Annoto Use Case: Students Comment On Other Group Member's Videos



Annoto is now available in all Canvas courses!
Quickly turn passive course videos into engaging and interactive experiences for students using Annoto! Annoto is an add-on to MiVideo in Canvas that allows students to collaborate within the video or audio player. 


How an instructor can use Annoto's Comments to provide a way for students to discuss videos created by other students. Students are only able to view videos submitted by other students in their group.

  • Students can talk with each other and the instructor about the content.
  • Everyone in the group can view all comments and replies.
  • Instructors can view comments and grade the submission from within Speedgrader.


1. Enable Annoto Comments at the course level

  • In this use case, Comments will be enabled at the course level so all videos published in the course (including videos in the Media Gallery and embedded into course content) will have the Annoto Comments feature enabled.
  • Instructors can enable the Comments feature by toggling the slider located on the Preferences tab of the Annoto Dashboard. See the Annoto Dashboard and Preferences article for detailed instructions.
    • Tip: to configure the Annoto widget to load in the open state navigate to Media Gallery > Channel Actions in the upper right > Annoto Dashboard > Preferences tab > User Experience tab > select an option for the Load state. Save.
  • After enabling comments for all videos, comments can be disabled for individual videos such as video quizzes, videos used in assignments, or anywhere it would not be appropriate to allow students to take notes.
    • Navigate to the Preferences tab for a specific video in the Annoto Dashboard and disable Comments. See the Annoto Dashboard and Preferences article for detailed instructions.
  • The ability to enable and disable Annoto features for specific videos provide instructors complete control over how students interact with course videos.
  • There are several comment related features that can be enabled:
    • Comments = allows students to add comments viewable by other students. Students can “like” each others comments.
    • Video Comments = allows students to comment with their own video (up to 3 minutes in length) using the built-in recorder. These video comments are saved to the student's My Media library.
    • Anonymous Comments = allow students the ability to post comments anonymously, however instructors can see anonymous students names.
    • Notifications = allows students to manage their notification preferences in the Annoto Widget.
    • Managed Comments = every comment that is added to the discussion will be pending a moderator’s manual approval before becoming public in the discussion.
  • See the Annoto User Guide for Instructor for more details about these features.

2. (Optional) Create sections for each group

  • In the next step the instructor will create a discussion for each group. If the class size is small, students can be manually assigned to a discussion. For large courses it may be more practical to create a section for each group and assign the section/group to a discussion.
  • ITS-Canvas can create the sections and add students to the sections. Please contact the ITS Service Center and provide a spreadsheet with one column for student uniqnames and a second column with the student's assigned group name.
  • Note: students will see they are enrolled in multiple sections in the People tool. Instructors may want to consider naming the group with the word "group" in it to differentiate between a registered section and the section used for this group assignment.

3. Create graded Discussions as Assignments

  1. Navigate to the Discussions tool and create a new discussion.
  2. Add a tile and description.
  3. Check the box to make the discussion graded, then remove the Everyone group from the Assign box.
  4. Add students from one group individually to the Assign box or add one section/group to the Assign box (see the step above to create sections).
  5. Select additional options and complete the assignment details as necessary.
  6. Save. Click Continue on the popup warning informing you not all students are assigned to this discussion.
  7. Create a discussion for each group.


  • Students only see the discussion they have been assigned to so they only see their group member's videos.
  • In Gradebook, instructors will see all the discussions. Only students who have been assigned to the discussion can have a grade entered. Students not assigned to the discussion have that cell grayed out and that discussion will not apply to their final grade.
  • By default embedded videos (such as those embedded into discussion replies) do not display in the Media Gallery (the setting "display embedded media in this Media Gallery" is unchecked by default (Media Gallery > Channel Actions button in the top right > Details tab)).

4. Students embed video as a discussion reply

  1. Students upload their video recordings to their My Media library (Account > My Media).
  2. Students embed a video into their discussion reply using the MiVideo icon in the text editor, see the  How Students Can Embed a MiVideo Video As A Discussion Reply in Canvas article.
    • Important: select the gear icon next to the video to embed then select to use the "Annoto Discussion No Transcript Widget" player. This player size allows for the Annoto widget to display next to the video without distorting the video.

5. Students comment on group member's videos

  • Students see submitted group member's videos when they access the discussion and can add comments in the Annoto widget.

6. Grade the assignment

  • Instructors can view a student's video submission along with the Annoto widget in Speedgrader.
  • In Gradebook, instructors will see all the discussions. Only students who have been assigned to the discussion can have a grade entered. Students not assigned to the discussion have that cell grayed out and that discussion will not apply to their final grade.

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Additional Information

For additional questions, please contact the ITS Service Center

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