E-Learning Unit


Providing feedback with the online annotation tool

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For: StaffApplication: Grading & FeedbackTagged: assignment , feedback

The PDF Markup tool allows those with grading rights to give feedback on assignment submissions, when the students upload files as PDFs. The ability to annotate the submission, highlight text, draw freehand and insert symbols allows the teacher to give feedback in an effective way, in a format so that students can see immediately where they have made mistakes or have done well.

This guide covers:

It assumes that:

  • You have access to grade assignment submissions in the QMplus module.
  • Students have submitted a PDF file to a standard QMplus assignment.

How to access the PDF markup tool

1. Click on the standard QMplus assignment and then on view/grade all submissions.


2. Click on the pencil icon.2015-09-14_1357_-_pdf_markup_tool_(step_1)


3. You can then grade the submission and click on the Launch PDF Editor button to add the feedback directly to the submitted PDF file.


Features of the PDF Markup Tool:



The changes made are saved automatically.

An example of a marked up PDF file

Example below, demonstrating a variety of the PDF markup tool’s features:


Issues with the tool

  • Usage on tablets – Unfortunately the PDF markup tool does not work well on tablet computers

Turnitin Grademark (PDF annotation)

The assignment tool is now embedded with Turnitin. In this case you can use the GradeMark PDF markup tool to mark the students work. See guide on how to do this.

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Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.

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