Hypothesis Social Annotation

Hypothesis social annotation is a tool used for stimulating student engagement with course readings and materials. Using Hypothesis, instructors can make PDFs and websites annotatable. Students can annotate course readings collaboratively, sharing comments and replying to peers’ comments. Instructors can also create annotation assignments. This interaction fosters collaborative learning and empowers students to share their thoughts in a safe space.

Successful strategies for using Hypothesis include:

  • Having students ask each other questions, share ideas, and collaborate around their learning.
  • Inviting students to annotate the syllabus.
  • Making readings annotation-enabled to create an optional space for students to connect with each other.
  • Guiding students through the reading with instructor annotations.
  • Using Hypothesis for seminar-style discussion online.
  • Recommending that students annotate the lecture notes