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. To use the Hypothesis Canvas app in a course, you'll need to order Hypothesis through the IU eTexts Initiative.

Hypothesis is available at a discounted price through the IU eTexts Initiative. To place an order for Hypothesis, follow the instructions in Use IU eTexts to order digital course materials and use ISBN HYPOTHESIS000 when completing order forms. For assistance with ordering, submit a request via the IU eTexts Service Catalog.


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:

Learn more

To contact Jeremy Dean, IU's customer support representative at Hypothesis, send mail to jeremydean@hypothes.is.

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 2023-05-15 13:59:55.