March 29, 1-3pm
Room 9206

Are you looking for ways to improve your students’ close reading skills or to kickstart class discussion by asking students to annotate readings online as a group before they come to class? Are you trying to find (new) strategies for peer review or collaborative writing projects? Or are you designing a hybrid or online course and looking for ways to move reading and writing online?
Please join the Teaching and Learning Center for a workshop on Social Reading and Writing with Online Annotation Tools. In this workshop, we’ll look at various Social Annotation (SA) tools and ways in which we can integrate them in our course design. SA tools allow instructors and students to move away from reading and writing as one-dimensional, solitary activities by instead sharing observations, questions, and (multimedia) contextual information in the margins of an online text. SA tools can make texts come alive for students, create community, increase participation and comprehension, and, as a result, improve learning.

We will look at various SA tools such as, Annotation Studio, and Lacuna, and show the many ways in which you can use them by looking at some samples from CUNY instructors who have already taught with them. We’ll also discuss criteria for selecting tools and consider issues such as privacy, accessibility, and possible drawbacks. Finally, we’ll consider how you can use SA tools in your own classes.

This workshop is the last in a series on Educational Technology, following our previous workshops on Hybrid and Online Instruction and Demystifying Edtech.

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