Comprehension allows you to select vital topics relevant in the document of choice, which the students will have to annotate on while reading. By doing so, they are actively processing the study material and applying pre-existing knowledge which results in a deeper understanding of the provided study material.
When you create a comprehension assignment, you are met with the following screen. All of our tools are easily set up by following the predefined steps.
In Step 1 (i.e., Instructions), you should write the customised instructions for the task you are planning (i.e., what you want your students to do and how - an example is provided). In case you need to change anything, this can also be re-edited later. Once you're done, you can move on to Step 2 (i.e., Comprehension).
In the Comprehension section, you can first add topics you want your students to pay attention to. Click Change Topics and then Add Topic, and the following screen will appear.
Here, you can fill in the short title (i.e., the core concept/topic you want your students to attend to), as well as a short description to further clarify your expectations. The Required amount of annotations box sets the minimum number of in-text selections your students will have to perform for this topic. Once this is filled in, you can either click on Done, which will save the topic you filled in, allowing you to continue to the next step, or on Add Topic, in case you want to add another one. If this is the case, you need to scroll down and repeat the steps you just followed for the first topic (i.e., fill in all 3 boxes) for as many times as you deem fit. Note that the minimum number of annotations will reset to 1 for each new addition.
Once you click Done, all topics you have entered will be saved, and you will have the option to Allow students to view others (i.e., make this either an individual or a group assignment). Note that the default setting will create an individual assignment.
Now, you can move on to Step 3 (i.e., Document). Here, you can either upload a document stored on your computer (i.e., via drag-and-drop or by clicking Choose Document and browsing for it) or add one from an online source (i.e., by pasting a valid link in the Paste link box and clicking Submit).
You will then see a preview of the first page. Click on Preview to view it in full. If yor document failed to upload, make sure that the file or link is not corrupted.
Furthermore, in the document Settings drop-down menu, you have the options to turn on copyright protection, in case you don't want students downloading the document, and to Separate annotations per group (i.e., prevent separate groups of students from reading each other's contributions). Note that both options are turned off by default and that the latter option (i.e., Separation/group) is as of yet only functional if you also have API integration (more info here).
Finally, you can publish the assignment by clicking Publish in the upper right corner. To see this example continued (i.e., the tool in action and how you can use it), another article is available in our Help Center in the Teacher's Perspective section.