Assignments Group Work/Collaboration Integrated Apps

Use Hypothesis

Last updated on October 3, 2022 is an app within Canvas that lets your students participate in social reading by collaboratively annotating course readings. By enabling students and faculty to add comments and start conversations in the margins of course documents, the Hypothesis app brings class discussions directly to the course content. Collaborative annotation engages students more deeply in course readings and gives faculty a view into how students are reading.


Uploading a File to the App

  1. Log into Canvas.
  2. Navigate to the Module where you want to locate the reading to be annotated.
  3. Click the + Button next to the Module to add a new Module item.
  4. Click External Tool from the drop-down menu at the top of the Add Module Item screen.
  5. Click Hypothesis.
    • You will have the option to either enter a web page URL or PDF or to select a PDF from Google Drive. Once you have completed one of these options, the file or web page will be uploaded in Blackboard and ready to be annotated.
  6. Type Name for the reading to be annotated in the Page Name text box.
  7. Click Add Item.

Annotating in Hypothesis App

  1. Log into Canvas.
  2. Go to the Module where the article you want to annotate is located.
  3. Click the Link to the article that is uploaded in
  4. Select the Text in the article that you want to annotate.
  5. Click Annotate.
  6. Type the annotation in the Annotation Composition window that opens. You can also add an image or links to the annotation.
  7. Click the button with the Name of the Course to post the annotation.
  8. Click the Reply Arrow to reply to an annotation that has been posted.