Critiquing videos

This article is for Instructors. Click here for the student article.

Watch a short video or review more in-depth information below.


When playing a student submission, the video is shown on the left and the feedback panel is shown on the right.  At the top of the feedback panel, you will see the tabs for Comments and Rubrics (if enabled).  Along the bottom of the feedback panel, you will see the different feedback types. These include Markers (if enabled), text comments, video comments, audio comments, uploads, YouTube videos,  Library items, and End Notes. See Feedback types for more information on each.


As soon as you start adding any type of feedback (other than markers), the video will pause automatically (except for Live review assignments).   It will start playing again when you hit "Enter" or finish your feedback.

To give feedback:

  1. Enter the playback screen by clicking the video's thumbnail on the dashboard.
  2. Choose the type of feedback you want to give by selecting it from the Feedback Toolbar at the bottom of the feedback panel.  (Text comments are selected by default.)
  3. Follow the steps for your preferred feedback type:
    1. A  Text Comment - Begin typing in the comment box in the lower right (the video will pause automatically).  The comment will be saved to the appropriate spot on the timeline when you hit "Enter."


    2. B  Video Comment - Choose how you want to add your video comment by clicking "Video," "Upload," "YouTube," or "Library." Then submit your selected video type.


    3. C   Audio Comment - Record your comments and click "Finish" when you are done.


    4. D  Markers - Click the appropriate colored box at the bottom of the feedback panel for the marker you want to use.


    5. E  End Note - End Notes are longer, final comments that allow you to summarize your observations. You can enter up to 2,000 characters. They will appear at the end of the comment timeline.


  4. After you finish leaving feedback, click "Back" in the upper right-hand corner to exit the video.  Your feedback is automatically saved.

Read Receipts

Once  feedback has been left on any video you can easily see who has viewed that feedback.  Hover over or click on a feedback entry and you'll see an eye icon eye_icon.png.  Click the eye to see who has viewed that feedback and when.


Please Note

  • Videos created prior to January 2022 do not have read receipts.
  • Feedback is considered "viewed" if it is on-screen on the feedback panel when viewing a video. Any feedback below the scroll line will not be marked as viewed until it has been scrolled on-screen.
  • The eye icon will not appear until once at least one person has viewed that feedback.

Additional feedback questions

Who can view feedback?

Instructors and Reviewers can always see all comments on all videos. Presenters can view all comments on their OWN videos (i.e. where they are the Presenter).

When using peer review, peers can see only their OWN comments on other people’s videos, unless the option "Open Peer Review" is enabled.

How many people can critique a video?

As many GoReact users as you like may review a video, as long as you’ve given them permission to do so. The reviewer must be in your course/folder or account group to give feedback.

How soon is a reviewed video available for the presenter?

Immediately! It’s all recorded and securely available in real-time anywhere from our cloud service.

Can I "hold" feedback so a Presenter can't see it yet?

Yes!  To do so, see Feedback Hold.  

How is feedback synchronized?

GoReact uses intelligent synchronization to give you the most accurate time-coded feedback. For example, our patented timeline engine accounts for network latency and even system clock variance between computers. We also timeline adjust click-initiated feedback to account for the lag time of your mouse movement, as opposed to typed comments which are more instantaneous. And of course, clicking an item in the feedback stream brings you back a few seconds before that spot in the video so you can see what led to that comment. Overall, we've put a lot of thought and user research into optimizing your feedback experience!

Can I record first and then review later?

Yes. GoReact allows for both live feedback (during a presentation) and after-the-fact reviews. If needed, you can do both — critique the presentation live, then go back later for edits and additional comments.

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