Hypothesis Canvas Learning Tool Integration

Hypothesis Learning Tool at UMD

  • The Hypothesis social annotation tool is available to UMD instructors as a Canvas learning tool integration from August 1, 2021 - August 1, 2022.
  • During this time period, licensing will be covered by UMD ITSS.
  • Use the request form below to request installation of Hypothesis in a Canvas course.

Hypothesis Social Annotation

Hypothesis is a social annotation tool that enables sentence-level note taking or critique on top of classroom reading, news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and more. These annotation tools can lead to interactive discussions, searchable text, and social tagging of reading. This can lead to a richer experience with a scholarly work, industry publication, or literary work.

Hypothesis Canvas Learning Tool Integration

The Hypothesis Canvas learning tool integration provides additional functionality for educators and students beyond the publicly available Hypothesis web browser extensions. Using the Canvas integration, students can annotate web pages and articles (PDF) as graded or ungraded activities. Instructors can find additional benefits supported by the Canvas integration, such as:

  • Student accounts are automatically generated through Canvas enrollment versus having students sign up for their own accounts or instructors having to set up private groups for classes when using the browser extension.
  • The integration limits and manages interactions to Canvas courses and is FERPA compliant, per a signed agreement with the University of Minnesota.
  • For graded assignments, the integration connects the Hypothesis Assignments to the Speedgrader and Gradebook
  • New in Fall 21! There is a more seamless integration with the Canvas groups experience and an improved import process are now available.

Request Hypothesis integration for your Canvas Course

To request the Hypothesis Canvas Integration in your Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Canvas course, please fill out the Hypothesis Canvas Integration Request Form.

After filling out the form, an ITSS Academic Technologist will contact you within 24-48 hours to confirm the installation of Hypothesis in your course and to share relevant information and support opportunities.

If you have additional questions about using Hypothesis, contact Karen Jeannette at [email protected].

UMD and UMN-Twin Cities Hypothesis Fall 2021 Workshops

If you are using or considering using Hypothesis at UMD this semester, please sign up for one of several opportunities to learn about using Hypothesis this fall.

During these workshops, Autumn of Hypothesis will discuss how collaborative annotation with Hypothesis can be used to make student reading visible, active, and social. She will also demonstrate how teachers are using annotation-powered reading to empower student writing, helping students develop these foundational academic skills. In addition to sharing pedagogical best practices for collaborative annotation, Autumn will demonstrate how Hypothesis can be used with course readings in Canvas. After presenting, Autumn will lead participants in a discussion about how Hypothesis collaborative annotation can be used in their specific disciplines and with their specific teaching and learning objectives. Participants can expect to come away from this session with a clear idea about how they can start incorporating collaborative annotation into their courses to improve student success.

Register for one of several opportunities to learn about using Hypothesis. Faculty and academic technologists from UMD and UMN will be in attendance.