Information for Teachers: Adopting eComma

eComma is more than an online tool. It is a collaborative research project whose goal is to examine the pedagogical affordances of social reading.  And Open Education is fundamentally about teachers and learners sharing their ideas and experiences with each other. Therefore, after piloting eComma,  please send us a brief description of your “experiment” and we will add it to our growing collection of classroom case studies.

Use eComma for social reading with your students

Read this eComma lesson planning guide for ideas about how to plan a digital social reading lesson for your students.

Install eComma

There are three ways to install eComma:

  1. The easiest way adopt eComma is to add eComma to your Canvas, Blackboard, or Moodle course, or any other Learning Management System (LMS). Just add it as an external app:
    1. Use the agreement form at and receive configuration information by email.
    2. Find detailed LMS set up instructions under the headings “To Consider” and “LMS integration > STEP 2 > FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR LMS” on
  2. COERLL can set up a private installation for your classroom.
    1. Read over the “To Consider” and “How to Set Up an eComma Annotation Text on the COERLL server” sections and the under the Teacher tab at
    2. contact us for assistance.
  3. You can host an eComma drupal module instance on your institutions server. You will need to contact your campus IT support desk (or perhaps your Language Media Center) to help with the following details:
    1. eComma is a Drupal module and requires a server that runs Drupal.  So, before you can adopt eComma, you must determine whether Drupal is available on your campus. Drupal is an open source content management system, similar to the well-known learning management systems Blackboard or Moodle.  Because content management systems require technical support, they are not adopted by individual instructors, but rather by institutions.
    2. Once you have verified that Drupal is installed on a campus server, you are ready to set up your module.  Directions on how to install the eComma module are available on the Developer page.  Directions for setting up classes and uploading texts can be found on the eComma technical page.  Again, both of these steps will require the help of campus technical staff familiar with Drupal.

Share your experience

After piloting eComma,  please answer a few short questions about how you used it (survey link) for inclusion in our collection of case studies.

Still have questions?  Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.