Mark-UP: Facilitating Reading Comprehension through On-Line Collaborative Annotation
AUC: Apple Computer Australia
Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Communications and Multimedia, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
This paper describes the theoretical foundation, design philosophy, and development process for a product to assist in the development of students’ cognitive self-regulatory skills when engaging in reading activities at a tertiary level. Mark-UP is an on-line tool, developed using MySQL and PHP and delivered in an OS X server environment, to facilitate students’ engagement with academic texts. Students annotate, discuss, and add resources to on-line readings within a pedagogical framework of reciprocal teaching, designed to promote metacognition and develop students’ independent skills in reading and understanding academic texts.