Dr. Ashley Hall is an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin State University
Perhaps you are like me and find that students get overwhelmed by all the information being presented to them. I use eTextbook annotations to help students focus their attention and prepare for class discussions or assignments. My favorite MindTap feature is the ability to add notes or highlights and share them electronically with students.
To open the eTextbook, click on a reading assignment while you are in MindTap. To highlight a phrase or sentence, click and drag your mouse. You can highlight the text by clicking and releasing your mouse click. To share the highlight with students you can choose the first circle (orange), under the Highlight Text heading, with the arrow inside. This will send the highlight directly to students’ eTextbooks. This feature can be used to alert students to a section in the chapter.
You can also choose Add Note from the pop-up menu. You can also type your message to students from the Add Note screen. Click the Share button and then click Save to send your note to students’ eTextbooks. The notes feature can be used in many ways, including to notify students.
They should be prepared to discuss a topic in class
This section could be an essay question for a upcoming exam
This information will be required to complete an assignment in the next class session.
No matter what note you have, annotations can be used to help students focus on particular sections of the text. This will help them better prepare for exams and assignments, and improve class discussions. MindTap makes it easy to add annotations. This is a powerful tool that helps students learn and prepare better.
Watch this tutorial video with Ashley to see how eTextbook annotations are done in MindTap.
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