Assignment Inline Marking

BB Annotate is the new inline marking tool available from LearnJCU. It allows teachers to access a student’s submitted assignment online and provide inline grading feedback.

About BB Annotate

There are a wide array of features to select from in the BB Annotate menu, as can be seen in the diagram below.

A diagram of the features available in BB Annotate's menu

A diagram of the features available in BB Annotate's menu.

As part of the responsive design the menu will appear differently based on the screen size.

On medium and small screens, the ‘Document View Settings’ will change to display the page number being viewed, and annotation tools will be visible under the ‘View Annotation Tools’ icon.  On small screens, the ‘Comment/Content Library’ will be hidden.

Thumbnails of each page show an overview of the document and are clickable to go straight to the required page.


The Outline is based on outlines or contents within word or PDF documents. Most of the time students will not apply this to their document, therefore, this will not usually be seen.


Annotations list all annotations with the exception of comments.


Page navigation allows you to jump to a specific page.

Page navigation

Use the hand/pan tool to move around the page. Very handy to quickly see a part of the document that may be hidden due to the frame size.

Hand or pan tool

Zoom in and out.

Zoom in or out

Adjust the view to ‘fit the page’, ‘fit the width’ or select the ‘best fit’ for quick view adjustments.

Adjust page view

Drawing, Brush and Eraser – Use the drawing and brush tools to freely draw on the document using an assortment of colours, line thickness, and opacity. Use the eraser to remove parts of the drawing or use the trash icon to delete the whole drawing.


Add an image or stamp to the document.  There are pre-loaded stamps, such as, a tick or cross stamp. You can also create your own customised stamps.

Image or stamp

Add text directly to the document.  There are options to move, edit and change the appearance of the text, including font, size, alignment and colour.

Add text

Shapes – There are 6 options for adding shapes: ‘Line, Arrow, Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon and Polyline’. Each choice has its own customisation settings to change the colour, width, opacity, and more. These settings will need to be reset each time you log into LearnJCU to make new annotations.


Any comments you add to the document to provide for feedback will appear to the right of the submission. You can highlight the text and then add a comment to clearly show what part of the document it relates to the comment. Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save’ button, underneath the comment text to save it!


When highlighting text on a submission, an additional menu will appear. This menu allows you to highlight, strikethrough, underline, or comment.


The print and download feature allows you to grab a copy of the file with annotations. When downloading, it is recommended to view annotated PDF files in a native PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat.

Print or download

The search tool is a great bonus feature that allows you to search for specific text in the document.


The content library allows you to create a bank of re-usable comments. You can easily add, edit, delete, or search through comments in the library. These comments will be available to ONLY you in ALL your subject sites.

Content Library

After you have provided a grade, students can access the annotated files but will not be able to add annotations in their submissions.

Supported file types will open from the following browsers:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Edge

You can view and annotate the following documents:

  • Microsoft® Word (DOC, DOCX)
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® (PPT, PPTX)
  • Microsoft® Excel® (XLS, XLSM, XLSX)
  • OpenOffice® Documents (ODS, ODT, ODP)
  • Digital Images (JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, BMP, TGA)
  • Medical Images (DICOM, DICM, DCM)
  • PDF
  • PSD
  • RTF
  • TXT
  • WPD

Original formatting and embedded images are preserved. If a student has uploaded an unsupported file, you will be prompted to download it.  Please note, BB Annotate relies on submissions with attached files. It does not inline grade comments/answers created in the text (for example, answers to an essay question).