As the fall 2019 academic term starts, a diverse group of new schools are starting formal pilots of collaborative web annotation with Hypothesis, and joining AnnotatED, the community for annotation in education: Dartmouth College, Finger Lakes Community College, George Mason University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals, University of New Haven, and University of Michigan, including the Dearborn and Flint campuses are joining the piloting schools we announced earlier: CSU Channel Islands, Davidson College, Indiana University, and University of Virginia.
From small to large, from community colleges to graduate professional schools, the wide range of different institutions starting pilots shows how collaborative web annotation is enhancing teaching and learning across various disciplines with different types of students and classes, online and face-to-face. Teachers using Hypothesis are finding collaborative annotation not only helps them know if and how students are reading for class, but also provides a better way to have conversations about readings, right on top of the texts themselves. Educators are already reporting both qualitative and quantitative evidence that collaborative annotation is improving student learning experiences.
We are excited to work with each of these piloting schools. Each has a different mix of faculty and staff that have identified Hypothesis annotation as a worthy tool to add to the innovative teaching and learning they provide to their students. They will also join AnnotatED, the community of other institutions that have gathered together to share experiences and research with annotation. You can explore AnnotatED resources on annotation, face-to-face and virtual events coming up over the course of the academic year, and archives of past events.
Working with Hypothesis, each school will support an initial cohort of teachers and students to incorporate collaborative annotation into course reading assignments delivered by their LMS. Pilots will include technical integration of the Hypothesis LMS app via LTI, virtual or on-campus training, regular check-ins for pilot participants, on-demand support for teachers and staff, teacher and student surveys, and final reports on pilot outcomes. The goal of piloting is to understand how Hypothesis can be supported best for wider use across the institution.
We’ll be announcing more schools that start piloting Hypothesis soon and invite everyone to upcoming AnnotatED community events. If your school uses Canvas, check out our new SpeedGrader capabilities for assessment and feedback. We are hard at work now on similar grading capabilities for other LMSs.
Hypothesis is a mission-driven organization dedicated to the development and spread of open, standards-based annotation technologies and practices that enable anyone to annotate anywhere, helping humans reason more effectively together through a shared, collaborative discussion layer over all knowledge. Hypothesis is based in San Francisco, CA, USA, with a worldwide team.
Hypothesis has developed its open-source annotation software in collaboration with many partners and funders, including specific projects to augment groups and authentication capabilities with eLife, to enable annotation on EPUBs with NYU, the Readium Foundation, Evident Point, and EPUB.js, and many others. We thank our funders, partners and community for working with us to advance standards-based, interoperable annotation for all.