CLAS is a web-based system that integrates video playback, time based annotation and commenting, recording and media management all combined into one application. Students are able to manage their personal annotations and notes to promote self-directed study, while at the same time engaging in social commenting and discussion with their classmates to encourage peer learning.This workshop will begin with an overview of CLAS and how the application has been used around campus as a powerful teaching tool. It will then lead into the hands-on tutorial segment on setting up and managing a CLAS site.

By the end of the session, you will:

  • Gain a better sense of what CLAS is and what it is capable of
  • Get some ideas on how to incorporate CLAS into your course
  • Know the basics on how to set-up and manage a CLAS site
  • Know what resources are available to you

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Register for a workshop by clicking on a session listed below.

  • Dec

    (WEBINAR) Engaging Students Through Annotations – December 14, 2021

    Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    With educational technologies, the age old use of annotations takes on new dimensions. More specifically, the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) allows students to comment directly on PDFs, reply to other comments and organize their observations, leading them to engage with textual materials in a more meaningful way. The Zoom whiteboard provides a space for students to annotate documents in real time, allowing them to build on each other's knowledge to make new connections, together. This workshop will explore the pedagogical use of annotation tools such as CLAS and Zoom whiteboard. Participants will leave the session with new ideas on how social annotation can benefit their classes.

  • Dec

    (WEBINAR) CLAS: Collaborative Learning Annotation System – December 16, 2021

    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
    CLAS encourages self-directed engagement with online content while facilitating peer learning and collaboration at the same time. Besides providing annotation and collaboration, CLAS is also a well-equipped media application with features designed specifically to support education - most notably, to provide flexible and customizable access control of both videos and annotations/comments.