MLPR forum, Autumn 2020
We will collaboratively annotate and discuss the class materials using a system called Hypothesis. You can highlight a particular part of the notes, attach a comment or question, and get responses from other students and the lecturers. It's also possible to annotate any page or PDF anywhere on the web!
We have a video demonstration and discussion.
Please follow the instructions below to get access to our closed group. The class won't see your questions unless you post them to the MLPR group. If you have any trouble, after reading the instructions, please email Iain.
To sign up
- Create an account on Hypothesis. You can't change the username of a Hypothesis account. It can be nice for the class to see your real name, but pick a pseudonym if you will be more willing to ask questions that way.
- Register your username with us, and follow the instructions to access the "MLPR 2020" group.
If you get a "browser looping problem" (perhaps after turning a VPN on/off), then press log out and then a second log out button from your University login, and try again. Email Iain if it still doesn't work.
If you have already signed up: access the Hypothesis MLPR group.
Once Hypothesis is turned on (see above), select any text in the notes, and click the annotate button that pops up:
Please only make your annotations within the MLPR 2020 group, not in Hypothesis's world-readable "Public" stream. Posting in the group means the class, and only the class, can easily find and read your comments. You select the group (once you have joined it) in a drop down menu in the top right of Hypothesis-enhanced pages.
Hypothesis remembers your preference, so once you have selected the Hypothesis MLPR group once, things should be straightforward.
Your comments will normally be plain text, but can use
github-like Markdown formatting.
Put three backtics
``` on lines above and below any code snippets you
post. If you're writing maths, you can use LaTeX-like markup inside
\(...\). The submit button should say "Post to MLPR 2020".
Now anyone browsing the notes within the Hypothesis MLPR group can open up the sidebar and see the comment. Anyone can also make further comments. Please answer each other's questions!
Highlighted text indicates that a comment has been made. You can see the comment by clicking on the highlighted text. You can also expand/collapse the Hypothesis sidebar by pressing the arrow in the top right of the page.
You can also click and drag that arrow to make the sidebar wider (or narrower), which can be useful if a comment thread gets deeply nested.
You should get email notifications of responses to your comments. However, please also look at other people's comments while you are reading the notes, and check out the comment stream every so often to see what other people are reading and saying. The sign-up page above also has an option to get email digests from us.