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The Marginal Syllabus convenes and sustains conversations with educators about issues of equity in teaching, learning, and education. Through author and organizational partnerships, and by using the web annotation platform Hypothesis, the Marginal Syllabus fosters a participatory and open experiment in professional learning for educators eager to join critical conversations about equity and education.

The Marginal Syllabus embraces an intentional political and technical double-entendre; we partner with authors whose writing may be considered marginal – or contrary – to dominant education narratives, and our online conversations occur in the margins of texts using web annotation.


News and Updates

April 18, 2018: More conference acceptances! Marginal Syllabus researchers and partners will also be presenting about educator collaboration, learning analytics, and more at 2018 I Annotate (San Francisco, CA, in June) and the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention (Houston, TX, in November).

April 4, 2018: The Marginal Syllabus will be attending the 2018 Connected Learning Summit at the MIT Media Lab this August. Two presentations have been accepted: A paper about learning analytics and sentiment; and a spotlight about design principles.

April 2, 2018: Join April’s Marginal Syllabus conversation, featuring partner author Erica Hodgin, here.

March 2, 2018: Join the March Marginal Syllabus conversation, featuring partner authors April Baker-Bell, Raven Jones Stanbrough, and Sakeena Everett, here.

February 27, 2018: The Marginal Syllabus is participating in Open Education Week (March 5-9) and is listed as an open resource.

February 1, 2018: Join February’s Marginal Syllabus conversation, featuring partner authors Joseph Kahne and Benjamin Bowyer, here.

January 8, 2018: The January Marginal Syllabus conversation, featuring partner author Danielle Allen, can be accessed here.

January 7, 2017: Writing for MiddleWeb, Kevin Hodgson discusses “Using Crowd Annotation to Close-Read the World.”

December 10, 2017: Marginal Syllabus partner author (May, 2018) and regular participant Steve Zemelman writes “Great Conversations Over Outstanding Essays on Students’ Civic Futures.

December 6, 2017: From Kevin Hodgson, regular Marginal Syllabus participant, “Annotation Invitation: Critical Literacies and Student Stories

December 4, 2017: By Nicole Mirra, Marginal Syllabus partner author (November, 2017), her post-conversation reflection “Fostering Democratic Dialogue with Digital Annotation” via DML Central

December 1, 2017: Join the December Marginal Syllabus conversation, featuring partner author Linda Christensen, here.

November 9, 2017: Marginal Syllabus featured in Remi Kalir’s interview with the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast

October 31, 2017: The November Marginal Syllabus conversation, featuring partner authors Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia, is happening here!

October 20, 2017: Contribute to the Marginal Syllabus by celebrating the National Day on Writing! The Marginal Syllabus is:

October 12, 2017: Marginal Syllabus featured in Chronicle of Higher Education ProfHacker post by Maha Bali about “Collaborative Annotations You May Want to Join

September 28, 2017: The October Marginal Syllabus conversation, featuring a blog post by partner author Henry Jenkins, is live – read and annotate here!

September 19, 2017: We’re launching the 2017-18 Syllabus! Visit Educator Innovator to learn more about Starting at the Margins: An Invitation to Writing our Civic Futures

August 31, 2017: Listen to Marginal Syllabus organizers on NWP Radio.

Read these additional podcast resources, too.