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