So, eMargin is now being used by English students at Birmingham City University, and has generated interest from other teachers and researchers within and outside the University. We’re also looking forward to seeing how the University of Leicester will make use of eMargin with their students. Discussions with those involved have suggested new ideas and reinforced our existing plans, so it’s about time we told you what they are…
- Uploading documents from your desktop, and translating Word and PDF files into a form eMargin can make use of.
- Fetching web pages to include in the tool, translating HTML into an eMargin-friendly form (using our WebCorp LSE technology).
- Moderation of annotations. The ability for moderators to remove annotations, comments and tags.
- Text histories. We already keep histories of annotations made on texts, we just need to make them visible.
- The ability to assign labels to colours, to clarify their meaning.
- Alternative ways of representing paragraph level annotations.
- Investigate integration with VLEs, like Moodle.
- Customisable interface. Users can modify how highlights are displayed to suit different screen types or according to personal preferences.
- Text and annotation search system.
If you’d like to suggest something, just reply to this post. We look forward to hearing more ideas but, for now, we’d better get to work!