Hypothesis in Canvas

Website with Hypothesis panel open on right side

Hypothesis allows you and your students to have a shared conversation on a website or PDF, using annotations.
Thanks to the Canvas-Hypothesis integration at Wake, you and your students do not have to create a Hypothesis account when using it inside of a Canvas course.
And you use the Canvas SpeedGrader interface to grade Hypothesis assignments!

FACULTY videos: 

How to create a Hypothesis Assignment in Canvas, add annotations, use SpeedGrader
How to create a Hypothesis link in Canvas that is not tied to the gradebook

FYI re. hyperlinks in a Hypothesis reading in Canvas

For your STUDENTS— you can post these in your Canvas course:

How-To Video: How to complete a Hypothesis Assignment in Canvas 

Website of tips re. content: Annotation Tips for Students


–Use Chrome or Firefox browser when building your Hypothesis assignments. Some faculty have reported problems with Safari when building a Hypothesis assignment in Canvas.

–Next semester if you copy that Canvas course content forward, be sure to rebuild the Hypothesis assignment(s) in the new course. (The company reports that sometimes a copied-forward Hypothesis link works in Canvas, but is usually problematic. Better to rebuild it.)

–If you’d like to link to a subscription database article / e-book that requires a login, please note that these links may not work with Hypothesis, since everyone is logged in to a different “instance” of the page. Please see ZSR’s guidance here or reach out to them for more information.

–If you choose to upload a PDF from your Google Drive, please note that the integration automatically changes the sharing properties of that PDF. While it will not be searchable online, it will become “Anyone with the link can view.” Here is more information about sharing settings with Hypothesis and Google Drive. 

–If you create a PDF from a scanned item and the text is not recognized / you can’t click to select words, you can use Adobe Acrobat DC to make the text recognizable / “OCR.”  (WFU faculty, staff and students can download Acrobat DC, part of Creative Cloud,  at software.wfu.edu)

–Some faculty have asked if there is a way to hide students’ annotations from each other in Hypothesis (as in a VoiceThread using “Comment Moderation.”) The company replies that is not available at this time but may be in the future.

For more information about Hypothesis or for about using Hypothesis outside of Canvas,



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