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Currently, the Lessons tool is the only place where we have been able to add Hypothesis-enabled readings to a Sakai course. We are researching other places in which an external tool like Hypothesis can be added to Sakai. Let us know if you can think of any!

1. Add the Lessons tool to your course site

Some Sakai instances do not enable the Lessons tool by default. If you do not see it in the left navigation menu of your course site, you’ll need to add it manually.

Go to Site Info > Manage Tools:

Check the box next to the Lessons tool:

Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click Continue, and on the next page click Finish.

If you need assistance with adding the Lessons tool to your course site, please consult Sakai’s documentation or your institution’s LMS team.

2. Create Hypothesis-enabled Content Item

Navigate to the Lessons tool and click on the Add Content button at the top of the page:

From the Add Content menu, select Add External Tool:

Select Hypothesis from the External Tool Selector:

Click Save and you will be brought back to your Lessons page.

3. Rename the Hypothesis-enabled Content Item

Click on the Edit button next to the Content Item you’ve just created:

Change the Item Name and click Update Item:

You’ll be brought back to your Lessons page, and the name of your Hypothesis-enabled Content Item will have changed.

4. Select a Document for Annotation

Click on the title of the Content Item.

You will have the option to enter a publicly-viewable URL (See Step 4A) or to add a PDF from Google Drive (See Step 4B).

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.

Click Submit.

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


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