Using Annotations for Grading Assignment Submissions


About Annotations

A Note About Accessibility

D2L Annotations 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.

Instructors can annotate student work directly within the Assignment tool using the Annotations toolbar. The Annotations toolbar will appear at the top of the page when you view a submission. Annotations allow Instructors to markup student work and provide detailed comments inline.

    Features of the Annotation Tool include:
  • Text Highlighting
  • Text Strikethrough
  • Text Underlining
  • Freehand Drawing
  • Text Annotation
  • Note Annotation
    Files Types Compatible with Annotations
  • Word documents
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • PDF files
  • Excel spreadsheets
  • Images
Selecting the drawing annotation.

Using Annotations for Grading Assignment Submissions

Instructors can use the Annotations tool to provide students with feedback inline, without the need to download and re-upload the student work. When you have completed annotating the file, remember to add a score (for a graded assignment), feedback (if desired), then select Publish or Save Draft before moving on to grade the next student.

Layout of the annotations panel.
  1. Document View: Thumbnails (default), Outline, Bookmarks.
  2. Page forward and back: Access specific pages of a multi-page document.
  3. Page Layout: Page Mode, Page Transition, Page Rotation.
  4. Pan Mode: Drag the page up and down.
  5. Zoom Out/Zoom In: Zoom in and out of the document.
  6. Fit Page: Fit the document page to the annotation tool window.
  7. Annotations: Annotation tools include:
    • Drawing, Freeform Highlight, Text Highlight, Eraser
    • Note
    • Text
    • Line, Arrow, Rectangle
  8. Print: Print the file.
  9. Search Document: Search the file for specific terms.
  10. Download: Download the file.
  11. Toggle Fullscreen: View the file in fullscreen.

Removing Annotations

Note: Annotations must be removed one at a time. If you have added multiple layers of annotations, each layer will need to be removed separately by following the steps below.

    To remove an Annotation mark:
  1. Select the annotation mark to be removed.
  2. Select the Trash Icon.
  3. Select Ok to confirm.

In the example below, I wish to remove the Note. Select the Note, then select the Trash icon.

Removing an annotation in my example.