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    Hypothesis - Social Annotations

    Hypothesis is a collaborative annotation tool that can be added to your readings in Canvas.  Hypothesis is a great way to ground student discussion in a text or add your own annotations beforehand to guide students through difficult course readings.  Students can create their own annotations (which are visible to the entire class) and respond to other students' annotations on the text.

    When students are adding annotations as part of an assignment, it is recommended to request high quality annotations such as:

    • Defining terms
    • Looking up references, linking to other resources
    • Opinions with evidence
    • Asking questions

    Students' annotations and responses can be graded by adding a Hypothesis enabled reading as an Assignment on Canvas.  When setup as an Assignment, you can use Speed Grader to review and grade student responses.

    Add Hypothesis Assignment

    1. Create a new assignment.  Write up instructions in the text box and fill out assignment details (points, due date, etc.).
    2. For "Submission Type" select External Tool, then click Find.
    3. Scroll down and click on Hypothesis.
    4. To use a Canvas course file, choose Select PDF from Canvas and select from list of course PDFs. 
      • Alternatively, you can use a resource on the web or a PDF on your Google Drive.  If you would like to use the Google Drive option, it will ask you to select the Google account that you would like to link.
    5. Click Select to configure Hypothesis for the assignment.
    6. Select Save & Publish.  Now this Hypothesis Assignment can be added to a course module.

    How to Use Hypothesis

    To create an annotation, select some text and click Annotate hypth-annotate.  The sidebar will open with a text box allowing you to create an annotation with text, links, and/or images.  By default, annotations are shared with the entire course.

    To respond to an annotation, click the Reply hypth-replybutton on an existing post.

    To highlight, select text then click Highlight.  By default, highlights are only visible to you.

    To toggle visibility of highlight on text, click the eye icon on the right sidebar: