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How do I comment on student responses?
How do I comment on student responses?

Using Analytics to comment on student writing in the webtext

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Written by Soomo Support
Updated over a week ago

Writing templates and other open-ended questions in the webtext let you review and leave feedback on your students’ responses as they work through the webtext. This article explains how you can make comments on student responses in the webtext and how students will view those comments.

1. Locate student responses

First, access Analytics. Then click on the blue box corresponding to the page you want to view. You’ll be able to toggle between students from the page detail screen.

Tip: If you’d like to know exactly which pages contain writing templates, use the Index of Writing Templates page at the end of the webtext’s Table of Contents.

Analytics page with arrow pointing to blue checkbox button that opens page view.

After clicking on the blue box, you will see a detailed view of the student’s work on that page. You can choose to stay on this “Questions” view, or you can click “In Context” to see how the page looks to students.

Page view of Analytics with an arrow pointing to the  slider that will move left to right to switch from Questions to In Context view.

To make a comment, you’ll need to use the “Questions” view.

2. Share feedback on student responses

Click "Add Comment" to begin typing your feedback. Your response can be a few words of encouragement or a longer explanation with detailed feedback. If you include a url in your response, know that it will not be clickable for the students.

Page view of Analytics with arrow pointing to the add comment button.

Tip: You can also leave video comments!

Click "Save Comment" to send your comment to the student.

Page view of Analytics with arrow pointing to the edit comment button.

You can edit your comments by clicking “Edit Comment” and saving your new response.

Page view of Analytics with arrow pointing to the edit comment button.

Tip: You can also see if a particular student has read your comment. Once the comment has been added, you’ll see “Unseen” next to the timestamp. As soon as the student views the comment, it’ll switch to “Seen.”

If students have questions about how to view your feedback, they can check out the article How do I view notifications?


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