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Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Annotate PRO, Annotate PRO - General Questions, FAQ: Annotate for Google Chrome, FAQ: Annotate for Word (2016+)

Sub-Groups in Annotate PRO

Trial, individual paid, and institutional users can create and manage Sub-Groups to better organize Comments in a Library.

Why would you want to use Sub-Groups?

  • To differentiate instruction:
    Easily create feedback targeted to different skill levels inside a Group (skill). For instance, a Group called Argument might use rubric-like Sub-Groups to capture “Exceeds,” “Meets” and similar types of feedback on the general issue.
  • To aid with discoverability:
    Particularly for institutions sharing Libraries, Sub-Groups can help users quickly orient themselves to larger Libraries of content.
  • To break longer sets of Comments into subsets. For instance grammar and mechanics rules.

Let’s review an example to illustrate one of these uses. Click any image for a larger view.

Sub-Groups are most useful when using the AP sidebar. In the screenshot at right we’ve opened the College Edition Library, clicked into the “Documentation and Research” Group, and can see a series of Sub-Groups and top-level Comments.

Sub-Groups include Praise, APA, CMS and MLA. They are followed by top-level Comments (that are general to “Documentation and Research”) like “Intgrate Quotes” and “Cite Common Knowledge.”

Clicking “APA” opens up a list of APA-specific Comments. You can hover over any Comment in this view to see a full preview of their text.

Groups and Sub-Groups are just one way to interact with your content. Search quickly becomes the best path to finding your Comments – that way you don’t have to remember where they are!

You can ALT-A to pop open Search from any text-entry area in any web app to add Comments.

User can also right-click to access the AP context menu. Here we can see the same hierarchy of Library, Group, Sub-Group and then specific APA content.