What is Hypothes.is?

Hypothesis is an easy-to-use pedagogical tool that enables students and teachers to have conversations in the margins of digital texts. Using social annotation gives you new ways to promote student success by building community, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of readings.

Writing in the margins has always been an essential activity for students. Annotation helps in reading comprehension and in developing critical thinking about course materials. Hypothesis enables students to continue this activity with online readings. Digital annotation also allows students to respond to text using different media and to collaborate on understanding and developing ideas about their readings.

An institutional version of Hypothesis for Education, which can be integrated into Blackboard, is currently being trialled at the University of Manchester for 2021/22 for semester 1 units (currently, it is available until January 2022).

For an introduction to this tool and its features:

Watch the recording of Chris Millson, eLearning Manager at the University of Manchester Library, presenting an overview as part of our Digital Teaching Showcase on 22nd July: Introduction to Hypothesis (starts at 00:22 minutes)

View the slides from the University of Manchester Hypothesis Workshop run by Jennie Blake , Head of Teaching & Learning Development at the University of Manchester Library.

Those who are interested in Hypothes.is can sign up for a training session here.

For any questions regarding Hypothes.is training, contact either Chris Millson (chris.millson@manchester.ac.uk) or Jennie Blake (jennie.blake@manchester.ac.uk).

Additionally, head to the Hypothes.is Yammer Group to keep up-to- date with the latest information.

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