The Social Learning Innovator Awards 2024

The Social Learning Innovator Awards 2024

Recognizing Excellence in Social Annotation

Hypothesis is excited to announce the 2024 Social Learning Innovator Awards, honoring educators and institutions that excel in using social annotation to foster engaging learning experiences. This year, we invite educators to nominate themselves or their peers who have demonstrated innovative and impactful uses of social annotation.

Award Categories

  • Humanities and Arts
  • STEM
  • Computer Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Business
  • Social Sciences
  • Institution-wide Initiatives
  • Administrators
  • Pedagogy
  • OER

Nomination Process

Nominations are open to educators who have utilized social annotation in unique and effective ways. To nominate an educator, please submit a detailed description of the nominee’s contributions and the impact of their work.

Key Dates

  • Nominations Open: Aug 1, 2024
  • Nominations Close: Sep 5, 2024

How to Nominate

To submit a nomination, please fill out the nomination form. Provide detailed information on how the nominee has used social annotation to enhance learning and engage students.

Join us in celebrating the innovators who are transforming education through social learning.

For more details, visit our official awards page.

Award Categories:



  • Humanities and Arts: For instructors who have innovatively applied social annotation in the fields of English, literature, history, philosophy, religion, languages, music, visual arts, and other related disciplines.
  • STEM: For instructors employing social annotation to foster collaborative exploration in areas such as physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Computer Science: For instructors utilizing social annotation to advance their computer science courses in innovative ways.
  • Health and Science: For instructors who have used social annotation in innovative ways to delve deep into medical cases, research articles and journals, health theories, and the broader field of medical sciences.
  • Business and Economics: For instructors who’ve transformed discussions in the realms of business strategies, economic theories, and case studies using social annotation.
  • Social Sciences: Recognizing instructors in areas such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, geography, and political science who have utilized social annotation to explore and discuss complex societal issues.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: For instructors who cross traditional discipline boundaries, integrating multiple subject areas using social annotation.
  • OER: For programs who have utilized social annotation in innovative ways through OER materials that have helped reduce costs for students.
  • Pedagogy: For a program that has implemented social learning which has enhanced engagement and pedagogical innovation.



  • Administrator Award: An administrator at an institution who exhibits unique and innovative ways they have implemented social annotation and gained traction at their institution.



  • Institution-Wide: This special category celebrates an institution that has adopted social annotation at a broader scale, demonstrating a unique and transformative approach to collaborative learning across multiple disciplines or departments.


Evaluation Criteria:


  • Innovative Use: How has the instructor or institution employed Hypothesis social annotation in new, creative, or unexpected ways?
  • Impact on Learning: Evidence of tangible benefits in terms of student engagement, understanding, or achievement.
  • Collaborative Engagement: Demonstrated use of social annotation to foster communication, debate, and discussion among peers.
  • Scalability: Ideas and methods that can be adopted or adapted by others, amplifying the impact of the innovative use.