June 26-28, 2024
Long Beach, CA

Collaborative Annotation in the California Community Colleges: Cerritos College Stories – Hypothesis Sponsor Showcase


Presented by:

  • Lynn Serwin, English Professor and DE Coordinator for Student Engagement & Support, Cerritos College
  • Janet Mitchell-Lambert, Lead DE Coordinator and English Professor, Cerritos College
  • Dr. Francie Quaas-Berryman, Professor of English, Cerritos College
  • Dr. Nicholas Matthews, DE Coordinator, Accessibility and Communications Professor, Cerritos College

Speaker Bios:

  • Lynn Serwin has been an online educator for more than 20 years. Lynn brings the voice of the online student to the student support conversation across campus and the state. She has worked actively for California Acceleration Project (CAP) and 3CSN including presenting at their annual conferences. In 2019, Lynn was honored by Calbright College, the CCCC’s fully online college, for her “Promising Idea: Success Squads,” a student support portal/mentor program that focuses on connecting students to the college and to each other outside the classroom environment. Lynn holds an MA in English and a Certificate in “Teaching Writing Online”as well as numerous DE training from @ONE and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).
  • Janet Mitchell-Lambert serves as Cerritos College’s Lead Distance Education Coordinator, and has more than 25 years teaching experience, starting out at LAUSD’s District Internship program which set the foundation for her pedagogy which focuses on equity, humanizing, and supporting the development of student voice. She created a Teachers Helping Teachers retention program for Crenshaw. She has earned two Master’s Degrees in TESOL and English. In 2002, Janet began teaching English at the Community College level, presenting regularly at conferences, including MLA, NADE, CADE, CAP, 3CSN, and OnCourse. She is also passionate about multimodal composition and African-American literature. Janet teaches several @ONE classes designed to support online faculty in the state of California. In 2021, she won the CTX Outstanding Contributor to Professional Development Award from Cerritos College.
  • Francie Quaas-Berryman has been teaching for over 20 years including facilitating Learning Communities and the Puente program at Cerritos College. She is interested in student-centered approaches to online learning. She has completed an Online Teaching Certificate as well as a variety of DE training activities. Francie was instrumental in developing the Student Success Center that assists students with online tutoring, and skills development in college readiness. In addition, she has an MA in English and an EdD in Educational Leadership.
  • Nick Matthews serves as the Cerritos College Accessibility and General DE Support Coordinator. As a deaf person, Nick has always been interested in accessibility, and in his doctoral program, he became a DE expert through his dissertation, “Accessible Instructional Materials and Disabled Student Success.” Nick created a first-of-its-kind measure of perceived accessibility in DE courses. He has won multiple awards in the CSU system for his accessibility research, including a first place Grad Slam award at his campus and a finalist award in a CSU systemwide research competition. He is currently working to publish his research in peer-refereed journals. Nick is an experienced professional development presenter and has offered his “Accessibility State of Mind” workshop to Cerritos College faculty. In addition, he has completed DE course design training through @ONE, the Online Teaching Conference, and the “Beyond the Bootcamp” workshop at Cerritos.

Session Info:

The Hypothesis collaborative annotation tool has been adopted widely across the California community colleges to support a range of key initiatives from facilitating high-challenge, high-support pedagogy as part of acceleration efforts to increasing teacher-student and student-student interaction in online courses to generally fostering student sense of inclusion and belonging. This session will explore the power of collaborative annotation to make student reading active, visible, and social through stories from Cerritos College’s implementation of the Hypothesis tool in Canvas. Cerritos College administrators and instructors will share pedagogical use cases and best practices for collaborative annotation from across disciplines and modalities. Participants can expect to come away from this session with a clear idea about how they can start implementing Hypothesis at their schools or in their courses in order to improve student engagement. (Session attendees will have an opportunity to win YETI Rambler 14oz mug courtesy of Hypothesis.)


Session Outcomes:

  • Appreciate the pedagogical value of social annotation across disciplines and modalities.
  • Implement Hypothesis at their colleges or in their courses based on best practices.
  • Leverage collaborative annotation for equity-based teaching practices.

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