Hypothesis Available for Winter and Spring 2021

The Fall quarter pilot of the Hypothesis social annotation tool was a success, engaging 115 instructors teaching 125 courses and engaging 2500 students. The faculty and students' survey results were overwhelmingly positive, and highlighted how collaborative annotation can be a key tool in developing critical thinking and analytical skills.

Hypothesis is an annotation tool that allows students to highlight and annotate web pages and PDFs. These notes are available to the student whenever they access the annotated documents and may be held privately to the student, or shared either with a select group, such as a class, or publicly. Integrated with Canvas, this tool:

  • Provides students and faculty with a single point of access to all documents and annotations directly in Canvas

  • Allows instructors to assign, review, and easily grade annotations both individually and through group interactions

  • Provides students with permanent access to their annotations of work

Key Resources

Hypothesis Self-Paced Course

Online Education has created a self-paced course for faculty to learn more about Hypothesis, including how to use the tool, creative uses and best practices of Hypothesis, and how to set up Hypothesis with Canvas assignments.

Click here to enroll in the course.

Upcoming Workshops

All workshops below are offered by the vendor. Click here for full descriptions of workshops.

Using Hypothesis with small groups

This workshop focuses on the options for using Hypothesis in small groups, and it will cover how social annotation can be used to create a more collaborative learning environment.

Grading Hypothesis-enabled readings

This workshop will walk you through not only how to grade, but the intent and purpose of grading annotations in Hypothesis-enabled readings. The Hypothesis team will share examples of annotations in courses and lead a discussion about grading.

Using multimedia in annotations

This workshop will walk you through how to add multimedia as annotations, and offer ideas for embedding images and videos.

Creative ways to use social annotation in your courses

In this workshop, our team will lead participants in a discussion about how collaborative annotation with Hypothesis can be used in their particular disciplines and dovetail with their specific teaching and learning objectives.

Additional Support