Perusall is a free “social annotation” tool that helps students engage with course material in class groups. Instructors can create reading or viewing assignments in which students create & share their own annotations and respond to each other’s comments & questions. Perusall informs instructors of the concepts that generate the most student questions & discussion, and Perusall assignments can be automatically scored based on instructor-determined engagement parameters. Perusall also reminds students of incomplete assignments, prompting higher rates of completion and preparedness.
If any of the following goals are applicable to you, you may consider using Perusall:
Perusall is a 3rd party application that integrates with Canvas. Assignments can be graded automatically and will sync with the Canvas gradebook. Contact IDTeam@lasalle.edu to install Perusall into your Canvas course. When the app is installed, follow the directions below to set up your assignments.
If you want Perusall to appear in your course’s navigation menu, you can activate it like any other course navigation item. Remember: if students access Perusall thorugh the course navigation menu, rather than through specific assignments, Perusall will not be able to sync grades to the Canvas gradebook. Activating this menu item is not recommended if you’d like grades to sync.
In the video above, Gary King, co-founder of Perusall, provides an overview of Perusall, shares why he believes it outclasses traditional solitary reading tasks, and describes the components of a more engaging reading experience.