The University of Virginia (UVA) is now the most recent school to sign up for the Hypothesis LMS Pilot Program, joining Cal State Channel Islands and Davidson College and the rest of the educational institutions in the AnnotatED community pioneering the implementation of collaborative annotation for teaching and learning.
Students and teachers at UVA have been using Hypothesis outside the LMS for years now with two large-scale projects that stand out. English professor John O’Brien integrated the Hypothesis WordPress plugin in his NEH-funded Open Anthology Literature in English. Students in O’Brien’s classes annotated canonical texts, mostly from the 18th century, as a public humanities project. Also, in a group of first-year general education courses, over six-hundred students annotated one of the founding documents of the University itself, the Rockfish Gap Report, as part of the Engaging Democracy at UVA project.
UVA is the first Sakai school to join the Hypothesis Pilot. While the Hypothesis LMS app integrates with any LTI-compliant LMS, we are particularly excited to work with the open-source Sakai. Beyond the basic functionality that Hypothesis offers for collaborative annotation of course readings, we’ve been in discussion with other Sakai schools like New York University and Duke about exploring how else annotation can fit into the workflows of students and teachers within the LMS, for example for teacher feedback or peer review of student writing.
As the spring semester winds down for most in higher education, we are in negotiations with more and more colleges and universities about piloting Hypothesis in the 2019–2020 academic year — so, expect more posts like this and reach out to us if you would like to explore a pilot at your school.
Hypothesis is a mission-driven organization dedicated to the development and spread of open, standards-based annotation technologies and practices that enable anyone to annotate anywhere, helping humans reason more effectively together through a shared, collaborative discussion layer over all knowledge. Hypothesis is based in San Francisco, CA, USA, with a worldwide team.
Hypothesis has developed its open-source annotation software in collaboration with many partners and funders, including specific projects to augment groups and authentication capabilities with eLife, to enable annotation on EPUBs with NYU, the Readium Foundation, Evident Point, and EPUB.js, and many others. We thank our funders, partners and community for working with us to advance standards-based, interoperable annotation for all.