The online annotation feedback method allows you to open PDF assignments in your browser (eg Chrome, Firefox, Safari), provide comments and annotations, and save without needing to download and upload submissions into FLO.
Students can submit in either Word, Open Office(.odt) or PDF file format. If they submit in Word, FLO will generate a PDF file, as you will use PDF annotation tools to mark it up online.
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When marking online, you can annotate student assignments, provide a grade and feedback all in the one screen. In the 'individual marking form' for each student, you will see the student's 'Submission status' (eg Submitted for grading – once you have graded the assignment this will change to Graded). Depending on how the assignment activity is set up, you will also see a Grade box, a Feedback comments box (if enabled), and a Feedback files box (if enabled).
Click on the Assignment link in your topic
In the next screen you will see a Grading summary – how many students have submitted, how many need grading etc. Use the Visible/Separate groups box (depending on how the assignment has been set up) to select a group you need
to mark (if applicable)
Click on View all submissions button to see the list of students, and then click on an individual student's submission (Grade button).
Alternatively, you can also go straight to the first student assignment listed in the Grading summary screen, by clicking on the Grade button next to the View submissions button.
To move between students, use the arrows in the Change user box (top of screen) to move to the next student's submission. You can also select a specific student from the drop-down list
Look at the bottom right side of the screen for the individual student – there are options for how the screen is displayed. Your choice will depend on what you want to do at that time – mark the submitted file, complete the feedback file (rubric,
marking guide, checklist), or provide feedback and a grade. You can switch between each of these screens as you mark. How you have set up the assignment (eg with a marking guide/rubric/checklist) will determine your viewing options
The first page of the PDF submission is displayed. The following table outlines the tools and shortcuts available for online annotation:
h = Search comments g = Expand/collapse all comments
Comments – Adds a comment box to the PDF. Once a comment has been typed into a comment box, it can be added into your comment 'quicklist' (see instructions below). Any comments in your quicklist can be quickly inserted again by clicking the small box (top right of the comment box) and selecting a comment from the drop-down list. To delete a comment, click in the small box and choose 'Delete comment' from the menu. Note: The colour of the comment box can be chosen by the comment box colour picker, or by using the shortcut key 'x' to select the colour picker.
Select – Used to move or deleted previously added annotations. (Deleting comments can be done using the comments tool – see above.)
Pen – Adds a freehand colour line to the submission. Note: The colour of the freehand line can be chosen by the colour picker, or by using the shortcut key 'r' to select the colour picker.
Line – Adds a coloured straight line to the submission. Note: The colour of the line can be chosen by the colour picker, or by using the shortcut key 'r' to select the colour picker.
Rectangle – Adds a coloured rectangle to the submission. Note: The colour of the rectangle can be chosen by the colour picker, or by using the shortcut key 'r' to select the colour picker.
Oval - Adds a coloured oval to the submission. Note: The colour of the oval can be chosen by the colour picker, or by using the shortcut key 'r' to select the colour picker.
Highlight – Adds a highlight line to text/images. Note: The colour of the highlight can be chosen by the colour picker, or by using the shortcut key 'r' to select the colour picker.
Stamp – Adds a stamp to the page. The stamp appearance is chosen from the stamp dropdown list. A stamp can either be simply applied by clicking the screen, or by clicking and dragging the stamp to the size you require
Note: Shortcuts are activated by pressing Alt + Shift + the shortcut key.
To navigate between pages, either use the Previous page / Next page buttons, or select a specific page number from the drop-down list activated by selecting the current page number:
Once you have finished online annotation of the submission, you can insert a grade, leave feedback comments or attach feedback files on the same screen:
Save changes on the individual marking form – this will return the annotated document to the student. Note: If the assignment is hidden in the gradebook, the student will not be able to see the feedback file. Grades and feedback are
only made available once the assignment is visible in the gradebook
Add a comment to a quicklist (save time)
Using the comment quicklist can save time when providing comments to submissions using online annotation. To save a regularly used comment to your comments quicklist, complete the following steps.
Select the icon in the comment box of the comment you wish to save
Select 'Add to quicklist' from the menu
To add this comment elsewhere on the document, add a blank comment box and select the icon in the top right corner. All previously saved comments will appear in a list. Select the comment from the quicklist