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Note: if you want to use our SpeedGrader integration to assess students’ annotations, you’ll need to create your Hypothesis-enabled readings as Assignments rather than Module Items. 

1. Navigate to the Modules page of your course site.

Click the “+” button next to a Module to add a new Module Item:

2. Select External Tool from the drop-down menu at the top of the Add Module Item screen:

A list of tools that have been installed for your course site will appear. Click on Hypothesis.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

Click the Continue button.

5. Rename your Module Item

Use the Page Name text box to give your Module Item a sensible title, then click Add Item:

You will see your Hypothesis-enabled Module Item listed on the Modules page. When your students click on the Module item, the web page or document will open with Hypothesis enabled and scoped to your automatically-provisioned private group: