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Hypothesis is an open-source collaborative tool supporting the annotation of and discussion around digital texts. Hypothesis provides a marginal discussion area to documents such as webpages and PDF files. Hypothesis can be enabled on select readings (public webpages and PDFs) and can be public, private or restricted to a group of users. Hypothesis provides four types of annotation: highlights, annotations (highlighted text with an associated comment), page notes (comments on a page without highlighting), and replies to annotations and page notes.

Why Use Hypothesis?

  • Collaborative annotation can engage students more deeply in course readings, can encourage close-reading, and can give the instructor insights into student comprehension of the readings.
  • Web-based annotation can encourage the referencing of other resources on the web that may serve to illustrate the text.
  • Asynchronous discussion around a text can deepen a sense of community of practice with the course and help to prompt discussion within class.

How to Add Hypothesis to Your Course

Hypothesis is available in the Canvas learning management system as well as on the McGraw Commons course website platform. Contact for more information.

Additional Resources:

Hypothesis in Canvas: Collaborative Annotation as Discussion Forum 2.0 and associated slides

Back to School with Annotation: 10 Ways to Annotate with Students

Skills and Strategies | Annotating to Engage, Analyze, Connect and Create, New York Times Learning Network Blog

OIT has reviewed the security and architecture of this tool.

Date posted: April 28, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Hypothesis