Interactive Documents 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.
When you create an Interactive Document, 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 upload the document, you will see a preview of the first page. Click Preview to view the entire document. This can be useful if you need to check if you uploaded the correct article and the first page preview does not make this clear. Click change file if you wish to replace the document with a different one.
Note: You cannot add questions or comments in the preview, you must publish the document before you can do so.
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
Let your students discuss the material in smaller groups! Or 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.
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.
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.
Publishing the assignment
When you have uploaded a document, given it a title, specified your settings and have written your (optional) instructions, 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.
Adding Practice Questions and Comments
When you have published your document, click Start Reading to open it and add practice questions and/or comments.
Make an annotation in the text to link a practice question or comment to this specific part. If you want to add an overall question or comment you 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. Comments can be questions or discussion points and can be added by the teacher as well as by students when enabled. Add comments if you want inline discussions in the document: students are able to respond on each others comments. Click here for more information on how to add a comment or practice question.
You have now finished setting up your Interactive Document!