OLC Online Annotation Tools

For our OLC session on the 19th we will be sharing a couple of online annotation tools. We will actually use Perusall and we will chat about a similar option, Hypothes.is. Both tools allow students to annotate and hold conversations on the text being read. As you’ll see, it is a different way to hold discussions around written work.

Perusall logo

Both of these tools are new to the scene. Perusall started about 2015 and Hypothes.is launched around 2013. It has only been recently though that they have made inroads into higher education conferences and classrooms. For today, we are not recommending either, simply sharing what they are and why we might find value in them. Be brave. Create an account. Share some ideas with us.

By today you will have been invited to a class in Perusall. For the meeting we will look at how it works for a student and briefly share the instructor view.

With Hypothes.is, we encourage you to create an account and find an article that has some annotations. You can see the public annotations on this 2014 Educause article by Jim Groom and Brian Lamb. If you don’t want to ready the whole article, the seven minute video is worth wondering about the role of creativity, innovation, and the current state of higher ed course “delivery.”

If you wish to climb further into the hole with a group of educators from around the country and world, you can take a look at what the Marginal Syllabus people are up to this year. They are more than halfway through their third year of this work and provide you an opportunity to participate in a community discussing a variety of current issues in eduland. This year they are titled, Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes. You can see an example of the public annotations on an article titled “Electing to Heal: Trauma, Healing, and Politics in Classrooms” here.

Please let Todd know if you would like to ponder either of these tools further.