NowComment: Close reading and discussion of online documents

If you would like your students to discuss and annotate documents online in a way which allows rich conversations to develop, NowComment may be the tool you are looking for.

NowComment is a web application designed for group collaboration, discussion, annotation, and close reading of online documents. It encourages rich, in-depth conversations by showing threaded comments “in context” with the original document. Group members start or join conversations on whatever passages they find interesting and important, intellectually engaging with a text (and with each other) in ways that can extend or take the place of face-to-face class discussion. Instructors can join in to steer the discussion or correct errors, and a transcript is automatically created for grading and student review. Take a look at the two-minute video overview, or explore a sample document.

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Amy Kenyon

Author: Amy Kenyon

Amy plans, implements and assesses faculty development programs for the improvement of teaching and learning, provides programs and resources designed to increase understanding of the teaching-learning process and manages personnel and other resources for the Center for Instructional Technology. Her interests are in course and program design, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and their impact on campus teaching, curriculum mapping, assessment, and engaging teaching strategies for student learning.