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Making Student Reading Visible, Active, and Social in Canvas

Have you ever wanted to have an easy way to know if your students are actually reading what you assign? Have you ever wanted to connect with students directly to focus on key parts of a reading? To share what you think is important? To learn about the connections they make and the questions they have? To help them engage with each other? Collaborative annotation with Hypothesis can make student reading visible, active, and social.

More than 250,000 people are already using Hypothesis to annotate online, and together they have made over 6.3 million annotations on about 650,000 different documents, including textbooks, scholarly articles, public websites, and OER published on webpages and PDFs. The vast majority of these annotations were made by students, collaborating to leave breadcrumbs on their reading that teachers can follow, to add questions on specific passages and link to connections they make, and to engage with teachers and other students in discussion of ideas right on top of shared texts.

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Just last December, Hypothesis launched our learning management system (LMS) app, which enables single-sign-on with Instructure Canvas, along with any other platform that supports the IMS learning tools interoperability (LTI) standard. The LMS app makes it easy for any Canvas school to integrate Hypothesis in less than 10 minutes. Our supported pilots are helping Canvas schools like California State University-Channel Islands, Indiana University, Metropolitan State University Denver, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and University of Minnesota implement collaborative annotation in live classes with support and training to help make sure students can start annotating easily, following best practices from other educators.

New for the fall 2019 term, Hypothesis has added capabilities to our LMS app to enable teachers to provide feedback on student annotations directly in Canvas SpeedGrader. Now you can view and grade a single student's annotations in place on top of a reading assignment or in the context of annotations by other students. This new functionality makes it even easier for teachers to use annotation to connect student reading to learning. 

Start a supported Hypothesis annotation pilot at your school

Hypothesis also convenes AnnotatED — the community for annotation in education — to bring educators together to explore the impact of collaborative annotation and share their experiences. Visit AnnotateED to learn more about the virtual and face-to-face events we hold to bring people together, and the work we are doing to research and share how annotation is being used to augment teaching and learning.

About Hypothesis

Hypothesis is a US 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and spread of open, standards-based annotation technologies and practices that enable anyone to annotate anywhere, helping humans reason more effectively together through a shared, collaborative discussion layer over all knowledge. Hypothesis is based in San Francisco, CA, USA, with a worldwide team.

Hypothesis has developed its open source annotation software in collaboration with many partners and sponsors, including specific projects to augment groups and authentication capabilities with eLife, to enable annotation on EPUBs with NYU, the Readium Foundation, Evident Point, and EPUB.js, and many others. We thank our partners and community for working with us to advance standards-based, interoperable annotation for all.