Instructor Email Digest FAQ

The Hypothesis daily email digest for instructors is the first phase in our commitment to improving social engagement with annotations. This is in a beta phase and we will work to improve upon it based on user feedback.

1. What will the email contain?

The email will contain an update on the previous day’s annotation activity in an instructor’s assignment. It will contain the total number of annotations and a breakdown of the courses they are associated with.

Subject: There has been some activity in Hypothesis



Your students made 34 annotations in assignments yesterday. Let your students know about the activity to encourage the ongoing conversation.

Making sociology fun Students made 30 annotations in assignments.

History of jazz music Students made 4 annotations in assignments.

Hypothesis Team


2. Who will receive the email?

All instructors associated with a course will get the email. However, the instructor must have launched at least one Hypothesis assignment in the course otherwise Hypothesis will not recognise the instructor and be able to send an email.

3. How often will I receive an email?

Instructors will receive the email every day annotations have been made in assignments.

4. Will I receive an email if no annotations have been made?

If no annotations have been made in your assignments in the previous day you will not receive an email digest.

5. How can I make the most of this email?

We recommend using the email to increase student engagement with your readings and with each other . Where students have left annotations you can reply to them. You can also use the email to let your students know there are annotations to check out!

If you’ve received no email that day then you know no annotations have been made, this might be helpful to give your students a nudge and complete the assignment.

6. How can I easily find the new annotations in the assignment?

Once you’re in the LMS you can sort annotations by “newest”.

7. What does “beta phase” mean?

The daily email digest feature is in a beta phase. This means it is the first iteration and feedback will be gathered from instructors in order to make the email even better in the future!

8. How can I share feedback with Hypothesis?

Each email you receive will provide a link to a survey where you can provide your feedback on how you’ve used the email and what we can improve.

9. Can I unsubscribe from the emails?

Yes! The email will provide an unsubscribe link at the bottom. However, we’d really love to get as much feedback as possible to make the product as useful for you as we can.

We’re exploring the option of changing the frequency of emails; your feedback on this will be appreciated!

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