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How to Interact with this Handbook

This handbook was built in dialogue with the students who have sought the Teaching and Learning Center’s support and guidance, and it will evolve as we continue this dialogue. The text here is in no way intended to be exhaustive, and its claim to authority is limited. Its aim is to help beginning CUNY teachers feel better supported as they learn to navigate their courses. We are more than happy to incorporate community feedback into future iterations of this text. In fact, this project’s vibrancy and relevance depends on such feedback!

To facilitate this work, we have activated the annotation tool on this site.

How does annotation work?

This online handbook allows you to underline or comment on a single word, passage, or longer selection of text via an annotation layer that sits on top of (though is separate from) our site. To interact with this feature, simply double-click on any word or passage and then click on the highlight or annotate button that appears above or below your selection. The parts of the texts that have already been annotated will be highlighted in yellow.

How to start using

  1. The first time you want to annotate you have to create an account with
  2. Double-click on any word on the page. A button will appear right above or below your selection that asks you to highlight or annotate
  3. Clicking on either of these buttons will open a screen on the right of the page, which will ask you to create an account with
  4. Follow this link and create an account using your email address
  5. Now go back to the handbook page and log in
  6. After logging in you can start annotating the text and read others’ annotations

A note on privacy:

  1. By default, your annotations are set to public, which means that anyone can read them
  2. However, every time you create an annotation, you can choose if you want it to be public, private, or only available to a group
  3. You can create groups by going back to your profile on, where you’ll see a tab for groups next to your name in the top right corner. Click on create new group
  4. You can add members using their email addresses or account names
  5. The groups you’ve created or are a member of will show up under the group option each time you annotate

Please annotate away! If you have comments that you would like to share directly, please send them to us at