Welcome to the Margins!

Welcome to Digital Annotation for Learning and Scholarship! This digital learning experience is a brand new (slightly experimental) offering from the Office of Digital Learning at Middlebury College. We’ve partnered with the good folks at Hypothes.is to create an online space where participants can both learn and play with digital, social annotation while exploring the theory behind annotation, and its potential application for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

By way of orientation, here’s quick guide for participating in this learning experience:

  1. First, familiarize yourself with the site. Click around a bunch. Find the syllabus, information about Hypothes.is (including how to get started), play around with the annotation tool—right here on this page, if you want—and consider whether you want to complete a final project as part of your work here.
  2. Next, open your mind to possibility. That may sound a little trippy, but the truth is that digital, social annotation is something relatively new to our web experience, and as such many uses of this digital approach have yet to be explored. Get creative, think broadly, imagine what you might do with this tool… And then tell us about it!
  3. Communicate more than you can imagine in the margins. This site is fully annotatable. Maybe you want to introduce yourself? Highlight these words, create an annotation, and tell us who you are. Maybe you want to offer an idea for how to use Hypothes.is in the classroom or in your research? Annotate away to let us know your thoughts!
  4. Consider this a collaborative space. While we’re not working on projects together (unless, of course, you choose to), we are doing a lot of thinking together. Share your ideas about our readings in the margins, and then check back, follow up on comments on your comments. Treat the margins as a conversation space, and see what happens.
  5. Follow hyperlinks like mad. There are no rabbit holes too deep for us to go down. We will be reading blog posts on this site that will refer and link to articles on the web that in turn also have links to other articles. As long as you annotate within the MiddAnnotate group, we will be able to see where you go and follow.
  6. Don’t just read the blog posts on this site. Visit the MiddAnnotate home page to see where other participants have commented. Scour the web for new articles about social and digital annotation and annotate there using the MiddAnnotate group. Take us on a grand exploration of your web!
  7. Finally, if you run into any trouble at all, reach out to either Sean or Jeremy, or to another participant you know. We are all here to support each other, learn together, and do as much discovery as our two weeks affords us.

Welcome again! See you in the margins!