AnnotatED: Making Reading Active, Visible and Social With Collaborative Annotation

Concurrent Session 5 & 6 (combined)
Streamed Session

Watch This Session

Brief Abstract

In collaboration with the Online Learning Consortium and AnnotatED, the community for annotation in education, Hypothesis is convening a free virtual workshop on social annotation at OLC Innovate 2022.  

To participate in this free virtual workshop, please register online.

Note: You do not need to be a registered attendee of OLC Innovate 2022 to participate in this workshop. Hypothesis will send registrants virtual connection information prior to the workshop.  Registered OLC Innovate attendees will, however, also be able to access the workshop through the workshop session link through the OLC Innovate 2022 conference platform.





Jeremy Dean, Director of Education, Hypothesis Jeremy was previously the Director of Education at Genius where he facilitated educational applications of their interactive archive of literary and historical texts. Jeremy is a scholar-educator with fifteen years of experience teaching at both the college and high school levels. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin where he worked as a Project Leader in the Digital Writing and Research Lab for four years developing units and lesson plans around a variety of digital tools. He also worked as a Program Coordinator at the University of Texas Humanities Institute, overseeing their education initiatives.
Jenae Cohn writes and speaks about how to support engagement, communication, and critical thinking in digital learning experiences. She currently works as the Director of Academic Technology at California State University, Sacramento and has held prior roles at Stanford University and University of California, Davis. She is the author of the book, Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading (West Virginia University Press, 2021), and contributes to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Faculty Focus. Supporting instructors in mindful approaches to digital pedagogy, she leads workshops and events for colleges nationwide. As a researcher, she explores digital literacy, student experiences with online learning, and reading and writing across the curriculum. Learn more at or on Twitter @jenae_cohn.
Nate is an evangelist who connects people, ideas, and technologies to make things better, currently working with Hypothesis (, the nonprofit organization that stewards open, standards-based annotation technologies and practices. He has worked across a wide variety of public and private institutions, focusing on community development, digital communications, meaningful education, open technologies, and sustainable growth. Nate lives in Portland, Oregon USA with some other cats and humans. Learn more about Nate on his blog ( or Twitter (

Extended Abstract


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, face-to-face, and hybrid learning?

Then we’ll shift to a hands-on activity to explore, discuss, and augment readings selected by our special guest educator, Dr. Jenae Cohn, Director of Academic Technology at California State University, Sacramento, focused on topics related to her OLC Innovate 2022 keynote: Imaginative, Strategic, Sustainable: A Call for an Online Learning Future Designed for Students’ Lived Experiences.

We’ll practice reading together to see firsthand how social annotation can build understanding, connections, and community. Our conversation will be anchored in text — literally — and spread out to engage other texts, ideas, and people beyond the workshop itself.

Selected readings

For our collaborative annotation before, during, and after the workshop, Dr. Cohn has selected an excerpt from her book, Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading. Workshop participants will be able to read the excerpt from Dr. Cohn’s book and annotations already added to its margins, and join the conversation by creating a free Hypothesis account and reply to annotations or post their own.