Watch a recording of the event, CNDLS Digital Learning Webinar Series_ Hypothesis in the Classroom – Social Annotation for Student Engagement, on Vimeo.
On Thursday, October 21st, CNDLS hosted the second Digital Learning Webinar Series of fall 2021. This webinar explored the possibilities offered by Hypothes.is, a digital tool for social annotation. The tool facilitates annotations on the web or on pdf texts, allowing you and your students to have a conversation over the text itself. Furthermore, the notes can include multimedia elements (images, audio, video, etc).
To demonstrate the Hypothes.is’ features, and how this tool could be used to engage students in group collaborative annotation, Assistant Director for Digital Learning Lee Skallerup Bessette walked faculty members through how Hypothes.is functions when used on a personal free account, and how does it work when it is integrated into Canvas, as well as the options for faculty to grade, review, and get a sense of how their students are interacting with the readings.
Below are some questions addressed during the webinar.
Is it possible to limit *when* students see each other’s posts?
It is not possible to limit when students see each other’s posts – the idea is students will annotate as they go through and benefit from seeing others’ annotations.
Can you talk a bit about the types of assignments?
Hypothesi.is can be used on Canvas as an assignment or in a module as an ungraded activity. The advantage of using it as an assignment is if you go into speed grader mode it will show you each student individual annotations. No matter how you use Hypothes.is, it is important to give clear directions to students as to the types of annotations you are looking for, as well as model what a “good” annotation looks like. Remember, annotation is a skill just like any other than requires practice and guidance. Hypothes.is helps make that process of critical reading and annotating transparent.
Could you show us what it looks like in a Module? Can you link to it from a Page in Canvas?
Refer to the recording to watch the process of setting up Hypothesi.is onto canvas. You can also refer to our documentation.
How does it work in SpeedGrader?
In the speed grader environment, it will show you the pdf and just one of your students’ annotations. Additionally, you will have the comments and the grade box underneath, and it will go in alphabetical order as SpeedGrader commonly does for assignments.
How would it work with images?
Unfortunately Is not possible because Hypothesi.is works with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) but for that purpose, you can use Voicethread. This tool allows you to actually comment over multimedia content.
As always, if you have any questions, you can email email@example.com, or you can attend our office hours for more support and advice on classroom technologies. To review our previous DL webinars, you can watch the recordings on The Prospect blog.
Save your calendar time for our upcoming webinar, November 18th: Digital Storytelling for Inquiry, from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Although many of us rely on inquiry as a pedagogical mode and motivator, we do not always apply the same philosophy to the media we produce — whether for online courses, flipped classroom videos, or student media projects. When preparing to share what we know — either as a teacher or a student — we often forget all that we instinctively know about storytelling. Those compelling anecdotes we might share in a lecture or conversational context get lost because we don’t have the same real-time feedback we rely on from our audience. In this session, we will discuss pedagogical research that supports inquiry-based digital storytelling and dissect exciting examples of educational media. Participants will apply hands-on outlining and drafting techniques to rethink their digital media assets and assignments with inquiry in mind.
You can sign up for the webinar using this link: https://bit.ly/StorytellingforInquiry