[Athen] Accessibility of Social Annotation Tools?

Russell Solowoniuk solowoniukr at macewan.ca
Mon Nov 29 09:47:12 PST 2021

Hi everyone,

We will be switching our LMS from Blackboard Learn to Moodle beginning in the spring 2022 term. There is some discussion about including social annotation tools within the LMS. Has anyone had any experience with social annotation tools? If so, how accessible are they? Here is a brief description of social annotation tools, followed by a list of the 3 tools being considered at our institution. If anyone has any information as to how accessible any of the below tools are, that would be greatly appreciated.

Definition: What is social annotation? Social annotation is reading and thinking together. It brings the age-old process of marking up texts to the digital learning space while making it a collaborative exercise.

Three tools being considered:

1. Hyposthes.is<https://web.hypothes.is/> (browser extension) - Open Source but cost to integrate it into LMS



1. Perusall<https://perusall.com/> (LTI) - actual e-reader with annotation tools


1. Talis Elevate<https://talis.com/talis-elevate/>


Vanderbilt University comparison chart of Hypothes.is and Perusall<https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-wp0/wp-content/uploads/sites/156/2020/08/13141759/Social-Annotation-Tools.pdf>

Thank you for any information at all.

Take care,


Russell Solowoniuk
AT Educational Assistant, Access and Disability Resources
MacEwan University
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