hypothes.is is our class social annotation tool. We’ll be using hypothes.is to read and think together about several key course texts. We expect that you’ll use annotations to ask questions, make connections to other readings, discuss ideas with classmates, and reflect on what’s you’re learning.

Here is how to get started in hypothes.is:

Step 1) Create a hypothes.is account (we’ll be using hypothes.is throughout this class) and add the hypthes.is extension to your browser. We strongly recommend that you use Google Chrome to annotate your assignments and that you install the Chrome extension for hypothes.is. Instructions are available here

Step 2) Join the class hypothesis group

Step 3) Try it out! You can post annotations that are publicly visible (that’s the default) or you can post annotations that are visible only to people in our class. To annotate only within our group, select our class group (INTD1227) on the top bar of the annotation panel before annotating:

Image description: Screen shot of hypothes.is annotation window showing the option to toggle public and group annotations

Step 4) You will also need to be able to annotate online PDFs. To do this, open your Chrome extensions settings (chrome://extensions/) and click the Details button next to the hypothes.is extension. Click to enable “Allow access to file URLs.” When it’s time to annotate the course PDFs, download the PDFs to your computer, then open the file in Chrome. Click File > Open File > and select the file you downloaded. Click the hypothes.is extension to open the extension on that PDF and annotate away! Here is a video to walk you through this process:

Learn more about hypothes.is and social annotation:

Quick Start Guide for Students – short and to-the-point guide for getting started

Student Resource Guide – a more comprehensive hypothes.is guide for students

YouTube video tutorials – video walkthroughs of hypothes.is functionality