Web-based annotation is the digital version of adding highlights, comments, notes and other marginalia to print-based texts and documents. Hypothes.is is a free online tool that enables faculty and students to engage in a collaborative and shared reading experience.

Possible Uses

The practice of web-based annotation transforms the solitary act of reading into a collaborative, social experience. The Hypothes.is platform is quite flexible in meeting various instructional needs such as: 

  • Jump starting conversations about course readings ahead of class
  • Identifying areas of confusion in the text shared among multiple students
  • Providing contextual annotations (e.g.definitions, web-links to other articles) to help students understand key concepts and make connections
  • Creating an alternative space for students to comment on course readings (beyond digital discussion boards or  written reading response papers)
  • Support connected learning principles in coursework


Support we offer:

  • Overview of the pedagogy of web-based annotation
  • Brainstorming various instructional uses for web-based annotation to support teaching, learning and research
  • Activity design for reading assignments or research projects that integrate web-based annotation
  • Evidence-based practices around the use of web-based annotations to support student learning
  • Sample formative assessments to collect learner feedback
  • Using Hypothes.is as part of Moodle


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Contact Information

To schedule an instructional consultation in the use of web-based annotation, contact:

Instructional Designer - Connected Learning

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