AnnotationsX is an educational tool that allows faculty to set up text, image, and video objects within their Canvas (or Edx) course site, so that students can engage with the materials by submitting annotations.
Since AnnotationsX is still in pilot phase, you must request it to have it added you your Canvas course. If you would like to participate in the pilot, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Text Annotation Instructors can set up a text object, such as a short story or poem, that will be available to the class. The instructor and students can then view and annotate the text from within the Canvas site, see each other's annotations, and add comments to existing annotations submitted by the instructor or fellow students. Annotations can also be tagged, for easy sorting and organization of annotations. This is useful to engage students in careful readings of short texts.
Here is a link to a HarvardX-produced video on how to use the tool. (Note that the interface has changed somewhat since the production of the video, as search tools are on the right, rather than at bottom of the screen.)
Using Image Annotation Similarly, instructors can set up an image object to be available to the class. The instructor and students can then view and annotate the image from within the Canvas site, see each other's annotations, and add comments to existing annotations submitted by the instructor or fellow students. Annotations can also be tagged, for easy sorting and organization of annotations. This is useful for close examination and discussions of images.
Using Video Annotation Instructors can also set up video objects to be annotated. Instructors may specify YouTube videos. Students will be able to annotate segments of a video, indicating relevant starting and stopping points. When the video is played, annotations automatically appear at the corresponding times in the video.
If you are a student in a class, you may be asked to annotate an image object. If you are an instructor, you may want to provide annotations for your students.
Whether you are a student or an instructor, the process of adding an annotation is the same.
Step-by-Step Guide for Creating an Annotation on an Image Object:
1. Click on the AnnotationsX link in the left navigation bar of your Canvas site.
2. Click on the name of the assignment and then the name of the image.
3. Click on the pencil-and-paper icon in the top left corner.
4. Using your cursor, click and drag it across the area that you'd like to annotate.
A text box will appear, where you may type in your annotation, which could also include links and images.
Tags, either created by you or selected from the instructor's predetermined list, can be included in the space below your annotation.
Don't forget to save!
5. Your selection will now appear over the image, and your annotation will be viewable to the right.
Steps for Commenting on a Student's or Instructor's Annotation:
1. Click on the annotation to which you'd like to reply.
2. Click on "Reply to Annotation" at the bottom of the right-hand column. Type in your comment and any tags, then save.