Social annotation is a powerful means of engaging students in collaborative reading activities online. In the School of Humanities and Heritage at Lincoln we have made extensive use of a platform called Talis Elevate, though there are many other tools out there.

Talis Elevate is a tool that enables students to annotate resources (documents, images, audio and videos, etc.), both individually and collaboratively. These annotations can be shared or kept as private notes. They have proven a powerful driver of student engagement and learning, as is made clear in the resources below.

The work that we did with Talis Elevate fed directly into the Active Online Reading project, about which you can find out more here.

Materials on the use of Talis Elevate in History & Heritage at the University of Lincoln and beyond:


Leah Warriner-Wood- University of Lincoln- 2020 – Talis Education (2020)

Hope Williard- 2020 – Talis Education

Supporting active and collaborative learning in History at the University of Lincoln through Talis Elevate Jamie Wood, Principal Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning, School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln – Talis Education (2019)

Dr Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln – Talis Education (2019)