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Comprehension

Improve students' attention and understanding of the online study materials through annotation of certain topics and sections.  
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Comprehension and critical reading

The role of critical thinking is becoming more and more prominent in a world where fake news, scams and hoaxes are part of everyday life. It is therefore crucial that students are taught how to become critical thinkers.

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One of the ways to nurture critical thinking is to develop comprehension of study materials, which involves the ability to properly understand and interpret the presented information. So how can teachers make sure students actively consume the study materials, while enhancing their comprehension and critical reading?

Comprehension helps you enhance critical reading

Select your LMS:

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Upload the study materials and specify the topics

Instructors can create peer feedback assignments, set instructions and deadlines, as well as specify the criteria.

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Develop understanding of the materials

Students study the materials then annotate the passages where the outlined topics are discussed, and also respond to others’ annotations.

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Write a summary of annotations

Teachers require students to write a summary based on their annotations to demonstrate understanding of the content.

Tool features

Support for various content types
Support for various content types

Decide which type of content to be used (audio, video, image, or text-based).

Create annotation topics
Create annotation topics

Specify the topics or subjects to highlight, the number of annotations to be made, and whether students should write a summary. 

Heatmap of annotations
Heatmaps of annotations feature

Have an overview of the annotations per topic using the color coded highlights to monitor students’ understanding of the content. 

Annotations visible to peers
Annotations visible to peers

Let students see and comment on their peers’ annotations to help gain better understanding of the topic and spark in-depth discussion.

Configurable grading
Configurable grading feature

Grade students based on different requirements (number of annotations, summary completion, and reflection writing), then synchronize the results with your native LMS

Data export
Data export

Access students’ progress and participation within the tool, thus downloading the analytics files in excel or csv form for more thorough analysis and long-term strategy.  

Copyrighted material protection
Copyrighted material protection feature

Prevent students from downloading or modifying the materials in case of copyright protection. 

Decide which type of content to be used (audio, video, image, or text-based).

Specify the topics or subjects to highlight, the number of annotations to be made, and whether students should write a summary. 

Have an overview of the annotations per topic using the color coded highlights to monitor students’ understanding of the content. 

Let students see and comment on their peers’ annotations to help gain better understanding of the topic and spark in-depth discussion.

Grade students based on different requirements (number of annotations, summary completion, and reflection writing), then synchronize the results with your native LMS

Access students’ progress and participation within the tool, thus downloading the analytics files in excel or csv form for more thorough analysis and long-term strategy.  

Prevent students from downloading or modifying the materials in case of copyright protection. 

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LMS integration

Comprehension, like all FeedbackFruits tools, integrates seamlessly into your native LMS, with automatic synchronization of groups, calendars, and gradebooks.

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Instructors love FeedbackFruits

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"The tool provided a medium to activate unengaged/shy learners to participate and give relevant input."

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Lisbeth Elvebakk
Lecturer

"This tool provided a better overview of students' performance and progress over the duration of the course. It enabled me to try new methods in teaching, prompt self-reflection on feedback, and guarantee anonymity in an online platform."

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Åsmund Hermansen
Associate Professor

"I noticed that learning of students improved. First, they were enthusiastic about the tool and also interaction between students really helped them to better prepared for the subject."

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Associate Professor

The fruit of EdTech Dotank co-creation

Comprehension has been co-created following the Edtech Dotank process together with our partners.
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