In December 2018, we released the Hypothesis LMS app, a tool that enables you to integrate collaborative web annotation for course readings in any LMS with single sign-on and automatic private annotation groups for each class. In August, we announced the Hypothesis app’s first LMS gradebook integration for Instructure Canvas. We are now pleased to announce gradebook integration for any LMS that supports IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), including not only Canvas, but also Blackboard, D2L Brightspace, Moodle, Sakai, and Schoology.
In the spring of 2020, we enabled our LMS app to allow teachers to assess student annotations directly in the Hypothesis tool, integrated with their LMS gradebook — making is possible to view and grade a single student’s annotations in place on top of a reading assignment or in the context of annotations by other students. These capabilities make it even easier for teachers to use annotation to connect student reading to learning.
Watch the recording and download the slides from our 4 December 2019 webinar, where Hypothesis Director of Education Dr. Jeremy Dean demonstrated how to use collaborative annotation in your class to make student reading active, visible, and social, how these new gradebook integration capabilities work in various LMSs, and everything you need to know to start using collaborative annotation in your blended or online classes by installing our app in your LMS and kicking off a supported Hypothesis pilot at your school. We also had plenty of time during the webinar to answer questions from attendees about various technical and pedagogical topics.
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Start using Hypothesis in your LMS and learn more about a supported pilot at your school.
- On using Rubrics in Canvas/Hypothesis: According to this Canvas help article, you need to first create an assignment with a different type (we tested “no submission” and it worked, the article recommends “online submission”), create a rubric, then go back and edit the assignment, changing the submission type to “External tool” and proceeding normally. There is a Canvas issue with rubrics that seems to affect all LTI tools. It looks like Canvas will consider adding this ability if this feature gets enough votes to put it among the top 10% of requested features.
- Information on adding Canvas files to the Hypothesis integration
- A guide to technical prep for using Hypothesis in your LMS with students
- Schedule time for technical integration help with Hypothesis Support Engineer Michael DiRoberts
- Schedule time for adoption or pedagogical consultation with Hypothesis Director of Education Jeremy Dean
- Visit the Hypothesis Help Center where you can browse guidance and send a specific request for help
- Try out the Hypothesis app in your LMS
- Start a supported annotation pilot program at your institution
- Visit AnnotatED: the community for annotation in education
Visit the AnnotatED community
Hypothesis also convenes AnnotatED, the community for annotation in education, to bring educators together to explore the impact of collaborative annotation and share their experiences. Visit AnnotateED to learn more about the virtual and face-to-face events we hold to bring people together, and the work we are doing to research and share how annotation is being used to augment teaching and learning.
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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 on the web. Our mission is to help people 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 develops its open-source annotation software in collaboration with many contributors. We thank our funders, partners, and entire community for working with us to advance standards-based, interoperable annotation for all.