7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Annotation

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Author(s)EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)
Type of mediaPDF download
Estimated study timeEstimated study time 20 minutes

Collaborative annotation tools expand the concept of social bookmarking by allowing users not only to share bookmarks but also to digitally annotate web pages. Rather than simply pointing to particular web pages, collaborative annotation lets users highlight specific content on a web page and add a note explaining their thoughts or pointing to additional resources. Students who use these tools for academic research can, over time, build a collection of their own studies and observations in much the same way generations of students have saved texts with dog-eared pages, highlighted passages, scribbled comments, and sticky notes. The activity of adding reflections as marginalia can move students from being passive consumers of information to active readers engaged in scholarly discussions.

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The briefs in the “7 Things You Should Know About…” series describe emerging learning technologies  in 7 questions: 'What is it?', 'How does it work? ', 'Who is doing it?', 'Why is it significant?', 'What are the downsides? ', 'Where is it going?' and 'What are the implications for teaching and learning?'. They are excellent if you are looking for a quick and easy-to-understand overview of a particular elearning tool.  If you are pressed for time, the scenarios that introduce each pdf are well worth the five minutes you’ll need to read them. You will find similar resources on the Educause website.

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TimestampThis information table was last updated on 24 July 2012

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