Interactive Document lets you upload a document and add practice questions or comments to it. Practice questions help you and students gauge their comprehension of the articles contents. Furthermore, questions and comments can help guide students to the most important arguments in the document, or jump start online discussions about its contents so that students are better prepared for class. 

After you have created a new Interactive Document in your LMS or on the platform, you see the following screen.

If you want to reuse a previous Interactive Document from yourself or one of your colleagues, click on use copy of existing. A copy of this existing assignment will be made, copying all teacher contributions (comments, questions, instructions). Student contributions are not copied. 


If you want to create a new assignment, start with filling out the title. Depending on your LMS, the title you set when creating the assignment in your LMS is already copied here. You can read more here on changing the name of the assignment in your LMS or in FeedbackFruits.

To upload a document, drag and drop your desired document, or click choose document to search for it on your computer. If your desired document can be found online, copy and paste the link in the paste link field.

Note: you can only paste links that are openly accessible. If you need to log in to see the document (such as articles hosted on jstor or other password-protected repositories) our system will not be able to extract the document from that site. In such cases you will first need to download the article from the website, and upload it using drag and drop or choose document.

After you've uploaded the document, you can start with editing the settings. Click on open document to view the document and start adding questions and comments. If you want to replace the document with a different one, you can click on change file.

Adding Practice Questions and Comments

When you have published your document, click open document to view it and add practice questions and/or comments. You can select a part of the text to link a practice question or comment to this specific part. If you want to add an overall question or comment you can use the plus-button in the lower right corner. 

Practice questions are inline practice moments for students and can be added by the teacher as well as by students when enabled (see settings). Comments can be questions or discussion points and can be added by the teacher as well as by students when enabled. Students (and teachers) are able to reply to each other's comments, making it possible to have inline discussions. Click here for more information on how to add a comment or practice question. 


Click settings to expand the settings field. 

Copyright protected material
Under settings you can enable the copyright protected material option. Enabling this option stops students from downloading the document. If you disable this option, students will see a download button, which lets them download the original document. If you use a link to a document on the internet, you will not have this option. Students will not be able to download the document, but will be able to navigate to the website where the document is hosted.

Separate annotations per group
This option lets your students discuss the material in smaller groups. Or you can make the document accessible per class instead of publishing it to all students in the course.

After enabling the option to separate annotations per group, you have to define the groups you want to use in the LMS. See this article on how to select the appropriate groups for your Interactive Document when FeedbackFruits is fully integrated in your LMS. Can't select groups from your LMS? This article explains how to create your own groups using a CSV file. 

When using groups, students only see the annotations of students within their group. As a teacher you can filter on annotations per group, or see all annotations of all students in the assignment. In the Overall Student Progress overview, you will see metrics per group.  

Student contributions
By default, students are allowed to post comments to the document. Comments can stimulate interactivity with the study material, but this might not always be desirable depending on your set-up. Therefore, this option can also be disabled.

It is also possible to say that students are allowed to post practice question (disabled by default). Having students ask and answer their own and their peers' questions can be a valuable learning experience. This option can be enabled if desired.

When you allow students to post their own practice questions, you will see a new options appear: students can see each other's answers on practice questions created by students. When enabling this option, students will be able to see anonymised answers from their peers after they have answered the question themselves.

Students contribute anonymously

All students contribution in this activity (discussions, questions and answers to questions) are shown to their peers using pseudonyms. Teachers always see the contributors name.

Time Window

It is also possible to have an start and/or end date by which the students are able to make contributions to the assignment. This is available under the Deadlines & realtime control option. For more information on how to set this up, and how this affects the assignment, click here.

Add Instructions

Click on the plus-button to add instructions to the assignment. Since the intention of the assignment is often self-evident, there are no instructions by default.

Add Grading

It's also possible to add a Configurable Grading module by clicking on the plus-button. Here you are able to grade students based on their participation (for example, did they participate in all the discussions) and performance (how did they score on the practice questions). You can find more information in the link above.

Publishing the assignment

When you finished with setting up your assignment, click publish or save in the top-right corner of the screen. 

After you publish the document, you can click the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen to edit the assignment (change the file, edit the instructions, enable/disable students downloading the document, adding practice questions and/or comments). Here you can also download the original document, without comments/practice questions. 

You have now finished setting up your Interactive Document!

If you have any questions left unanswered, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help. You can send us a message by clicking on the blue button in the bottom left of this screen.

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