Guide: Glossary

annotated item

An editable version of a case or text block. (See also Clone.)


An modification which allows users to add, edit, or remove information from a piece of text without actually changing the underlying text. The annotations that H2O currently offers are hide text, replace text, add comment, add link, and highlight or tag. Annotations can be thought of as a layer on top of the existing text.


A copy of an already-existing playlist or annotated item. A cloned item automatically carries over the previous author’s edits (and attributes the original item to the original creator), but then allows the current author to modify those edits as she sees fit.


The main screen for an individual user. This pages lists all items that the user has created. Click the user name in the upper right corner of any screen to navigate to the dashboard. (See also workshop.)


The précis or other explanatory text provided by an item’s owner—whether to a playlist, collage, link, or other item. (See also notes.)


an option on annotated items that allow H2O users to report errors or feedback to the item owner. Feedback is visible in the item owner's dashboard.


Additional explanatory information provided by a playlist author for collages in that playlist. An author may choose to set the notes to private or public, and to change these settings on the fly. For instance, at the end of a semester, a professor can change all notes associated with a collage from private to public to provide students with additional information about each collage. (See also description.)


A collection of items culled together by a user. Playlists can consist of other (sub)playlists, annotated items, cases, text blocks, PDFs, images, videos, audio, and links. Authors can add descriptions to each playlist. Playlists are akin to books, chapters, modules, and other collections of content. (See also clone.)


The setting that allows only the owner of the item to see and modify that item. No other users can see or modify an item set to Private (though setting an item to private after it was set to public would not change any of the actions associated with the item when it was public—for example, if a remix was made of a public collage, and then the collage was made private, the remix will still exist for the other user). (See also public.)


The setting that allows anyone who accesses H2O to see and, where possible, create derivative works of an item, under H2O’s Terms of Service (including its Creative Commons license). (See also private.)


an option on annotated items that allow H2O users to respond with their thoughts and reactions. When responses are enabled, the response field is below the annotated item's text. Responses are only visible to the item owner when he or she is viewing the item.


The list of all publicly available items in a user’s collection of H2O materials. You can see another user’s Workshop by clicking on that user’s name. (See also dashboard.)