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Hypothesis can be used for a variety of text annotation activities in both online and face-to-face classes. 


Hypothes.is is a collaborative annotation tool that enables sentence-level note-taking and conversation on top of any text available in PDF, or on the web.

Take a look at Hypothesis in action in Canvas:

Makes Reading Visible

Instructors and students can easily post notes and annotations on virtual textbooks, articles, documents, etc., that can be seen by the rest of the class. If you've ever wondered if your students are doing the reading, this is a great way to find out.  

Makes Reading Active

Students "do" reading actively using annotation practices to unpack what they are reading; highlight, reflect, and ask questions in real-time, recording their annotations for instructor and/or peer review.

Makes Reading Collaborative

Instructors can create an assigned reading for the whole class, or in small reading groups. It’s a great way to provide asynchronous interaction between students in remote teaching, as well as supplement in-person classes.

How to Use

Watch the quick overview of how to create a Hypothesis assignment in Canvas:

Additional How-To Resources

Hypothesis Partner Workshops

Teacher Resource Guide

Webinar: Social Annotation for beginners

Register for On-Going Hypothesis Workshops


For model assignments, product tutorials, teacher testimonials, and much more, visit the Hypothes.is Educator Resource Guide. Direct your students to the Student Resource Guide for student-centered materials, including tips for best annotation practices, inspirational poetry about marginalia, and more.

Guides and Tutorials

Hypothes.is Resources: Hyposthes.is Help page with FAQs and tutorials. Subject matter specific application guides are available on their Resources collection. 


Tool Information

  • Functionality
    • Scale: Unlimited course use.
    • Ease of Use: Hypothesis is easy to use. Most instructors and students will pick it up quickly.
  • Technical
    • Web Browser: The Hypothesi  Bookmarklet, Chrome extension,and LMS application will work within any modern web browser running a version released within the last 12 months.
      • Internet Explorer and legacy versions of Edge are no longer supported.
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