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Deep reading and the ability to thoughtfully analyze and annotate work is an essential skill to successful studying, comprehension, and writing. Instructors need a way to understand students’ comprehension and engagement with works, and reviewing a student's annotations is one way to do this. Also, students’ comprehension of works, as well as their skills in deep reading and annotating, are significantly improved by interacting with others through comments and annotations.

Hypothesis is a lightweight browser add-on that allows students to highlight and annotate web pages and PDFs. These notes are available to the student whenever they access the annotated documents and may be held privately to the student, or shared either with a select group, such as a class, or publicly. Integrated with Canvas, this tool:

  • Provides students and faculty with a single point of access to the relevant documents and annotations through their Canvas courses without requiring a separate authentication in Hypothesis
  • Allows instructors to assign, review, and easily grade annotations
  • Provides students with permanent access to their annotations of works


Hypothesis is being made available to UCSC for Fall 2020 under a pilot agreement. If you use Hypothesis in your course, you will be asked to complete 2-3 surveys throughout the quarter regarding the product, and you may be asked to forward a survey to your students. Your participation in these surveys will directly influence whether the product is purchased for Winter 2021 and beyond. Contact Leslie Kern, Learning and Instructional Products Portfolio Manager, for additional information.


If you would like to learn how to use Hypothesis in your course, click these links for online resources:


Our next workshop will be scheduled soon

This webinar will:

  • Present how collaborative annotation with Hypothesis can be used to make student reading visible, active, and social
  • Demonstrate how teachers are using annotation-powered reading to empower student writing, helping students develop these foundational academic skills
  • Share pedagogical best practices for collaborative annotation, including demonstrating how Hypothesis can be used with course readings in Canvas and integrated with the gradebook
  • Discuss with participants how Hypothesis collaborative annotation can be used in their specific disciplines and with their specific teaching and learning objectives

Participants can expect to come away from this session with a clear idea about how they can start incorporating collaborative annotation into their courses to improve student success.

Webinar hosted and led by Hypothesis staff


Contact Hypothesis for questions about the application: support@hypothes.is

Contact the FITC at canvas.help@ucsc.edu