Wet Ink provides multiple ways to leave comments and feedback on your student's work based on the type of class you want to run. 

In this article:

  • Types of feedback
  • Inline comments and highlighters
  • Critiques
  • Private Feedback
  • General Comments

Types of feedback

You have several ways to give feedback to your students. You have the option to:

  • Annotate with inline comments: select text and publicly comment on that text. Others can also add to your comments allowing you to have whole conversations around selected bits of text.
  • Annotate with highlighters: You can use custom highlighters on selected text. A highlighter can be a strikethrough, underline or highlight using a color and label of your choice.
  • Critique: This is a more formal and structured way for students to leave feedback for each other. It will appear in 'Deadlines' and be viewable by the class (depending on your setting).  
  • Give private feedback: Sometimes, you’ll want to provide feedback that is just between you and a student. 
  • Provide general comments: In addition to Inline comments, you may also provide general, short comments on a work at the bottom of the page. We recommend you use this only if you don't know want to require a formal critique (e.g. within optional assignments). 

Inline comments and highlighters

You can select text in a response and comment on that text - much like you could do on a written manuscript.
Other people can also add comments in response to your feedback or create new comments of their own. 

You will also be able to highlight the text.
As an instructor, you can set highlighters for your class, but you can also make unique ones just for your use. 


Critiques are a formal, longer-form feedback system within Wet Ink. Students can be assigned a number of critiques (based on a variety of options) and they will have it appear on their deadlines as an assignment to complete. If you are using critiques in your class, you can set:

  • The number of critiques per student
  • How they are assigned to students 
  • How complete critiques can be viewed by students

All critique options can be found under the Require Peer Critiques section when creating or editing an assignment. 

📝 Note: Each assignment can have different critique settings. 

Give Private Feedback

When viewing a student assignment, you will see a  'Add Private Feedback' button.

After clicking the button, you’ll be taken to a page that include “Private Comments”. Here you can add and view private feedback.

Once completed, your students will see a similar blue box that notes they’ve received private feedback.

Provide General Comments

Everything in your class can be commented on. That includes assignments, works, critiques, discussions, etc. For example, you can comment on a critique to continue a conversation around someone’s feedback. You can also comment on answers people might have given to questions embedded in lessons.

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