TO ANNOTATE OR NOT TO ANNOTATE: THAT IS THE QUESTION FROM AN ONLINE ANNOTATION TOOL PROJECT

M. Brown, R. Argyle, W. Gilbert, L. Kendall, P. Sandbrook

Massey University (NEW ZEALAND)
This paper reports the findings of a major initiative to build a rich digital learning culture within a large dual-mode university. In particular, it describes what students have to say about the use and implementation of a new online annotation tool as part of a wider initiative to replace traditional printed study materials with digital content. The presentation reports a pilot study in which an online annotation plugin was added to Moodle in order to extend the value and range of features within the University's online learning environment. Key findings from an institutional survey are reported along with actual usage data of the annotation tool. Although a small proportion of learners took advantage of this tool, and made good use of it, on the whole most students were not convinced that they need additional online annotation services to support their study. The pilot experience highlights the extent in which students and institutions are at different stage of transition in the growing move towards the digital university.