The process for creating Hypothesis-enabled readings in Blackboard differs depending on whether an admin has installed the app or an instructor is using the app without a Blackboard admin installing it for them.
If an administrator has installed the app:
1. Make Hypothesis Available in the course site
a. Go to Customization in the course site sidebar
b. Click on Tool Availability
c. Find Hypothesis
d. Click the box in the third column, Available in Content
2. Under Course Content, click “Build Content”
3. Select Hypothesis under the “Create” section
4. Name your Hypothesis assignment (ex. “Hypothesis Reading 1”) and click Save.
If you want to be able to grade this assignment later, you’ll also need to click “Yes” next to Enable Evaluations. You will not be able to change this setting later.
If you do not have this option, your Blackboard administrator needs to enable grading in the Hypothesis admin settings. You can direct them to step 2e in this guide.
5. Click on the content item you just created.
6. Configure your Hypothesis assignment.
You will be able to create an Hypothesis-enabled reading by linking to a publicly-viewable page or document (see Step 6A), choosing a file from Google Drive (see Step 6B), or (if enabled for your school) selecting a file from your Blackboard course files (See Step 6C). The screen will look like this:
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.
On the “Assignment content” screen, 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.
Note: This option is only available if Blackboard Files Integration has been enabled for your school.
On the “Assignment content” screen, click the button that says Select PDF from Blackboard:
You will then be able to browse your Blackboard course files to select the PDF you wish to use in the Hypothesis reading. Highlight the file you wish to use and click Select.
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.
If an administrator has not installed the app:
1. Under Course Content, click “Build Content”
3. Select Web Link under the “Create” section:
4. Fill in the Web Link information
- In the Name field, enter a sensible name for the annotatable reading assignment.
- In the URL field, enter
5. Click “This link is to a Tool Provider”
6. If you want to grade the assignment, make sure you select “Yes” for Enable Evaluation
Note that you will not be able to change this setting later.