Available for : Instructors Students
Hypothesis is a collaborative annotation tool integrated with Canvas that supports shared annotations within a course, discussion in response to annotations, and active reading of text. Instructors select Hypothesis as an external tool when setting up an assignment and can also choose to assign readings to groups. Students can then annotate course readings collaboratively, sharing comments, and replying to each other’s comments with text, links, images, and video. Hypothesis is also fully integrated with SpeedGrader for efficient review and grading of student annotations.
Resources for instructors
- Set up Hypothesis readings through Canvas Assignments
- We recommend selecting the Load In A New Tab option when setting up a Hypothesis assignment. This will allow for a better reading experience for students, especially those who magnify the contents of their screen for accessibility purposes.
- Set up Hypothesis readings through Canvas Modules
- Grade Hypothesis annotations in Canvas
- Copy or Import a Course with Hypothesis readings
- If you are using Canvas Files or Groups for any Hypothesis readings you will need to take additional steps before the assignment works in the new course.
- Hypothesis FAQs
Resources for students
Consider sharing the following links in your Canvas course, or point students to this page
- Guide to Hypothesis in Canvas
- Learn the basics of navigating and using Hypothesis
- Guide to Annotation Types
- Short screen casts show how to highlight, annotate, make page notes, and reply to others’ notes
- Using images, links, and videos in annotations
- Jazz up your annotations with this deep dive into the editing interface
- Annotation etiquette for students
- Create stand-out annotations with these five best practices to make your annotations stand out
Hypothesis helps you to
- Provide a new way for students to discuss class readings
- Help students consider multiple viewpoints when reading
- Assist students in close and active reading of texts
- Encourage students to engage critically with readings
Workshops & Webinars
New to Hypothesis? Join a Getting Started workshop just for UW!
Join our Hypothesis CSM, Jessica Fuller, on Wednesday, Sept 21 at 3:00pm to learn how collaborative annotation with Hypothesis can be used to make student reading visible, active, and social.
Hypothesis Partner Workshops
Each quarter, Hypothesis offers a variety of (typically) 30min workshops led by their team. Are you looking for ways to help your students develop their close reading skills and increase their engagement with your course materials? Maybe you’re seeking a more collaborative approach to reading complex texts while building community? Get ideas you can bring back to your courses, students, and colleagues for how to use Hypothesis for social annotation.
Topics for this quarter:
- Activating annotation in Canvas
- Using multimedia & tags in annotations
- Using Hypothesis with small groups
- Creative ways to use social annotation in your course
- Show-and-tell participatory workshop
Hypothesis hosts a recurring web “show” featuring instructors and staff to talk about collaborative annotation, social learning, and other ways to make knowledge together.
Previous workshop recordings
If you missed any of the Hypothesis partner workshops offered during autumn quarter, you can find recordings on the Hypothesis YouTube channel.
- The Hypothesis Knowledge Base includes FAQs, tutorials, how-tos, and troubleshooting tips.
- Schedule a meeting with Hypothesis Customer Success Specialist Autumn Ottenad for instructional design advice or questions on how to best use Hypothesis in your course.
- Watch Liquid Margins, the Hypothesis web series, to learn more about how other instructors use collaborative annotations in their course.