Product News | October 7, 2016

Introducing One-Way Annotations

Swivl Cloud users with Free accounts are now able to share feedback with other users through time-stamped annotations. The new Annotations feature transforms video from a tool for reflection into a much more valuable instructional tool. With Annotations, you can leave comments to help you and your students or collaborators easily pinpoint moments in videos for feedback and development. The time-stamped commenting feature adds an invaluable resource for more in-depth performance review.

There are numerous ways that Annotations can be utilized to add value to your Swivl Cloud experience. Annotations supplies teachers and students with a new tool to facilitate productive conversations about what they are doing in class. An important area of focus for student assessment is for instructors to be able to witness their thinking process. Swivl Cloud is an invaluable tool that provides teachers and students with active commentary on their performance videos.

Whether the footage is for self-reflection or a graded presentation, Annotations provide an invaluable tool for students to reflect on their performance. The time-stamped commenting feature allows users to see the precise moment of a reviewer’s comment. Notes are presented beside the video in a linear fashion. Users can select a comment to jump to that moment during the footage that is being examined.

Swivl’s new one-way commenting function allows interactive commenting and notetaking to actively reflect and engage. This tool is especially helpful for students practicing a new language. Teachers can set up a device to record student dialogue and provide instant, non-disruptive feedback on their performance. For students, this is a reflective tool that allows them to review their own verbal and nonverbal delivery in an innovational way. The video is automatically paused when a viewer begins typing a comment into the comment box. This feature allows viewers to enter their comment instantly without having to manually pause the footage or return to where they left off in the video after taking a note. In addition, the 800 character count allows for descriptive and productive feedback.