Add Annotations to Student Submissions in D2L Assignments

  1. Click Activities then Assignments from the main course navigation.
  2. On any assignment, click the dropdown caret next to its title.
  3. Choose View Submissions
  4. Click on the title (link) of a student’s submission.
  5. The banner above the submission is the annotation banner. The tools to the right are annotation tools.
  6. Click the appropriate tool icon.
  7. With the tool you’d like selected, click the document in the location you’d like to annotate.
  8. To save your annotations, you MUST click Save Draft. Annotations not saved before leaving the page or reloading it will not be kept and will be deleted. Be sure to save your annotations often!
  9. When you are ready for the student to see your feedback, click Publish.

About the Annotation Tools

The annotations features is made up of 4 components:

  • Pen Tool
  • Note Tool
  • Textbox Tool
  • Line Tool

Pen Tool

  1. Click the icon to use the tool and set color, transparency, and width.
  2. Click the down arrow to select a pen or highlighter.
  3. Write anywhere in the submission.
  4. Click Save Draft or Publish when done.

Note Tool

  1. Click the note icon to use the tool and set options.
  2. Click anywhere in the submission to add a note.
  3. Type into the note.
  4. Click Save Draft or Publish when done.

Textbox Tool

  1. Click the textbox icon to use the tool and set options.
  2. Click anywhere in the submission to add a textbox.
  3. Type into the box. It will expand as you type.
  4. Click Save Draft or Publish when done.

Line Tool

  1. Click the icon to use the tool and set color, transparency, and width.
  2. Click the down arrow to select line, arrow, or rectangle.
  3. Click anywhere in the submission to add a line.
  4. Click Save Draft or Publish when done.

Note, it is also possible to download student submissions in bulk, edit them locally, and then upload the edited files in bulk back to D2L. For most instructors, annotating assignment submissions via the D2L Assignments tool will be a more straightforward option for providing feedback. However, written instructions are available to Bulk Upload Assignment Feedback Files in D2L.

This article was last updated on Nov 12, 2020 @ 4:03 pm.