Last week saw the official launch of the Active Online Reading project, which is co-funded by the QAA and Talis as part of the former’s Collaborative Enhancement scheme.

You can see a recording of the launch event here.

The project will run until spring 2022 and will involve staff and students from a range of institutions across the country. It is led by Jamie Wood (Lincoln), Jon Chandler (UCL) and Anna Rich-Abad (Nottingham) and builds on work that they have all been doing in History with Talis Elevate over the past couple of years.

An example of manual annotation (source:

The project draws on the expertise that historians have cultivated in teaching students to read effectively online and leverages the data insights that are available within Talis to develop and share pedagogies for teaching students to read productively online in higher education. We will be working with colleagues in Business and Design to broaden our impact beyond history, while history teacher educators and school history teachers will be involved so that we can learn more about how students are taught to read before they come to university.

We will be running surveys of staff and students to discover more about how they read online and to identify best pedagogic practice for online reading, while student researchers will be helping out with data analysis and producing student-facing resources.

We have already done a couple of events and started sharing our preliminary thoughts and findings, all of which you can find out about at the project homepage here.



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