11 Enabling Feedback

We highly recommend that you have your work peer-reviewed, even if you’re just adding a small portion of content to a text. A variety of organizations, including Rebus Community and Open Textbook Network, can assist you with the process for this.

Even after your new parts have been peer reviewed though, it’s helpful to collect feedback from the actual end users of the book–that means students and instructors who are considering or adapting it.

You can actively and manually solicit this feedback from people within your discipline. Pressbooks also offers some built-in ways to collect feedback without this labor.

First, you could leave comments on. (We only recommend this if your school has an Akismet key to block spam and has integrated it with Pressbooks.)

You can also indicate a way to contact the authors from the book home page.

The third way is through Hypothes.is, which you can enable for your book in Pressbooks.

Hypothes.is is a nonprofit with a mission to help people annotate the web.

On Pressbooks, it works like this:

  • Readers can log in to Hypothes.is, then go to your webbook on Pressbooks.
  • They can add comments wherever they would like. For instance, they can reflect on or respond to something that was said and start a conversation with other students. Or, they can add comments if they find something that needs adjustment (a typo or outdated link, for instance).
  • Note that the public feedback cannot be removed from the book.
  • You can also use Pressbooks in a more private way, by creating a private group and adding specific hypothes.is users you invite to that group. If they comment in the group, only the group can see the comments.

Here’s how to enable Hypothes.is on your book in Pressbooks.

By default, Hypothesis will not appear on any pages of your webbook. To enable it, follow these steps:

  1. When you are logged in to your book, go to “Settings” –> “Hypothesis”
  2. Select your default behaviours for:
    1. Displaying highlights
    2. Displaying the sidebar (you can make it open by default if you wish)
    3. Enabling annotations on PDFs stored in your media library (NOTE: we discourage the use of your media library for this kind of storage)
  3. Select the parts of your book on which to allow Hypothesis annotations.
  4. Save your changes.

Here’s a quick guide to using Hypothes.is to collect feedback.



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