About Hypothesis in Canvas at IU

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Hypothesis (also known as Hypothes.is) is an open-source annotation tool that is commonly used for annotating information on the web. Hypothesis has developed a Canvas app that seamlessly facilitates annotation of PDF documents or web pages by the members of a course either as an assignment or a module item.

The Hypothesis Canvas app automatically provisions accounts for all students and instructors in the Canvas course site. This means that everyone can navigate to a Hypothesis-enabled reading and begin annotating without ever creating or logging into a separate account. The app also automatically creates a private Hypothesis group for the members of the course so class members can only access these annotations within Canvas.


Hypothesis is also integrated into Pressbooks at IU; however, the process for creating an account in Pressbooks is currently different than it is for Canvas. For more, see:

Sign up for the pilot

Hypothesis is currently in pilot at Indiana University. To sign up for the pilot, visit Next.IU, click the Pilots tab, and then click Sign up for the pilot. Once you have filled out the form, you'll be contacted for next steps.

Known issues

  • All users need to authorize Hypothesis each time they access a document or website with Hypothesis active.
  • When creating an assignment or module item using a PDF file in Canvas Files, there is no visual indicator that the selected file is actually selected.

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Get help

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus.

For help from a UITS Support Center consultant, fill out the "Ask for Help" form found in the Canvas Help menu. You can also contact your campus Support Center directly.

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Last modified on 2019-05-10 12:46:39.

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