The Annoto Comments Space enable a discussion between all the viewers of a video - learners and instructors. Every comment that is added gets a time-tag, meaning: you can always see to what specific moment in the video each comment refers and understand its context.
Adding a comment
How to add a comment?
If you want to add a comment, simply start typing in "Add a comment..." section. The video will be automatically paused (so you won't miss anything while writing).
Once your comment is ready, simply hit Enter, or click the submit button (green arrow, as you can see in the image below):
and your comment will be added to the discussion:
Who wrote the comment?
The Educator indicator
In addition to the name of who wrote the comment, every comment (or a reply) provided by the instructors is marked with the Educator indicator (the graduation hat beneath the user image).
Learners' comments do not have the Educator's indicator icon.
Learners can even have the ability to post questions or comments as anonymous. In this case, only instructors will see the user's name. Click here to see how Anonymous comments look in instructor's view, as you can also see in the following images:
Comments & Notes Time-tag
Each comment (in the Comment Space) and each note (in the Personal Notes Space) gets a timetag that reflects in what specific moment in the video it was added. Therefore every question, comment or a note is always in the context of the video.
Clicking on the timetag will take you to the exact moment in the video that it was written about.
The Annoto Timeline
The Annoto Timeline provides a quick overview of the discussion and indicates specific moments in the video that includes many comments or questions.
To learn all you need to know about the Timeline - Click here.
Additional actions in the widget
Adding a sentiment
If you wish, you can add a sentiment to your comment, to indicate its type:
You may choose your sentiment by clicking on the Plus icon near the comment that you are typing, as you can see here:
If you want to move to the next line in your comment, click Shift + Enter.
Edit\ Delete a comment
You are free to edit or delete any comment you write.
Editing or deleting a comment is done by clicking on the 3 dots menu, that is revealed when hovering the comment's date:
Reply to a comment
If you want to reply to a comment - all you have to do is click on Reply below the comment, write and hit send, as you can see here:
Whenever a comment has replies, the number of replies is mentioned below the comment. Clicking on that will open the reply so you can read it, as you can see here:
Like a comment
A comment can be “liked” simply by clicking on the red heart near the “reply” button.
The number of "likes" a comment received is shown as well.
Whenever an instructor “likes” a learner's comment or a reply, that comment\reply is marked with “Educator’s thumbs up” (yellow medal on the comment).
As you can see in the following images:
Delete learners' comments
An instructor has the ability to delete learners’ comments from the discussion (in case of inappropriate comments, for example).
Deleting a learner's comment is done by clicking on the 3 dots menu, that is revealed when hovering a comment's date:
You will see that the comment was deleted:
Students will not see this comment at all (as if it was never written).
Instructors can also delete learners' comments directly from the Annoto Dashboard. Click here to see how.
Taking a closer look at a comment
If we take a closer look on an added comment, here is the info we have on each comment:
Adding an external video as a comment
In order to add an external video (a YouTube video, for example) in your comment:
Go to the video
Copy the video's link (URL)
Go to "Add a comment" in Annoto:
You may either write a comment in addition to the video, or not - as you wish.
4. Paste the video's link (URL)
5. Hit "send".
The video will be embedded in the discussion, as you can see here:
Recording a video as a comment
You may comment with your own video: a camera recording (of you) or a screen recording.
Click here to learn all about recording video as a comment.
Different uses of Comments Space
To learn about all the ways you can use the Annoto Comment Space (to engage the students, encourage a discussion, use it for assignments, etc. - visit theAnnoto Use Cases.