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  5. Creating Hypothesis-Enabled Readings in D2L

This guide assumes a D2L administrator has already installed the Hypothesis LMS app at the organization level and granted access to the tool provider for your course/department/organization. For installation instructions, please see our help article: Installing the Hypothesis LMS app for D2L.

1. Add Existing Activities

In the Content area of your course, navigate to the Module or course area where you’d like to add your Hypothesis-enabled reading. Click on the Add Existing Activities drop-down and select External Learning Tools from the menu:

On the Add Activity dialog, click the Create New LTI Link button (you may have to scroll down):

3. Add a title and the Hypothesis LTI URL

  • Title:
    • Enter a sensible title for the Hypothesis-enabled reading.
  • LTI URL:
    • https://lms.hypothes.is/lti_launches

Click the Create and Insert button when you’re done.

4. Configure assignment as an “External Resource”

Click the down-arrow to the right of the name of new LTI Link, and select Edit Properties In-place.

Location of

Check the box to Open as External Resource.

Location of "Open as External Resource"

5. Select the document to be annotated

Click on the title of the LTI Link you’ve just created:

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

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.

Only files for which you have edit permission are able to be used by Hypothesis.

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

Google Drive picker

Note: This process will change the sharing permission of the selected Google Drive file to allow the PDF to be shown to anyone viewing the assignment. For more information please see our document about using Hypothesis with Google Drive.

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

Once logged on, browse to select a PDF to use in your reading. You may also select the Upload option to upload a new PDF to use.

Only files for which you have edit permission are able to be used by Hypothesis. You will be unable to use PDFs that belong in any Shared Libraries.

Click to select the file you want to use and then click the Open button.

OneDrive file picker

Note: This process will change the sharing permission of the selected OneDrive file to allow the PDF to be shown to anyone viewing the assignment. For more information please see our document about