Web-based annotation is the digital version of adding highlights, comments, notes and other marginalia to print-based texts and documents. Hypothes.is is a free online tool that enables faculty and students to engage in a collaborative and shared reading experience.
The practice of web-based annotation transforms the solitary act of reading into a collaborative, social experience. The Hypothes.is platform is quite flexible in meeting various instructional needs such as:
- Jump starting conversations about course readings ahead of class
- Identifying areas of confusion in the text shared among multiple students
- Providing contextual annotations (e.g.definitions, web-links to other articles) to help students understand key concepts and make connections
- Creating an alternative space for students to comment on course readings (beyond digital discussion boards or written reading response papers)
- Support connected learning principles in coursework
Support we offer:
- Overview of the pedagogy of web-based annotation
- Brainstorming various instructional uses for web-based annotation to support teaching, learning and research
- Activity design for reading assignments or research projects that integrate web-based annotation
- Evidence-based practices around the use of web-based annotations to support student learning
- Sample formative assessments to collect learner feedback
- Using Hypothes.is as part of Moodle
To schedule an instructional consultation in the use of web-based annotation, contact:
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