Preventing Abuse

UPDATE (2016-05-24) "Involving page owners in annotation". Recent events (here, here, and here) have prompted us to rethink how the technology we are building can be used not only to discuss and enlighten, but also to harass and abuse. Here's the heart of the matter: most web annotation systems, ours included, don't currently provide [...]

By |2020-03-22T17:41:52-07:0029 Mar 2016|

Classrooms Annotating the State of the Union

We're annotating tonight here: State of the Union address Or, for a direct link that includes the application, click here: State of the Union address (with proxied) One of the coolest experiences I've had with collaborative annotation is watching folks live-annotate a document just made public. This happens everyday on Rap Genius when new music is [...]

By |2016-01-20T22:38:32-08:0011 Jan 2016|

The Literary Anthology in the Age of Web Annotation

On Monday (December 14th, 2015), we hosted the first in a series of webinars focused on the pedagogy of web annotation. A recording of the live stream is viewable below and at the Google+ page for the event. This first installment, "The Literary Anthology in the Age of Web Annotation," was focused on using web annotation in the English classroom and [...]

By |2015-12-17T20:34:34-08:009 Dec 2015|

Undergrad Shannon Griffiths on Using Hypothesis in the Classroom

This blog was written and published by Shannon Griffiths, an English major at Plymouth State University. Her professor, Robin DeRosa, is using Hypothesis in several of her classes this term. Check out her Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, hosted on PressBooks and annotated using Hypothesis by her undergraduates. DeRosa's students annotating Christopher Columbus's [...]

By |2016-01-20T22:38:47-08:0030 Nov 2015|

Using Hypothesis Groups in the Classroom

A couple of weeks ago, we quietly released a new feature here at the ability to annotate websites and PDFs in groups. Previously, all annotations created using were either public or private (“only me”). Now you can create a group and invite others to join you in annotating a text or set [...]

By |2016-01-20T22:38:57-08:0017 Nov 2015|

Call for Annotations: Hypothesis Reading Group for James Brown’s Ethical Programs

In honor of Open Access Week, October 18 through 25, the University of Texas at Austin’s Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL) will lead a collaborative annotation of James Brown's new book Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software (University of Michigan Press, 2015) using the Hypothesis platform. Hypothesis is free and open source software [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:37:30-07:008 Oct 2015|

Really, You Can Annotate Anything

Well, any text, that is. Hypothesis is working with various partners on image and video annotation, but this blog is about the range of texts that you can annotate using the app. For a long time, I've limited my pitch to teachers, telling them that they could collaboratively annotate readings with their students if the texts were [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:49:33-07:0022 Sep 2015|

Back to School With Annotation: 10 Ways to Annotate With Students

It’s back-to-school season and I find myself once again encouraging teachers to discuss course readings with their students using collaborative web annotation technologies like Hypothesis. Though relatively new to Hypothesis, I’ve been making this pitch for a few years now, but in conversations with educators of late I’ve come to realize that we often mean different [...]

By |2021-04-26T11:37:30-07:0025 Aug 2015|

Introducing Hypothesis for Education

We have all seized the white perimeter as our own and reached for a pen if only to show we did not just laze in an armchair turning pages; we pressed a thought into the wayside, planted an impression along the verge. I’ve always been a compulsive annotator, beginning in middle school when I [...]

By |2020-03-22T17:45:43-07:0026 May 2015|

Annotating Educational Resources

On June 9-10, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE),, and Lumen Learning convened a 2-day summit focused on the annotation of open educational resources (OER). The meeting's principal organizer was Ahrash Bissell of MITE. Education is a compelling environment for annotation because the practice of annotation in educational settings has value for [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:56:49-07:001 Jul 2014|