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This explains how to create a Hypothesis-enabled reading assignment. The app allows you to share a webpage or PDF document with the Hypothesis sidebar automatically added within the LMS. If you have not installed Hypothesis in Schoology yet, see our guide for instructors who are installing Hypothesis in a Schoology course.

1. Add a new Hypothesis assignment

From the Materials section of your course, click the Add Materials drop-down and select Add File/Link/External Tool

Then click the External Tool button

In the Add External Tool window, enter the following:

  • Tool Provider:
    • Select Hypothesis
  • Title:
    • Choose an appropriate title for your assignment
  • URL:
    • https://lms.hypothes.is/lti_launches
  • To enable grading, check the Enable Grading box (optional)

Schoology configure External Tool

Click the Submit button to create the new assignment.

2. Select a reading

Open the new assignment in order to select a reading to add.

You will have the option to enter a publicly-viewable URL or to add a PDF from Google Drive.

Hypothesis content source selector

Expand the sections below for instructions to use each option:

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 the Submit button.

Click the button that says Select PDF from Google Drive. You will be asked to select a Google account and/or authorize the Hypothesis LMS App to access Google Drive.

Search or browse to select a PDF to use in your reading. You may also click the Upload tab to upload a new PDF to use.

Click on the file you want to use and then click the Select button.

Google Drive picker

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.


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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