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1. Under Assignments, click “Assignment”

Blackbaud assignment button

2. Name your assignment, and in the “Select An Assignment Type” drop down, choose “Homework”

Blackbaud assignment type drop down

3. In the “Learning Tool” drop down, select “Hypothesis”

Blackbaud learning tool drop down

4. Set up grading information if you’re using it, and then click Save.

Blackbaud grading settings

Blackbaud save button

5. Click on the assignment item you just created and then launch Hypothesis.

Blackbaud enter assignment page

Blackbaud launch button

6. Configure your Hypothesis assignment.

You will have the option to enter a publicly-viewable URL (See Step 6A) or to add a PDF from Google Drive (See Step 6B). The screen will look like this:

Click the button that says Enter the URL of web page or PDF. On the Enter URL dialog, enter a link to a public web page or PDF. Please note that the content at the link must be publicly viewable (i.e., not behind a login or paywall).

Click Submit.

Note: This process will change the privacy of the selected Google Drive file to “Anyone with the link can view,” creating a publicly-viewable URL for the document. Please see our page on sharing settings in Google Drive for more information.

Click the button that says Select PDF from Google Drive. You will be asked to authorize a Google account, and then you’ll be able to search for and select a file, or upload a new one. Click on the file you want to use and then click Select.

Click Submit.


PDFs must have optically recognizable text in order to be annotatable in the Hypothesis app. If you can select text in the PDF, no further action is needed. If you can’t select text in the PDF, you’ll need to follow our instructions for how to OCR-optimize a PDF.

After selecting the URL or PDF for your assignment, you may need to refresh the page, or close and re-open the assignment, before you can start annotating.

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