Collaborative Web-based Annotation with Hypothesis

Thursday, January 21, 2021:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The registration period has closed for this event. is a free digital tool that enables web-based collaborative annotation of documents among students and instructors. Hypothesis ( allows users to add their comments, notes and other marginalia to web-pages, PDFs and other documents hosted online, thereby providing a space for students and instructors to engage in asynchronous discussions of course readings. This workshop will provide an overview of the tool with an emphasis on various instructional uses of web-based annotation and the ways in which it can complement other digital tools used as part of remote teaching. Examples of how Colgate faculty have used will be shared, as well as feedback from Colgate faculty and students who have recently used in their courses.

This session will take place as a Zoom meeting. Participants will receive the link to join the meeting via their confirmation email.



Session Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will know how to:

  • Understand the affordances of web-based annotation to promote student engagement in and completion of course readings

  • Identify various instructional uses of

  • Utilize support resources for implementing during the shift to remote instruction

  • Prepare their assigned readings to be made available online in a format that is compatible with

  • Use within their Moodle course if desired

Target Audience


Workshop Length

30 minutes plus an optional 30 minutes for Q&A and instructional consultations.



  • Overview of the tool and the pedagogy of web-based annotation

  • Examples assignments, activities and other instructional uses of web-based annotation in

  • Instructional design recommendations for the creation of activities and assignments using


Christine Moskell
Instructional Designer

Additional Resources

Registration open through 1/21/2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Zoom Session (online)


Zoom connection link will be included in the email confirmation.

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Set-up a Zoom account at (you will be prompted to download the Zoom App if this is your first time logging in to Zoom). For assistance, view Getting Started on Windows and Mac (resource published by Zoom)

and the Colgate Zoom Settings Overview (Video Tutorial)