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Using the Hypothesis app within Assignments allows some additional functionality over creating Module Items. Instructors can assess student work in SpeedGrader, assign the reading/annotating to a particular Canvas Group and also set due dates or dates of availability for the Assignment. 

1. Navigate to your Assignments page and click the “+ Assignment” button

Location of "+ Assignment" button

2. Scroll down to the Submission Type field

Note: some users may have to click a More Options button to see this field.

From the drop-down menu, choose External Tool and click Find

Location of submission type options

Then click Hypothesis from list of tools

Select Hypothesis external tool

On the next screen, you will be able to create an Hypothesis-enabled reading by linking to a publicly-viewable page or document (see Step 3A), selecting a file from your Canvas file repository (see Step 3B), or choosing a file from Google Drive (See Step 3C). The screen will look like this:

Select content source

On the “Link Resource from External Tool” screen, click Enter URL of web page or PDF and paste a link in the text box. Please note that the content at the link must be publicly viewable (i.e., not behind a login or paywall).

Click Submit.

Location of "Enter a URL of web page or PDF" button

"Enter URL" window

Note: This feature requires use of the Canvas Developer Key.

Note: You must upload PDFs to your Canvas file repository before completing the steps below. The Canvas File Picker does not allow for uploading new documents.

On the “Link Resource from External Tool” screen, click Select PDF from Canvas.

Location of "Select PDF from Canvas" button

You will see a list of PDFs that have been uploaded to your Canvas file repository. Click on the title of the file you wish to use and click Submit.

Canvas file 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.

On the “Link Resource from External Tool” screen, click Select PDF from Google Drive:

Location of "Select PDF from Google Drive" button

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.

Google Drive picker

4. Indicate if this will be a Group assignment

Note: This feature requires use of the Canvas Developer Key, and may not yet be available in all Canvas environments.

By default your Hypothesis reading will make all annotations visible to all students, or, if Sections integration is enabled, split into smaller reading groups based on Canvas Section membership.

You also have the option to allow the creation of reading groups based on an existing Canvas Group Set. To enable this, check the box to indicate This is a group assignment, then select the appropriate existing Group Set from the drop-down list.

Location of "This is a group assignment" checkbox and "Group set" drop-down

If you do not want to designate the reading as a groups assignment, leave the Group assignment box unchecked.

Click the Continue button.

5. You will be returned to the Configure External Tool window

Notice that the URL text box is now populated. Click Select.