Annotate with Maha Bali & Martin Weller: their headshots and an OLC Innovate 2020 logo.

The Online Learning Consortium’s Innovate 2020 conference is over, but we came away filled to the brim with ideas about innovative teaching tools and research. Our big thanks to the OLC team and its vibrant community of educators dedicated to making online education a highly effective, engaging, and ever-evolving practice.

To kick off the annual conference, Hypothesis held a free workshop on collaborative annotation with members of AnnotatED. This engaging, hands-on event sparked great ideas and generated practical takeaways for using collaborative annotation in the classroom and beyond. The reports we heard from practitioners in the field and the live annotation sessions with OLC Innovate keynoters Maha Bali and Martin Weller were truly outstanding. Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop! See below for recordings, presentations, chat, and links from both workshop sessions — even if you didn’t make it to the workshop, you can dive in to any part or the whole thing.

We were really energized by the conference this year, in particular all the emphasis on social learning: the idea that people learn better together. There’s a growing movement to extend the capabilities of social learning across all activities of teaching and learning, especially reading — still an essential foundation for learning. If you are excited about social learning too, see our guide to suggested OLC Innovate 2020 sessions — recordings from those sessions are available to all OLC Innovate attendees.


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Workshop resources

Watch the full workshop recording below or on YouTube and get the workshop slides. Follow links below to specific parts of the recording, and browse the lively chat from both sessions — we’ve also pulled out the links shared in chat below so you don’t have to go hunting for that reference you missed.

Getting on the same page with Jeremy Dean, Hypothesis: Collaborative annotation for social reading: what is it, and how are people using it to enrich online learning?

Notes from the field: Hear from a variety of AnnotatED community members about how collaborative annotation is happening at their schools and hear participants discuss ideas and questions with these experienced practitioners (listed in order of appearance):

Discussion, annotated: A hands-on activity to explore, discuss, and augment readings on topics central to the Innovate 2020 program and our professional development as educators. Participants prepared to annotate with this guide, and you can too because more annotations are still welcome: Engage in Events with Hypothesis Collaborative Annotation

From Hypothesis

Contributed by Workshop Participants

Suggested OLC Innovate 2020 schedule

Registered OLC Innovate 2020 attendees can view recordings and resources from the conference. Maha Bali’s keynote and OLC Live! sessions are available for all to see.

Fri 12 Jun
9–11am ET
3–5pm ET
Free Workshop: Collaborative Annotation for Social Learning
Two opportunities to join educators from AnnotatED, the community dedicated to extending collaborative annotation as a transformative practice in teaching and learning. Get your own hands-on experience with annotation and hear how social reading is being used at different schools to enable student success.
Mon 15 Jun
10–11am ET
Keynote Address: Centering a Critical Curriculum of Care During Crisis
Maha Bali, American University in Cairo, calls for reimagining online education (and indeed education as a whole) in ways that move away from outcomes-based design approaches and towards more critical curriculum design approaches that center care, empathy, equity, and social justice as the COVID-19 crisis forces us to question our priorities.
Tue 16 Jun
1:30–2:15pm ET
Digital Learning Innovations Environmental Scan
Kate Lee-McCarthy, Online Learning Consortium, and Justin Dellinger, University of Texas at Arlington, reflect on the findings of a recently completed environmental scan of digital-learning innovations and learn more about the strategy created to address these trends.
Wed 17 Jun
2:30–3:15pm ET
Sympathy for the Vendor: Building Bridges for Effective Ed-Tech Partnership
Veronica Armour, Rutgers University, Adam Croom, University of Oklahoma, and Jeremy Dean, Hypothesis, lead an interactive session enabling participants to swap cautionary tales of vendor practices while sharing more effective models for ed-tech partnerships.
Thu 18 Jun
12:15–1pm ET
2:30–3:15pm ET
4:45–5:30pm ET
OLC Leadership Network Event: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3
Angela Gunder, Online Learning Consortium, Mary Niemiec, University of Nebraska, Vincent Del Casino, San Jose State University, Ron Legon, Quality Matters, Melissa Vito, University of Texas at San Antonio, Tanya Joosten, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Craig Weidemann, Pennsylvania State University, bring together digital leaders from academics, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss how the changing educational landscape has opened new pathways and possibilities in digital leadership, research, and collaboration. Join this three-part event on opportunities to embed digital strategy within the mission, goals, and initiatives of entire institutions and organizations.
Fri 19 Jun
3:45–4:30pm ET
Designing for Social Learning — Taking the “Groan” out of Group Work
Nicole Messier, Rasmussen College-Illinois, will discuss evidence-based practices that effectively take the “groan” out of group work. We will reflect on our social-learning experiences, as well as share ways to create social learning in course design and instruction through the