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. The integration of Hypothesis into Canvas allows the tool to directly link to your Canvas files. Please keep in mind that Hypothesis will not work with materials in the Course Reserves area of your Canvas course.
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.
Why Use Hypothesis?
Annotation helps in reading comprehension and in developing critical thinking about course materials. Hypothesis enables students to continue this essential activity with online readings. Digital annotation also offers new affordances, enabling students to respond to text using different media and empowering them to collaborate on understanding and developing ideas about their readings.
Hypothesis has the potential to increasing student engagement, expanding reading comprehension, and building critical-thinking and community in classes. Collaborative annotation makes reading active, visible, and social, enabling students to engage with their texts, teachers, ideas, and each other in deeper, more meaningful ways. [web.hypothes.is]
Hypothesis Demonstration for Yale
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