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[Beginning August 2019 - The Annotating a PDF in Moodle feature is no longer available in Clarkson's Moodle.  As a result, neither viewing or annotating student submitted assignment files within Moodle Grader area is available. As an alternative, instructors should consider alternate work flows for grading student submissions.  See Turnitin's Feedback Studio or download student submissions/upload feedback files.]  

Moodle offers Instructors the ability to mark-up or annotate a pdf submitted by a student.  No downloading and uploading is required.  Changes are saved and visible by the student when she logs in to view her grade.    

Step-by-step guide

1) Turn editing On> Add an Activity>Assignment

Name it

Describe it

Allow submissions

Submission types > check File submissions

Feedback types > check Feedback comments and check Feedback files

Save and Return to Course


2) View/Grade all submissions

Click on the assignment name.

Click on View/grade all submissions.


In the Grade column for the student you are grading, scroll over to select the little Pencil shape in the Grade category.




Scroll down until you see 'Launch PDF Editor' under Feedback Comments.




Once annotations are complete, close the PDF Editor by clicking the X in the upper right hand corner.

Make any desired feedback comments and grade updates.

Click Save changes or Save and show next to save changes to the PDF and grading screen.


3) To view annotations, Students go into view Grades

Scroll to desired assignment, click on that item, scroll to Feedback and click to view annotated PDF.  

More info:

'Assignment settings in Moode'

Youtube: Annotating pdf's in Moodle