Tip Sheet: Collaborative Annotation in Canvas using Hypothes.is
Hypothes.is is a collaborative online annotation tool that is now available in Canvas. The tool allows students to collaboratively annotate websites and PDF documents. With the Canvas integration, students do not need to create accounts and their annotations can automatically be seen through SpeedGrader.
This tool is particularly useful for active reading assignments, collaborative research, textual analysis, and other engagement activities. The Hypothes.is for Education page has many great examples to find inspiration and ideas. For more assistance in integrating Hypothes.is into your course, please contact email@example.com.
Setting Up An Hypothes.is Assignment
1. Create a new Assignment in Canvas.
2. Under “Submission Type”, select “External Tool”
3. Type “Hypothesis” in the “Enter or find an External Tool URL” box and click “Find”
4. Click on Hypothesis from the options presented.
5. Select the type of document the students will be annotating. Choose from the following options:
- a URL for a web page or PDF,
- a PDF file you have already uploaded to Canvas,
- or a PDF in your GU Google Drive.
6. Set up the Assignment to reflect your intended due date, how many points it is worth, etc.
If this is not a graded assignment, enter 0 for points. Note: If you choose “Not Graded” for “Display Grade as”, you will not be able to add Hypothes.is to the assignment. Find more information on setting up Assignment parameters in Canvas.
7. When you click “Save and Publish,” you will need to authorize Hypothes.is to use Canvas to create accounts.
8. After your students have made their annotations, you can access individual students’ annotation through the Canvas SpeedGrader.
Tip: Provide clear guidance to what kinds of annotations you are expecting the students to provide in the Assignment description. As an instructor, you can also use the Hypothes.is tool within the Assignment to model the kinds of annotations you would like to see and respond to students’ comments directly.