In June, July, and August 2019, we’ll be hosting online social annotation reading groups of articles related to teaching and learning online.


What is online social annotation? Through social annotation of online texts, readers share their thoughts about the text via marginal annotations, and discuss the annotations right there in the context of the original text. In doing so, the readers of the text add layers of new meaning and interpretation to the original text, and transform the text into a site of discussion.

This activity is an extension of the Teaching Online & Hybrid Conversation Series that took place during the 2018-2019 academic year. We invite anyone with an interest in thinking and talking about teaching and learning online to join us!

The topics for the July and August readings will be emergent based on participant interest; stay tuned for future posts for details.

June Reading: Blurred Experiences: The Undefined Contours of Student Learning in Online Environments

This article explores how graduate students enrolled in online degree programs experience the instructional videos they are asked to view as part of their online learning experience. The study found that “students do not necessarily experience online instructional videos (and other types of course content) as discrete elements, or differentiate them from other aspects of the
course,” raising some interesting questions to consider as we (faculty and instructional designers) design hybrid and online learning experiences that incorporate video as an important component of content delivery.


All during the month of June. Jump in anytime!


  1. sign up for (or log in if you already have an account)
  2. join the private TOHCS @ Midd group
  3. follow this link to Blurred Experiences article, make sure the TOHCS @ Midd group is selected, and start reading and writing!

For more info on getting started, please see our online social annotation how-to guide.

Bonus (optional) Zoom conversation

If you’d like to chat live with other readers, join us for a 30-minute Zoom conversation hosted by Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak on June 24, 2019 from noon-12:30 PST/3-3:30 pm EST. No need to RSVP; click here to join the Zoom chat.