Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - How to set up annotation in Pressbooks with Hypothes.is

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This KB doc is for instructors who want to create annotation in Pressbooks with Hypothes.is. Instructors can use Hypothes.is as an annotator for editing groups working on a book, to handle peer review, and even as a classroom tool for students.

The first version of this document is copied with permission from the Pressbooks 101 documentation from L&S Learning Support Services.

Activate Hypothe.is for your Pressbook

By default Hypothes.is is not activated in your Pressbook. In order to turn on the annotation tool, click Settings on the right-hand menu, then click Hypothesis. This will load the Hypothesis Settings Page. The Hypothesis Settings menu includes:

  1. Highlights on by default – check this box if you want the annotation highlights to be turned on by default for your book.
  2. Sidebar open by default –  check this box if you want the annotation pane to be open by default on your book.
  3. Enable annotation for PDFs in Media Library –  check this box if you want to enable annotation for PDFs in your media library.
  4.  Content Settings  – these check boxes control where Hypothes.is is loaded on your book. They include the front page, blog page, parts, chapters, front matter, and back matter.
  5. Allow – these fields allow you to apply Hypothes.is to specific parts, chapters, front matter, and back matter.
  6. Disallow – these fields allow you to turn off Hypothes.is for select specific parts, chapters, front matter, and back matter.

A screenshot showing the Hypothesis settings in Pressbooks

A screenshot from Pressbooks showing more Hypothes.is settings

Register for a Hypothes.is Account

To use Hypothes.is you’ll need to register for an account.  To do so you’ll need to provide a username, email address, and password, and then click the Sign Up button. After that, you should receive a confirmation email with a link to click to validate your account.  If you don’t see this email check your Spam or Junk folder.

A screenshot showing the "SIgn up for Hypothesis" screen which includes fields to enter information for username, email address, and password.

Annotation

The first time you log into your Hypothes.is pane the How to Get Started box is displayed. It offers explanations of the different button functions and briefly how to use them.

A screenshot showing the "How to get started" screen in Hypothes.is with steps 1-6 detailed.

To create an annotation or highlight, start by selecting the text and then choose either annotate or highlight. Choosing annotation will open the annotation pane to a new blank annotation field. Selecting highlight will highlight the text you have selected.

A screenshot showing the Hypothes.is "Annotate" and "Highlight" buttons.

Annotation Pane Tour

  1. Filter, Sort, Share, and Account  buttons
  2. Turn on/off highlights, create annotation buttons
  3. Text editor formatting tools – bold, italic, quotation, link, media, LaTex, numbered list, bulleted list,
  4. Preview annotation
  5. Tags Field – add multiple tags separated by commas
  6. Post button – you can use the drop-down button to easily switch between Public, Private, and Group posting

A screenshot showing the Hypothes.is annotation pane.

Once you’ve created an annotation it will appear in the annotation pane on the right side of the page.  It features the text that you’ve selected to annotation at the top, your annotation, and tags.

In the screenshot below, draw your attention to (1) the annotation, in this case, I’ve provided a map of Edinburgh, Scotland to show other users what the city’s layout looks like, (2) what tags look like when you use them on an annotation, (3) the edit, delete, reply, and share buttons.

A screenshot showing the Hypothes.is annotation pane with an image of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the edit, delete, reply, and share buttons.

You can also adjust the width of the annotation pane by dragging it to left (wider) or to the right (narrower).

An animated GIF showing that you can adjust the width of the annotation pane by dragging to the left or right.

Creating a Group

I recommend following the Hypothes.is Creating a Group step-by-step guide video tutorial. While it displays annotation on a web page, it is accessed through the Hypothes.is panel the same way it would be on a Pressbook.

Joining a Group

I recommend the following Hypothes.is Joining a Group step-by-step guide video tutorial. This might be helpful to show students if you’re using a group to manage class annotations.

Review Annotation Activity

Once you’re the member of a group, you can easily review the annotation activity for that group. To navigate to the annotation activity for a specific group, open the annotation pane on your book and select the user icon to open the drop-down tray of options, then click on your username.

A screenshot showing the Hypothes.is pane with the User icon circled and a username highlighted.

This will load your account page, from there click Groups and from the drop-down tray select the group you want to review. For example, in the screenshot, the PPP Editors group is selected.

A screenshot showing the Hypothes.is account page with the "Groups" dropdown menu exapnded and the "PPP Editors" group circled.

This will load the group page that you’ve selected.  At the top of the page you’ll find (1) the group you’ve selected as a filter in the search box, (2) the account and group navigation options in the top right of the page, (3) a listing of the matching annotations for the group tag, (4) the name of the group and group information, (5) a listing of the top tags for the group, (6) a list of members in the group, and (7) the link to invite new members to the group.

A screenshot showing the Hypothes.is group page with 1-7 numbered as detailed in the previous text.

Resources

Hypothes.is offers some great resources for using annotations with students and in groups. Check out the following resources:

If you would like to create interactive content for your Pressbook please refer to Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - How to create interactive content in Pressbooks with H5P .
If you are done creating your interactive Pressbooks content and you want to embed it in Canvas you'll follow the next set of directions in Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - How to export a Pressbook as a Thin Common Cartridge for use in Canvas


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Keywords:content, authoring, pilot, pressbooks, write, book, interactive, multimedia, hypothes.is, annotate, annotation, highlight   Doc ID:84856
Owner:Content Authoring Support .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2018-08-13 11:51 CSTUpdated:2018-11-16 12:51 CST
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