Hypothesis: Collaborative Annotation for Canvas LMS

Last updated: October 6, 2022

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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

Resources for students 

Consider sharing the following links in your Canvas course, or point students to this page

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

Hypothesis Support

Workshops & Webinars

Hypothesis 101

If you’d like to learn more about Hypothesis and see a demo, register for an upcoming Hypothesis 101 webinar or watch a Hypothesis 101 recording.

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

Liquid Margins

Hypothesis hosts a recurring web “show” featuring instructors and staff to talk about collaborative annotation, social learning, and other ways to make knowledge together.

Offered throughout the year

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.

Vendor Help

  • 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.

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