Assignments

Overview

On top of enabling discussion and personal notes, Annoto can be used for assignments and different types of activities.

Every activity is measured, analyzed and presented in the Annoto Analytics and Insights Dashboard, enabling you to evaluate students' performance (both quantitatively and qualitatively).

Types of Assignments & Activities

Watching a video before class ("Flipped classroom" style)

  • Students are requested to watch a video before synchronous class (or as part of course assignments)

  • During their watching, they are required to complete tasks, such as:

    • Answer questions in the comments space (in this case it is recommended to add questions in specific parts of the video in advance [prior to asking students to watch it])

    • Share their thoughts\ questions\ impressions of the video in the comments space

    • Have a discussion with their fellow students (reply to their peers' comments and questions)

The Annoto Analytics and Insights Dashboard provides insights on the activity in the video, thus in addition to viewing students' participation & understanding (a lot can be learnt not only from students' comments, but also from their replies to one another), it can help planning the next session, based on the discussion in the video:

  • How many students watched the video (and what percentage of the video each of them watched)

  • Which students commented in the video? Who replied to fellow students?

  • What comments were written? You can read the entire discussion. This allows you to:

    • Plan how to navigate\ manage the class discussion

    • See if there are any issues\ topics in which students my be struggling and need further assistance\ explanation\ examples.

Asynchronous activity during a synchronous class

  • Setting up time during a synchronous class for practice (15-20 minutes, for example)

  • During this time, students act individually (each of them watch the video and performs the activity they were requested to complete), for example:

    • Describing what they are seeing in the video

    • Answering questions in the comments space (in this case it is recommended to add questions in specific parts of the video in advance [prior to asking students to watch it])

    • Analyzing the video according to a model that was previously learnt

  • Throughout the students' activity, the instructor can read students' comments and plan the discussion that will be following this activity.

The Annoto Analytics and Insights Dashboard provides insights on the activity in the video, and enables you to stay on top of everything that is happening during the activity:

  • How many comments each student wrote (Collaboration in Video Users table)?

  • Did all students complete watching the video, or did some of them watch only a part of it (Total completion in Video Users table)?

  • What comments were written? You can read the entire discussion. This allows you to:

    • Plan how to navigate\ manage the class discussion

    • See if there are any issues\ topics in which students my be struggling and need further assistance\ explanation\ examples.

A competition between the students (game-like activity)

By Time

  • Setting up a specific time in which all students will participate

  • Within this slot of time, all students must find as many X* as possible

By Number

  • Every student needs to find as many X* as possible (at his own time)

[*Example: in marketing course the instructor arranged a competition between all students - watching a video that contains many different commercials, students need to find as many commercial elements as possible]

With the Annoto Analytics and Insights Dashboard you can view the participation of each student and his level of success in the competition:

Exit Slips - Reflection on the session\ video

  • At the end of the session, each student answers questions about the session, such as:

    • What is the most important thing you took from this session?

    • What interested you the most?

    • Is there a topic you would like to re-discuss in the next session?

  • Students can answer either in the Comments space or in their Personal Notes Space.

  • At the beginning of the next session, students can be asked to share what they wrote (in case they were asked to write in their Personal Notes space).

Submitting assignments

Two ways to submit an assignment:

  • In the shared space - the Comments Space

  • The assignment is filled in the Personal Notes Space and then exported to a document (via the Annoto menu) and submitted to the instructor (via email or any other way of your choice)

Click here to learn how to export personal notes.

Here is an example of different types of questions:

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