Hypothes.is webinar: notes and further ideas

Writing this now while it’s still fresh in my brain…

do not dump BRAINS to river.

I joined today’s Hypothes_is webinar, hosted by Jeremy Dean with several English professors who have used the tool in various ways in their courses.

Presenters:
Elisa Beshero-Bondar

  • Explained how her students used the tool in the course
  • Shared a short example of how a student incorporated her annotations into her final paper
  • Goal was to encourage students to think and work as scholarly editors
  • Concerns: quality control
    • alleviated through building a good research assignment and creating standards, such as using library databases

Larry Hanley

  • Used plug-in for his WP multisite class site
  • Anno-tate-a-thon (want to find out more about this…)
  • Provided students with a sense of agency
  • Built up a rich dialogue between the students
  • Headless class! (reminded me of the headless ds106 offering…)

Robin DeRosa

  • Led with an overview of hypothes.is in the larger context of open and why this is part of what it means to use open pedagogy
  • Showed examples of how authors could interact with students via annotations
  • Assessed peer review and reflection on class annotations
  • The rest of her slides

The questions from the other viewers were amazing…I cannot remember if they come through after a Hangout on Air is concluded, but the panelists had about ten minutes or so to respond after their prepared remarks concluded. Some of the respondents and participants mentioned student voice, agency, trolling, and the public nature of web annotations. It seems like it could be tricky to float between class audience and potential wider audience beyond the class. How to bring in the context without the class to support it?

One of the reasons I’m exploring this tool is to see how web annotations could be used in the context of ongoing training and development for student workers – to build a localized codex of information, for example. How might this function as a type of intermediary space between public-facing content (perhaps a wiki) and…something else, TBD…This may end up being part of the digital badges/ePortfolio project I’m hoping (planning) to roll out with our student workers.

Another way I would envision using this would be as part of a study group. Imagine how useful it would be to co-construct the study guide for your PhD prelims with a trusted group of peers…

Catch the recap and join the conversation: @hypothes_is

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