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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), choosing a file from Google Drive (see Step 3B), or selecting a file from your Canvas file repository (See Step 3C). The screen will look like this:

On the “Link Resource from External Tool” screen, 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). Here we’ve chosen a Wikipedia article, but you can link to blog posts, open-access books, journal and news articles, HTML pages, etc.

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. However, the document URL will not be shared with anyone outside your course and cannot be easily discovered.

On the Link Resource from External Tool screen, click Use Google Picker:

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.

You will be brought back to the “Link Resource from External Tool” screen, where you’ll see a Google Drive URL in the text box. Click Submit.

If Canvas developer credentials were not provided during the app install process, this option will not be available.

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 Use Canvas File.

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

Note: in some browsers, you might not see visual indication that your file has been selected after clicking on the file title.

4. 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:

Students can start annotating right away with no need to join a group, log into Hypothesis, or switch the group scope selector.

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