Canvas Canvas Assignment - Student AnnotationHow do I create a Student Annotation Assignment?

How do I create a Student Annotation Assignment?

Canvas allows instructors to post a document annotation assignment requiring students to annotate a particular document. The student annotation tools consists of:

Point annotation (any color)
Highlight annotation (any color)
Text annotation (any color, background or font size)
Strikethrough annotation (any color)
Free Draw annotation (any color or line thickness)
Area Select annotation (any color)

These are the same annotation tools instructors have available to them in the SpeedGrader.

The document to be annotated can be of any of the following file types:

.doc .docx
.pdf
.ppt .pptx
.xls .xlsx
.rtf .txt
.jpg .jpeg .png

Note1: Students can only annotate the document. They cannot edit the document. Students cannot delete text, insert images or links, edit PowerPoint slides, or edit Excel data.

Note2: Student annotation assignments are not available to Group Assignments but they can be peer reviewed.

First, upload the document you want students to annotate to your Files tool

This way, students will only be able to access the file via the assignment.

Go to Assignments

Click Add (+) Assignment

Enter an assignment Name, Directions, Point Value, Assignment Group and Display Grade Type

Under Submission Type, select "Student Annotations"

Click Course Files

This displays all the folders and files in your Files tool

Select the file you want the students to annotate in this assignment.

Complete the Assign section of the Assignment

Click Save or Save or Save & Publish

When a student clicks on the Student Annotation assignment, they will be able to read the directions and click on a "Start Assignment" button.

After clicking on the Start Assignment button, students are presented with the file  to be annotated in a Canvas document viewer with all of the annotation tools available to them.

Instructors can view and grade the student annotated document in the SpeedGrader