To kick off this year’s annual OLC Innovate conference, Hypothesis is joining with the Online Learning Consortium and AnnotatED communities to hold a free social annotation workshop on Friday 12 March 2021 with two exciting parts you won’t want to miss: a collaborative annotation session with Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani related to his Innovate keynote, “Reimagining Educational Innovation: Lessons From Pandemic Pedagogies,” and a special episode of Liquid Margins, “Making Sense of Science With Social Annotation,” where Hypothesis scholar in residence Remi Kalir will moderate a conversation with educators from North Carolina State University and Science in the Classroom, an AAAS program that helps students learn to read real-world scientific literature.
The workshop will start with a quick orientation to collaborative annotation for social reading: What is it, and how are people using it to enrich online learning? Then we’ll shift to a hands-on activity to explore, discuss, and augment a reading selected by our special guest, OLC Innovate keynoter Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. We’ll practice reading together with Dr. Jhangiani to see firsthand how social annotation can build understanding, connections, and community, focused on themes related to his keynote, “Reimagining Educational Innovation: Lessons From Pandemic Pedagogies.” Our conversation will be anchored in text — literally — and spread out to engage other texts, ideas, and people beyond the workshop itself.
The second part of the workshop will combine with a special edition of Liquid Margins, the show where we gather to talk about collaborative annotation, social learning, and other ways we make knowledge together. We’ll join episode 20, “Making Sense of Science With Social Annotation,” to meet up with educators using social annotation to help students read, interpret, and comment on scientific texts — and share their “findings” with each other. Hypothesis scholar in residence Remi Kalir will moderate a conversation with Erin McKenney, Assistant Professor of Applied Ecology, and Carlos Goller, Associate Teaching Professor, both from North Carolina State University; and Melissa McCartney, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida International University and the Director of Research at Science in the Classroom.
This AnnotatED workshop continues our exploration of how we can all participate differently at professional conferences. Gathering face-to-face and virtually at professional events is a powerful way to share knowledge and make connections. But so often the benefits of these events are limited to the moment: We experience the keynoters and presenters, we converse at our table and in the hallway, we might take notes and take ideas back home, but we usually don’t have the opportunity to activate common scholarly practices together with all our fellow attendees and others who might not be there at the same place and time. By anchoring conference discussion in social reading, we can come together around a valuable shared experience and extend engagement beyond the event itself, with people who attend live and folks who tune in at other times.
You don’t have to register for OLC Innovate 2021 to take part in the AnnotatED workshop, but there are so many great reasons to attend the full conference, which takes place the week after the workshop: 15–19 March 2021. Attending Innovate could be the single best thing you do this year to enrich your understanding of online learning and expand your professional learning network. You’ll come away from it equipped with innovative teaching practices and tools from a community of educators dedicated to making online education highly effective, engaging, and ever-evolving.
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This year’s workshop continues the already rich history of interaction in these communities. In 2019 and 2020, Hypothesis and AnnotatED collaborated with OLC on multiple events:
Similar AnnotatED workshops were conducted at OLC Innovate 2020, with keynoters Maha Bali and Martin Weller, and at OLC Accelerate 2020, with keynoter Flower Darby, incorporating social reading on texts selected by these special guests to extend and augment their keynote sessions, and broadcasting flashtalks from AnnotatED community members describing their experiences with social annotation in a variety of educational contexts.
As a part of OLC Live! during OLC Accelerate 2019, Hypothesis and AnnotatED joined OLC and volunteers from dozens of institutions to hold a series of virtual events, including the Online International Summit, a design battle, a virtual escape room, a virtual speed networking lounge on annotation, and a salon on annotation with UC Colorado Denver’s Remi Kalir. We’re working with OLC now to distill outcomes from the rich discussions about open education during the Summit, which involved educators from every region of the world.
During OLC Innovate 2019 in Denver, Hypothesis had OLC’s support to hold an AnnotatED Summit that brought together educators and technologists — face-to-face and virtually — to share their experiences with annotation and participate in hands-on activities to incorporate annotation into teaching and learning practices. The highlight of the event was the mini-keynote from UC Colorado Denver’s Manuel Espinoza on his work with students to incorporate education as a basic human right in the Colorado state constitution.
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