Graded PDF Annotations

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Overview

 

Graded PDF Annotations provide instructors and students with the ability to markup and critique PDFs within Harmonize.

 

  • Highlight text and drop pins anywhere in a PDF
  • Add your own comments and reply to others’ annotations
  • Easily jump to new annotations and unread replies
  • Tag other users in comments and replies

 

Setting Up PDF Annotations for Your Students

 

Canvas

 

  • Within your course, navigate to Assignments and click the + Assignment button. This will open the Create New Assignment Page in Canvas.

 

 

  • Give the assignment a name and set the appropriate number of points.

 

 

  • Scroll down the page until you see Submission Type. In this section, select External Tool from the drop down menu.
  • Under "Enter or find an External Tool URL", click Find.

 

 

  • In the Configure External Tool dialogue that appears, click Harmonize Assignment.

 

 

  • In the Link Resource from External Tool dialogue that appears, click PDF Annotation

 

 

  • In the next window, click +Add File to upload a single PDF for annotation. Once completed, click Create PDF Annotation.

 

 

  • The dialogue window will close automatically and return you to the Configure External Tool dialogue.
  • Click the Select button.

 

 

  • This dialogue window will close automatically.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not alter the provided URL in any way.
  • Scroll down to the Assign section. Set DueAvailable From, and Until dates.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the Create New Assignment page. Click either the Save or Save & Publish button located in the bottom right corner.

 

 

  • Your graded PDF Annotation is now created and the Edit PDF Annotation page will open in a new browser tab.
  • In the Instructions tab, use the Harmonize Editor to create text instructions and add images or other media.
  • Click Save & Close.
  • Your Graded PDF Annotation is now ready for student participation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackboard, Brightspace, and Moodle

 

 

  • Select PDF Annotations from the Harmonize Component Selector.
  • Click Create New to create a new PDF Annotation component.

 

 

 

  • Enter a title for your PDF Annotation component.
  • Use the provided Add File dialogue to upload a single PDF for Annotation.
  • Select the Graded option.
  • Assign the number of possible points for your Graded PDF Annotation.
  • Click the Create PDF Annotation button.

 

 

 

 

  • Your PDF Annotation is now available for you to edit.

 

 

Editing Your PDF Annotation

 

  • Navigate to your graded PDF Annotation and click the title to open the discussion.
  • Click the Edit button to update the update discussion Instructions. You will also have the option to download the PDF file.

 

 

  • After editing is completed, click the Save & Close button.
  • Your graded PDF Annotation is now ready for student participation.

 

 

Creating Annotations

 

  • Once the PDF Annotation is created, instructors and student can add new annotations as well as respond to the annotations of others.

 

 

 

 

 

Section 1: Navigation and Filtering Options

 

Show / Hide Annotations
Previous / Next Annotation
Zoom In, Zoom Out, Select Magnification

 

 

Section 2: Annotation Tools

 

Create a Highlight
Drop a Pin
Move / Pan

 

 

Section 3: Annotation Menu

 

Open / Close Annotations Panel

 

 

 

The Annotations Panel

 

  • Here is an example of how top-level student annotations and replies appear in the Annotations Panel:

 

 

 

 Previous / Next Annotation
Annotation Action Menu
Edit Annotation
Delete Annotation
Reply to Annotation

 

 

 

Grading PDF Annotations

 

Canvas SpeedGrader

 

  • To view SpeedGrader, click the action menu next to the title of your PDF Annotation and click SpeedGrader.

 

 

 

 

  • The Graded PDF Annotation will appear in the left window.
  • Click the Annotations Panel button to open the annotations panel.

 

 

 

 

  1. This is a summary of the individual student's activity for this graded PDF Annotation. It includes the number of annotations created, the number of replies created, and the total number of annotations viewed.
  2. Use the arrows to navigate between annotations and replies. To only view Abbey's work, toggle the switch to ON.
  3. Since this is the SpeedGrader view for sample student Abbey Frazier, only Abbey's annotations and replies are highlighted.

 

Here is the expected grading behavior for Graded PDF Annotations:

 

Student Action Canvas SpeedGrader
If a student creates a top-level PDF annotation Harmonize sends student work to SpeedGrader immediately
If a student creates a reply, but does not create a top-level PDF annotation Harmonize sends student work to SpeedGrader when the due date elapses
If a student does not participate in the activity Harmonize sends nothing to SpeedGrader

 

 

 

Blackboard, Brightspace, and Moodle

 

  • To grade your PDF Annotation activity, click the Grades & Activity button in the top right of the Harmonize window.
  • Select a student from the list.

 

 

 

  1. Grades may be entered in the provided Grade field. To view another student's work, select a different name from the student drop down menu.
  2. This is a summary of the individual student's activity for this graded PDF Annotation. It includes the number of annotations created, the number of replies created, and the total number of annotations viewed.
  3. Use the arrows to navigate between annotations and replies. To only view Abbey's work, toggle the switch to ON. Since this is the Grades & Activity view for sample student Laverne Barner, only Laverne's annotations and replies are highlighted.

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. Can I use Milestones with Graded PDF Annotations?

 

  • Milestones are not available for use with Graded PDF Annotations at this time.

 

 

Q. Can I use Harmonize's Group Visibility setting with Graded PDF Annotations?

 

  • The group visibility setting is not available for use with Graded PDF Annotations at this time.

 

 

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