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HyperDocs for Libraries

Posted in: Blog, Instructional Design, News

What is the 21st century equivalent of a worksheet? Consider the HyperDoc.

A template for a hyperdoc

A template for a hyperdoc

I discovered HyperDocs through a recent MLA News article (subscription required). HyperDocs are a “transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction,“, according to the HyperDoc Girls, a group of three teachers who coined the term after their schools adopted Google Apps for Education.

HyperDocs take components of a worksheet, such as directions and links to more information, and add collaboration and reflection, creating a digital space for blended learning and interaction.  “A HyperDoc is a digital document where all components of a learning cycle have been pulled together into one central hub,”  writes Jennifer Gonzalez of the blog Cult of Pedagogy. She provides a good example of a how HyperDocs work using a ‘digital roadtrip’ geography lesson.

Hyperdoc Example

Hyperdoc Example from Cult of Pedagogy

HyperDocs are gaining popularity in K-12 settings, including school libraries. School Library Journal covered the trend in April 2017, while Our Lovely Library presents a “before” and “after” perspective on using HyperDocs for a research project lesson.

What other uses could HyperDocs have in libraries? A couple ideas: a student-built resource guide,  a hub for flipped classroom materials, or a self-paced guided tutorial for primary source documents.

Hyperdoc Library Example

Hyperdoc Example from Our Lovely Library

Personally, I think HyperDocs have potential as a tool for teaching information literacy skills. There’s a seems to be a congruence between the hyperdoc learning experience and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. Perhaps this is a tool to help cross the threshold? If you’re interested in learning more, try starting with this pre-built HyperDoc template in Google Drive or browse this directory of K-12 HyperDocs for inspiration.

Happy HyperDoc-ing!




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