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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.

3. Select the content source to use for your reading

You will have the option to enter a publicly-viewable URL, select a file from your Canvas file repository, or choose a file from Google Drive.

Canvas select content sources

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 Submit.

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

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.

Click the button that says 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.

Canvas file picker

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 Select.

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.

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: