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What is Hypothesis?

Hypothesis is an easy-to-use social annotation tool that makes assigned readings active, visible, and social by enabling students to add comments and start conversations directly within the margins of digital text. It engages students more deeply in assigned readings and gives teachers the power to take static web content and turn it into integrative material. With Hypothesis:

  • Instructors can enable Hypothesis on assigned readings, such as public web pages and PDFs
  • Students don't need to install or sign up for anything
  • You can grade student annotations from assigned readings in SpeedGrader

Getting Started with Hypothesis

Share these resources with your students to quickly get them acclimated to using Hypothesis in your course.

  • Hypothesis Partner Workshops - Participants will gain a clear understanding of how to start incorporating social annotation into their courses to improve student outcomes. These 30-minute sessions are great introductions to using Hypothesis and social annotation in your courses.
  • Liquid Margins Podcast - Listen to educators gather to talk about collaborative annotation, social learning, and other ways to make knowledge together.
  • Learn all about accessibility at Hypothesis.


What is Social Annotation? Open
Why use Hypothesis? Open
Isn't there a browser extension for Hypothesis? Open
What do I need to do to get started? Open

How to get support for Hypothesis.