How to provide rich feedback and increase student engagement with Microsoft Teams Assignments

Microsoft Teams Assignments uplifts static documents by introducing real-time feedback from tutors. Assignments is available in Class Teams and is a dynamic tool with useful features like calendar integration and point system tracking, as well as the ability to add verbal feedback for students.

How to leave feedback on Microsoft Teams Assignments:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams (Class mode), either in your web browser or open the Teams app.
  2. Select Assignments from the options on the left.
  3. Choose the work you wish to leave feedback on.

Tip: The document needs to be in Microsoft Word (.docx or similar) format to enable Assignment mode features, such as grading and feedback.

Leaving feedback.

Assignments are automatically opened in editing mode. To change this, simply hover over the top of the page (the toolbar may be hidden initially), select the button that says ‘Editing’, and then change the setting to Reviewing.

Rich Feedback in Microsoft Teams Assignments Review Mode

There are two options for leaving feedback:

Firstly, you can simply edit the document by writing directly on the page.

Rich Feedback in Microsoft Teams Assignments Review Mode Example

Alternatively, you can highlight the sentence or paragraph you wish to leave feedback on, and a comment box will appear on the screen.

Tip: student is able to reply to your comment within the box, enabling a discussion around feedback points. This is a great tool for increasing student engagement.

Rich Feedback Review Mode Comment Example

Feedback tools in Microsoft Teams Assignments.

Changing to review mode opens up feedback options on the right-hand side of the screen.

Add rich feedback to student assignments in Microsoft Teams

Within the feedback box, there are three icons, a video camera, a paperclip and a plus sign.

Provide video feedback in Microsoft Teams Assignments.

Selecting the video camera gives you the ability to record visual and/or verbal feedback, a great option for adding a further level of communication with students.

Give video feedback to students in Microsoft Teams Assignments

Attach OneDrive and external links to feedback in Microsoft Teams Assignments.

Selecting the paperclip allows you to attach a OneDrive or Teams Assignment document or include a link to an external website.

Provide rich feedback in Teams Assignments by linking

Add additional word documents to feedback in Microsoft Teams Assignments.

Selecting the plus sign allows you to attach a Microsoft Office document; this can be used to provide extended feedback if you run out of space writing in the feedback box.

Add documents, spreadsheets to feedback in Microsoft Teams Assignments

There is also a points section, which allows you to provide a score or grade for an assignment. The point scale is set to a score out of 10 as default but can be adjusted to any number-based scale.

Here’s an example of what the student sees:

Example of Student View of Feedback in Microsoft Teams Assignments

Class feedback overview.

You can quickly bring up a class overview to review multiple scores at the same time.

  1. Return to the left-hand sidebar and select Teams.
  2. Choose your class within the grid.
  3. On the left side, tap Grades to open a page with all student scores. You will also be able to see if students have opened ungraded work.

Overview of Feedback in Microsoft Teams Assignments

What’s great about Microsoft Teams Assignments:

  • Allowing students to respond to feedback directly encourages student engagement.
  • Introducing a visual and verbal element to feedback helps you tailor feedback to your students.
  • The ability to keep track of class grades and see if an assignment has been viewed saves time.
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