By Scott Robinson

Whether you are teaching web literacy and having students read, write, and participate on the internet, are creating or using an Open Educational Resource online, or or are simply teaching a traditional text like a poem or article that just happens to be online, you and your students can use Hypothesis to collaboratively annotate anything on the Internet.

What is Hypothes.is? Hypothes.is is a browser plugin that extends the ability of your Web browser to annotate Web pages in any way that is useful for your professional or scholarly work.

Why would you need Hypothes.is? Hypothes.is enables you to change the central point of interest from a link in a course to the actual location of the online artifact.

How are faculty using Hypothes.is? Hypothes.is can be used to highlight areas of a Web page and ask questions as part of a rhetorical strategy, create a bibliography, and link additional media. It enables collaborative conversations about particular points in articles or websites that can engage not just your students, but others outside of the class such as the author and/or interested academics, students from other classes or universities, grad students, professionals, etc.


  1. Create a Hypothesis account at hypothes.is. While there, install the plugin or bookmarklet for your browser. Chrome is the best browser to use in this case, because you can download the hypothes.is extension.

  2. Browse to a website, article, pressbook, pdf, etc. you would like to annotate and activate the Hypothesis tool. Highlight a section of the text on the screen and click the annotate button that appears.

  3. Type in your comment and click “post.”

Hypothes.is also gives you the option to post publicly or privately, edit, tag, and share your annotations, and search annotations by user or by tag. If you someone has already created an annotation, you can begin a discussion by commenting on it.

Things to keep in mind as you and your students use hypothes.is:

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