Hypothesis Group Annotation

Hypothes.is adds a collaborative layer over any online content. Through the power of social annotation, we can make online discussions more meaningful, productive, and engaging.

For 2023-24, Brock University has an institutional license to integrate http://Hypothes.is into Brightspace.

Examples of use

  • Roberto Nickel used Hypothesis in CLAS 1P95 Myths of the Greek and Roman Gods to replace 25 seminars in his large 500 person first year class. Read the case study for more information.

  • Martin Danahay used Hypothesis in his third year Victorian Anthology course to teach textual analysis. Read the case study for more information.

Video Instructions

Below is a video detailing the process of creating groups in Brightspace and associating them with Hypothesis for group annotation.


Below are the steps for creating groups in Brightspace and then associating them with Hypothesis for group annotation.

  1. From the navbar, select Course Tools > Groups.

  2. Select the New Category button to create a new set of groups.

  3. Create the group category. This will require a Category Name, Enrollment type, etc. Learn more about creating groups from https://cpibrock.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/BLEDOCU/pages/966688771 and https://cpibrock.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/BLEDOCU/pages/981041177. Select the Save button when finished.

  4. From the navbar, select Content > Add Existing > External Tool Activity.

  5. Scroll to the bottom of the External Tool Activity menu and select Create New LTI Link.

  6. Title the new LTI Hypothesis (or based on the reading you’re assigning), and add https://lms.ca.hypothes.is/lti_launches as the LTI URL. Upon entering the URL, the Tool menu should automatically update to read Hypothesis.

  7. Select Create and Insert.

  8. The link will be created as a learning object in the Content area. Click the Open Link button to open Hypothesis.

  9. In the Assignment Details window copy and paste the URL of the webpage/PDF of the reading the groups will be annotating.

  10. Check the checkbox next to This is a group assignment.

  11. Select the newly-created groups that were made in Brightspace from the Group set drop-down menu.

  12. Select Continue.

The groups will now be integrated into the Hypothesis tool, along with the reading the students will be annotating. Group members will only see annotations made by other members of their group.




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