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You can use Hypothesis to collaboratively annotate course readings and other internet resources. It is a web-based open-source platform with a simple user interface. Because Hypothes.is can integrate within an LMS, the platform is easy to use through existing institutional authentication systems once students have set up their individual accounts.
Ponder is a browser add-on and iOS app. Once installed, Ponder allows you to create micro-responses anywhere on the web (on text and video) and measures reading activity on sites listed in the Class Reading List.
A Ponder micro-response consists of 3 parts:
Extraction. While you read or watch a video, you can highlight words, phrases, sentences or mark a spot in the video that provokes a response in you.
A sentiment. For each selection, you are asked to choose from a range of reactions. Some are for registering confusion: “Syntax! I don’t understand the meaning of this.” Others are for evaluating claims: “Too much. This smells like hyperbole to me.” And still others are for staking out emotional ground. “Tsk. I disapprove.” See our guide to Ponder sentiments.
Themes. Readers select from a set of themes defined by the teacher, tying what they’re reading to specific concepts from the curriculum. (e.g. This is part of the protoganist’s “Character Portrait” and is an example of “Hubris”, not “Pride”.)
Lacuna is an open-source, online learning tool designed to create new possibilities for reading and learning collaboratively. By focusing on tools for digital annotation, Lacuna allows instructors and students to discover different ways of reading, interpreting, and discussing course materials. Lacuna enhances the rich, discussion-based learning of a seminar style course, for instance, by extending that conversation to the readings before and after class. The result is often students who are better prepared for class, already have some questions formed (or answered). Instructors can also get a better sense of student interest and can identify “hot spots” that are ripe for discussion or clarification based on student annotations.
Lacuna was first designed in early 2013 by the Poetic Media Lab, a digital humanities lab hosted in Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis.
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