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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, short text, or video for students to examine and annotate.  Students will also be able to see and reply to the annotations of their classmates. 

Step-by-step guide for setting up an Image 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 an image that has already been uploaded to AnnotationsX or upload a new image.  

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 image object, so please select "create a new source".    


A new pop-up window will appear.   


Please select "Image Annotation" from the dropdown list labeled "Annotation Type".  You will also need to specify a "Manifest URL" in the text box labeled "Mirador Manifests".   This is a URL that indicates the location and other information about your image.   (Note: if you plan to use images from your own private collection, you will need to request that we upload them to our server in advance. We will then provide you with the Manifest URLs to use.) 

In the meantime, for the sake of practice, here are a couple you may use. 

Manifest URLs:

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:

9. Below is what the assignment will look like.  Students will be able to explore the image, zoom in, and select sections of the image to annotate.