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.
Rich Text messages
You can format your messages:
Ordered list (Type 1. (or any other number followed by a dot) at the beginning of a new line and it will magically transform to ordered list)
Bullet list (Type * , - or + at the beginning of a new line)
Shift + Enter to a new line
Emojis (Add smiley faces, hearts, winks etc. by typing their shortcuts and a space after them: :-), <3 , ;) or :p )
Bold - Type double asterisks for **Bold text**
Italic - Type underscores for _Italic Text_
Highlight - Type equal signs ==like this== to highlight
Blockquote - Type > at the beginning of a new line
Mention a user
Whenever People Space is enabled on the widget, you can mention a user in the comments space by using '@' .
To mention someone, type '@' in the editor then start typing their name. Then, choose the person you want to mention from the list of suggestions.
Enhance the discussion:
Drive a specific student’s attention to a certain moment in the video
Empower a student by mentioning them in the discussion
Students can mention one another in the context of the video content
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.
An instructor has the ability to manually approve any comments before it becomes public.
Approving comments is done via the Annoto widget.
When moderating comments is enabled, once a comment is submitted, it will await instructor's approval.
This is how the instructor will see the comment (with "Pending approval" message below the comment):
When hovering the comment, appears the option to approve or reject the comment:
The learner who posted the comment will see it with "Pending approval" message, until approved by the instructor:
Other learners will not see the comment until it is approved.
Once approved, the comment will be shown in the discussion,
If rejected, the comment will appear as "Deleted by moderator", both for the instructor and for the learner who wrote it. Other learners will not see the comment at all (not even "Deleted by moderator" comment).