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Once you have had the AnnotationsX tool added to your Canvas site, you are now ready to create an annotation assignment for your class.   A typical use for this tool is to set up an image, video, or a short body of text for your students to examine, and for them to add their own annotations.  Students will also be able to see and reply to the annotations of their classmates. 

Step-by-step guide for setting up a Text Annotation assignment

Here are the steps:

1. Click on the AnnotationsX link in the left navigation bar of your canvas site.  


2. Click on the "Create New Assignment" button.


Please note that if you have an assignment that you have used on a prior course site, you are now able to import it, along with associated images (and instructor annotations if you choose). In this example, we are creating a brand new assignment. 


3. Give the assignment a name by entering the name in the field labeled "Assignment name*".


4. At this point, you may either select a text that has already been uploaded to AnnotationsX (by clicking on "Add a Source") or you may create a new source.  

Note: the terminology on this screen is confusing -  we are looking at changing it.

You would choose "Add a source" if you would like to select from a list of existing text/image/video resources that have already been uploaded to the tool.   Choose "create a new source" if you will be setting up a new "text/image/video" object.   

In our example, you will be setting up a new text object, so please select "create a new source".    


A new pop-up window will appear:   

Please select "Text Annotation" from the dropdown list labeled "Annotation Type".  Enter the title of the source and the name of the author.   You will also enter the text to be annotated directly into the text box labeled "Source Content".   See screenshot below for an example of a poetry assignment featuring a Robert Frost poem. 

Hit the "Save" button on the "Edit Source Material" screen, which will close the pop-up window. 

Then hit the "Save" button on the "Assignment Editor" screen.



8. To add instructions that will be displayed to the students, click on the name of the source material for which you'd like to provide instructions. The screen will then expand with an instructions box. 


Fill out your instructions as illustrated below:


This is how the assignment will appear to your students: