Cobra Learning - Annotations in Dropbox

Annotations in Dropbox

Instructors can add annotations to a dropbox submission using the annotations toolbar.  The original file submission remains intact and can be viewed by the student.  The student may also download a PDF that includes the annotations.  The tools include pen, highlighter, comment bubbles, lines/arrows/rectangles, text, inline attributes (strike-through, underline, squiggly underline, highlight), as well as tool attributes and adjustments like size, color, thickness, alignment, style, zoom, etc.

Toolbar Options

Comment Bubble Icon

Comment Bubble Toolbar
  1. Select color
  2. Select icon
  3. Click to place icon
  4. Type text in note

Highlighter and Pen

Annotation Highlighter Pen

  1. Select highlighter or pen color
  2. Select border color
  3. Select opacity
  4. Select thickness
  5. Select style
  6. Draw highlighting or use pen


Annotations Line Arrow Rectangle
  1. Select line, arrow or rectangle
  2. Select color
  3. Select border color
  4. Select opacity
  5. Select thickness
  6. Select left line style
  7. Select center line style
  8. Select right line style
  9. Draw line


Annotation Text Options
  1. Select text tool
  2. Select text color
  3. Select border color
  4. Select opacity
  5. Select font choice
  6. Select font size
  7. Select vertical alignment
  8. Select horizontal alignment
  9. Click to place cursor and type

Pop Up Text Attributes

Annotation Pop Up Text
Select text and pop up menu allows: highlighting, strike-through, underline or squiggly underline

Teacher View

Annotation Teacher View with Toolbar

Remove an Annotation

Annotation Remove
  1. Click to select an annotation mark.
  2. A trash can icon displays in the upper right on the toolbar. Click icon.
  3. Click “OK” button.

Publish or Save as Draft

Annotation Draft or Publish
Instructor can “Save Draft” to save the annotations that have already been made, but prevent student from seeing annotations yet. When instructor has finished and wants student to see annotations, click “Publish”

Retract and Update

Annotation Retract

  1. Retract: removes previously published annotations from student view
  2. Update: to make additions or revisions to annotations
  3. After updating, instructor can re-publish to make annotations visible to student again.

Student View

From Dropbox

Student View Dropbox

From Grades

Student Grades View

Download PDF

Student Download PDF

NOTE: at this time annotations are not recognized by assistive technology.

See Also:

Tech Service Desk

Room A184, 217-353-3333

Fall/Spring: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th. / 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays

Summer: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th

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Keywords:cobra dropbox annotate annotations feedback   Doc ID:94628
Owner:Lori W.Group:Parkland College
Created:2019-09-23 13:12 CSTUpdated:2019-09-23 15:17 CST
Sites:Parkland College
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