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How to review student activity in Comprehension?

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Once Comprehension has been set up, you are met with the Overall student progress screen. Here, you can see how many of your students have completed the task assigned and the average workload per student undertaken up to that point (measured as average number of annotations and average time spent per person).

If you click Statistics per active student, you will get more detailed information on each student who has started or completed the assignment. By clicking on the “EXPORT ANALYTICS” button you can download an excel file containing all the student progression and contributions.

Once you scroll down, you will find 2 boxes. The first one, Instructions, contains the assignment instructions you provided while setting up the task, and the second one, Annotation Progress, the progress of your whole class (i.e., Students who finished, are in progress with, or have not yet started the assignment). 

This step allows you to see a preview of the file you assigned, along with the option to View Annotations. To see what your students have done, click on it.

Once you click on View Annotations, you see the file on the left side of the screen. Students' annotations are represented as colored in-text boxes with colors corresponding with the topic they belong to.

Note that these will overlap, the shades will darken, if more comments are made on the same text segment. 

Additionally, just right off the file, you can see the annotations graphically outlined as either a white pen in a green circle or as colored dots on the progress bar. Note that you can click anywhere on the progress bar to jump to that part of the file, while also being able to click on any of the white pens to view individual annotations. 

On the right, in the Annotations box, options to filter annotations based on author as well as concept are provided. If you click on Filter next to any name (for instance, here we selected Connor Murphy) you will only see additions by that person. Click Unfilter to go back to class view. If you have selected 'see contributions within groups' in the set-up of the assignment, you will be able to filter on group.

Whether you filter comments by person (first screenshot below) or view annotations for the whole class (second screenshots below), clicking on Annotations just below the name of any of the topics you provided will list all of the individual annotations for that topic (i.e., 'Psychological Theories' in this case). 

Now, you have the option to upvote contributions by clicking the thumbs up icon, as well as comment on students' contributions, by clicking 'REPLY', just below each item. 

Note that commenting will isolate the contribution you want to reply to, and will shift the file view to that show that particular annotation. Press enter or click the right-pointing arrow next to the comment to submit it. Once it is submitted, you can still edit or delete it by clicking the three dots arranged vertically next to it.

Other aspects to note:

  1. Once you're done commenting (or with any task), you can click on the left-pointing arrows at the top of the screen: in the annotation menu, this will take you back to the main annotation view; next to the assignment title, it will lead you back to the statistics screen (as will clicking Done).

  2. As a teacher, you can also post annotations. These can be either general, but related to one of the topics (by clicking on the white plus in a purple circle), or about specific parts of the file (by simply drawing a box with your mouse, while holding the left button down, over the specific section you want to annotate). 

Reflection on the activity

If you've added the reflection module to the assignment, you can monitor the student progress in the 'Reflections' table. Click on 'view all' to scroll through all of the reflections or 'view' next to a specific student's name to view their reflection. If students do not show up in the table, they have not started writing their reflection.


At the bottom of the assignment, you will see an overview of the grading earned by the students. You can click 'publish grades' to push the grades to your LMS or schedule a publishing date for the grades to be pushed automatically.

In the last column of the grading table there is an 'optional grading adjustment' in case you need to make manual adjustments to the grades.

This concludes the Comprehension | Teacher Perspective tutorial.
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