Extending Annotations to Make them Truly Valuable
Petra Korica, Hermann Maurer, Nick Scerbakov, Graz University of Technology, Austria
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-57-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Research shows that annotations are potentially an important part of digital libraries and particularly eLearning: they can help users to learn more easily by adding comments, links and bookmarks, thus personalizing web material to fit specific learning needs. We will present a new and more general approach to annotations that removes obstacles encountered with traditional annotations, increases their usefulness and provides substantial enrichment for digital material, particularly in eLearning systems. The simple but powerful idea is a strict separation of the actual content with all annotations plus other activities relegated to special workspaces. Such workspaces behave like a special layer attached to every 'unit' of digital documents. A unit can be a page of a document, a picture, etc. Any workspace can be used or ignored by all persons authorized to do so, but is invisible to other users. Arbitrary many workspaces for arbitrary many groups of users can be attached to each unit.
Korica, P., Maurer, H. & Scerbakov, N. (2005). Extending Annotations to Make them Truly Valuable. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2005--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2149-2154). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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