Student-driven annotations & feedback refer to students highlighting of content or providing reactions and observations to their fellow students’ content. Instructor-driven annotations and feedback are essential ways to assess students’ progress and let them know how they are doing in a course. Please see our Assessment page for additional assessment tools, and our Clicker/Response Systems page for information about real-time feedback. There are many more apps for tablets, as well as virtual whiteboards.
With respect to instructor annotations and feedback, digital tools streamline the need to print out paper copies of assignments and speed up the return of feedback to students.
There is a range of university-supported tools (NYU Classes and Google Apps for Education), as well as 3rd party applications.
University-supported tools can be accessed through NYU Classes or Google Apps for Education. Third party applications allow instructors to annotate papers on their mobile devices and more.
|Collaborative Annotations||Student-driven Annotations and Feedback||Faculty-driven Annotations and Feedback|
|Annotation Studio (free): Suite of collaborative web-based annotation tools out of MIT; annotate text, images, or video; simple, student-centered design; create private discussion groups; reader visualizations
Hypothes.is (free): browser plugin for annotation and discussion on the web; add comments and multimedia to websites and PDFs
Google Docs/Slides/Sheets (free): Google apps allow for simultaneous creation/editing of multimedia documents, as well as commenting. A new feature in Google Docs allows for suggested edits, which are similar to tracked changes in Word.
Scalar (free): digital publishing platform; allows for media-rich annotation of text, audio, video, and code
Socialbook (free): annotation tool for text, audio, and video; allows for private groups
thinglink (free basic account; reduced pricing for educators): platform for annotating images and video; adds media-rich tags, or touch points, to content
VoiceThread (now integrated with NYU Classes – in pilot mode): allows for text, image, and audio commenting/annotating on specific content
|Evernote (free with basic account): lets you share multimedia and take notes easily.
NYU Classes – Peer review feature in Assignments tool (free): NYU Classes allows for peer reviewed assignments. You select the number of reviews, and the system randomly assigns reviews for each student. Only those who submit assignments will be assigned peer reviews.
WordPress – WP Document Revisions plugin (free through NYU Web Publishing): A document management and version control plugin that allows teams of any size to collaboratively edit files and manage their workflow. Not for simultaneous editing.
| Google Docs/Slides/Sheets – Google apps allow for collaborative creation of multimedia documents, as well as commenting. A new feature in Google Docs allows for suggested edits, which are similar to tracked changes in Word.
PDF Annotation Tools: