each criterion.

For additional information on using Interactive Rubrics, read more on Canvas Guide.

Assignment Comments

 

These comments provide feedback about the overall submission. This is a place to alert students that other tools (DocViewer) have additional feedback. This tool can be found underneath the rubric. Typically, on the right-hand side. Faculty have the opportunity to add additional resources such as:

  • Submit button. Select submit to post the comment for students to see.
  • If there is a red asterisk (*) next to the comment, this is an indication that the comment was not submitted. The student will not be able to view the comment until it has been submitted.
  • Add media such as a video or audio recording
  • Add Files such as articles and documents

If an extension is granted for an assignment, specific due dates, updates to the assignment, and/or penalties can be stated in this area.

For additional information on using Assignment Comments, read more on Canvas Guide.

Quality Feedback

  1. Using these tools to provide feedback will allow students to understand how an assignment was graded.
  2. Using these tools to provide feedback will allow students to use this information to improve on future assignments.
  3. Using these tools to provide feedback will continue the opportunity for students to increase their knowledge on the subject matter. 


The DocViewer, Interactive Rubrics, and Assignment Comments are tools that should be used to provide feedback and comments on student assignments. Utilization of these tools is not only expected but more importantly provides timely and quality opportunities for student learning and growth.

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