Outside the Box Feedback with Adobe Acrobat X Pro

TRU-OL Open Learning Faculty Member Workshop
May 26, 2012


  1. Characteristics of Quality Feedback
  2. Adobe Acrobat vs. Adobe Reader
  3. Using Acrobat to Provide Feedback
    1. Annotations
    2. Markups
  4. Signatures

Characteristics of Quality Feedback

What is feedback?

From Hattie & Timperley (2007):
  • information provided by an agent regarding one's performance or understanding
  • fills a gap or reduces discrepancies between student understanding and intended learning outcomes
  • feedback is most powerful when it addresses misconceptions or misunderstandings, not a total lack of understanding
  • the most effective feedback:
    • provides cues or reinforcement
    • is in the form of video, audio or computer-assisted feedback
    • is related to goals and outcomes
    • builds on changes from previous trials
  • the least effective feedback is negatively correlated with enhancing performance or achievement and includes:
    • programmed instruction
    • praise
    • punishment
    • extrinsic rewards

Model (Hattie & Timperley, 2007, p. 87)



Hattie, J., & Timperley, H. (2007). The power of feedback. Review of Educational Research, 77(1), 81-112. doi: 10.3102/003465430298487. Retrieved from http://rer.sagepub.com/content/77/1/81.abstract

NEXT - Acrobat vs. Reader

Resources for May 26, 2012 0900 - 1015 Workshop: Presenter Colin Madland

1. cmadland.wikispaces.com (http://cmadland.wikispaces.com) - Outside the Box: Feedback Using Abode Acrobat

2. information on feedback re misconceptions: (http://www.veritasium.org/) (PhD student)

3. zamzar.com (www.**zamzar**.com/) - can convert some files e.g., pdf to word (.doc)

4. how to add a video comment: a. go to the Annotations pane b. click on the record audio icon c. drag to location for insertion d. click off to paste e. click ok to make a sound recording f. click choose if you want to insert a pre-recorded sound recording

5. how to add a signatures: Tools - Sign & Certify - Place Signature...

Thanks so much Colin!