External App: Hypothesis
The Poorvu Center will be piloting Hypothesis for six months, available to all academic courses in Canvas for the Spring 2021 term.
Hypothesis is a collaborative, digital annotation tool, which allows students to add comments, notes, and highlights to the margins of a shared digital document, whether it is an article on the web or a PDF. Annotation types include highlights, comments, notes, and replies to other students' annotations and notes. Annotations can be made public, private, or only visible to a group of students.
Hypothesis features include:
- The ability for instructors to embed student discussions directly in digital texts.
- The ability for instructors to create assignments that allows students to read and respond to their peers' annotations, prompting reflection and promoting a sense of community.
- The ability to encourage joint student discussions and create active and social learning opportunities.
Hypothesis will work with files stored in your Canvas site's Files area.
Hypothesis will NOT work with materials in your course sites Course Reserves tool or any materials stored in library databases like ProQuest or JSTOR which require a proxy service.
Hypothesis can be added to your Canvas site as a Module for ungraded group annotation, or as an assignment for graded annotation for individuals or groups. You do not need to enabled Hypothesis for your course, you can go directly to Modules or Assignments to begin using it.
Hypothesis Demonstration for Yale
- Hypothesis in Canvas vendor demonstration: Hypothesis in Canvas: Collaborative Annotation as Discussion Forum 2.0
- Hypothes.is: Back to School with Annotation: 10 Ways to Annotate with Students
- New York Times Learning Network Blog: Skills and Strategies | Annotating to Engage, Analyze, Connect and Create
For more help with Hypothesis, or our pilot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.