As stewards of PSU’s Digital Learning Environment, OAI is always exploring emerging teaching and learning platforms and apps. We evaluate technologies based on accessibility, student privacy protections, fit within our existing DLE, and other learning affordances. We take a risk-minimization approach to accessibility, with the effort of full inclusivity of the digital environment.

Hypothesis is a social annotation platform that allows users to annotate web content. Annotations can be saved as private, shared to a group, or shared publicly. Faculty can use to drive critical annotation and discussion of digital content and encourage collaborative critical reading practices.

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Flipgrid is a video-based discussion platform. It allows students to create short (up to 5 minute) video posts and share them in a threaded discussion forum. Video discussions can help online students feel connected to their classmates.

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Pressbooks is a book production or content management software. It is a collection of features which allow for appropriate presentation, sharing, discovery, and manipulation of longer form works.  It also has an accompanying user interface to the/a database of collected works which allows for discovery by the reader and publication by the author.



Voicethread is a media player with built-in discussion capabilities. Users upload images, slides, videos, or other content into a collection in the player. Viewers of the collection can add annotations and video as comments in context within the original collection. Voicethread requires a license to use, and individual instructor licenses are available for purchase.

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