Tuesday, February 5, 2013

iversity 'social reading' tool enables collaborative engagement with learning materials

iversity is a blend of a social network and an online learning workspace that aims to provide a state-of-the-art alternative to the clunky course management platforms such as Blackboard and Moodle and users can sign up for free. The platform can also be used to organize research projects or study groups and it embeds a 'social reading' tool similar to Book Glutton that allows members of a group to collaboratively annotate documents and images. Using iversity's 'social reading' feature, students and their teacher can discuss reading excerpts live and online by highlighting, annotating, and responding to comments made by others in margins, right next to the content you are talking about. The pictures below show what this looks like and you can check it out at www.iversity.org.  

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