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With Manifold, you have the option to annotate or comment on a project. What’s the difference?
Annotations can be added only to the text of a project.
Annotations can be set to be private or public.
Annotations show up seamlessly as part of the text, appearing underlined.
To see the annotations associated with that section of the text, you can be clicked on the underlined portion and the annotation menu will appear.
Comments can be added to text or resources (images, media, interactive element).
All comments are public.
Instructions for how to create annotations or comments are available in the Annotations and Highlights section of the Manifold User Guide.
There are three types of annotations:
Before you begin annotating, be sure that you have selected the correct annotation option under the "Current Group" heading.
Reading groups are a way to share annotations with a select group of individuals. They live separate from Manifold text/projects, allowing a group to annotate multiple texts or projects within Manifold.
Reading Group Roles
Reading Group Options
To set up a Reading Group, see the Manifold Documentation.
To set up a Private Reading Group, log into Manifold with your email and password by clicking on the “person” icon in the upper right of the screen.
Once logged in, click on the “person” icon again and then click “Manage Groups”
You’ll be taken to the “Manage Reading Groups” page. Click the “Create New Reading Group” green button in the upper right of the screen.
From here, you'll have several reading group options:
Group Name: Enter the Reading Group Name. For courses, we recommend using the course number.
Privacy: The default is for a Private reading group meaning only those within the group will see each other’s annotations. You could also have a public reading group where all group annotations would be publicly viewable or an anonymous reading group where annotations can be left but are not attributed to the group members.
Invitation Code: This code can be used by reading group members to join the reading group. You’ll receive a randomly generated invitation code. You may change this code. For courses, we recommend using the course number.
Invitation URL: This link can be sent to individuals you wish to invite to join your group. Your link invitation will be randomly generated unless you have changed the invitation code at which point, the invitation code ID will match the code at the end of the URL. Note that they will need to create a Manifold account prior to clicking the link.
Notifications: Check this box if you wish to receive an email each time a new member joins your reading group.
When finished, click the “Save” button.
When complete, you’ll see your group listed on the “Manage Groups” page.
As the Group’s creator, you will automatically become the group “Moderator”. Group Moderators can update group settings (invitation codes, privacy levels, etc.), delete members, and delete the reading group. You may not transfer the Moderator role over to another group member.
To invite members to your reading group, have them create a Manifold account and follow the invitation link or have them create a Manifold account and join with the invitation code.
Congratulations! You have created your first reading group!
By default, all annotations to a Manifold book are publicly available for anyone to read. In a private reading group, you will be able to annotate publicly available texts on Manifold but only members of your private reading group will see your annotations.
To join a reading group:
Go to: https://uw.manifoldapp.org/
Click on the “person icon” in the upper right of the screen
A box will pop up where you may enter your email and set up a password of your choosing. Below the Log In button you’ll see a small link called, Need to sign up? Click on the "Need to sign up" link to set up your account.
4. Enter your email address, full name, and a password of your choosing and create your account. We recommend you set up an account rather than link Manifold to your Facebook or Twitter account to protect your personal data. If you don’t want to remember an additional password, consider installing a password manager such as LastPass.
5. Once your account is created, you’ll be taken to a page where you have the option to customize your display name, add an optional profile image, or edit any of your personal information. You should be able to click the “save changes” button. You’ll see a Congratulations! message at the top of the screen indicating your account is saved!
6. From here, click on the “person icon” on the UW Manifold homepage again and then click on the “Manage Groups” link from the dropdown menu that appears.
7. You’ll be taken to the “Manage Reading Groups” page where you can join the reading group for your class. To “Join a Group,” add the reading code you received from your instructor into the text box and click the “join” button.
8. You’ll see a pop up box asking you to confirm you wish to join the reading group. Click “yes”
9. You’ll see your Reading Group name and your role as a member listed, along with the total number of members of the group listed. You are ready to begin annotating a text(s) as part of your reading group!
By clicking on a group in the list, you will be taken to that group's dashboard. Here you will be able to view the group information, edit the group, and see all the annotations made by group members. Each annotation will also include the portion of text annotated, the name of the group member who made it, and the time the annotation was made. The two dropdown menus on the right allow you to filter the annotations by text or group member.