Perusall

What is Perusall?

Perusall is a social e-reader platform designed to promote reading and engagement for all classes. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technology and text readers, Perusall is an excellent tool for making reading a central, positive, and active part of our courses.

To hear a little bit more about what Perusall is and where it was developed, watch the video below

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What are the minimum system requirements?

Since Perusall can be integrated into your Canvas course shell, students and instructors need the same technology needed to access their Canvas course shell: a computer, phone or tablet connected to the internet via an up-to-date web browser.

For more information, please refer to the following online resources:

How do I add Perusall to my Canvas course shell?

Add Perusall to your Course Navigation

Perusall has been configured at the university level, you will need to add it to your Course Navigation.

Go to the Settings area of your course. From the tabs, select the Navigation option.

Canvas course details tab

From here, scroll down to the bottom of the list and find Persuall. Either drag and drop Perusall to the top of your Navigation items, or select the kabob settings next to Perusall and select Enable.
Canvas navigation tab

Canvas enable navigation link

After either step above, please remember to scroll down to the bottom of the Navigation page and select Save. This will ensure Persuall gets added to your Navigation.

Canvas active navigation links

From there, select Perusall and follow the prompts to your newly created class.

Perusall information page

User tip:

Add Perusall to your course. After that, please create and add all materials in Perusall first, then tie them to items in Canvas. You can look at our steps below for any grade syncs or other tools you want to explore.

Merging accounts if you’ve used Perusall before

Please note that if you’ve used Persuall before with your CalStateLA email, you will want to merge your accounts. After following the above steps, you may get a message like the one below:

confirm and merge accounts message

Follow the prompts when you select Confirm and merge accounts. This will only need to be done once and should help with ongoing course management.

Additional steps to leverage Perusall

If you would like to use the assignment and grading synchronization for Perusall to Canvas, please follow these steps for every assignment you make. These steps and video can also be found on the Perusall site: https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/articles/360034534113

Setting up assignments

To enable grade sync, create assignments in Canvas that map to assignments in Perusall. For each reading assignment you create in Perusall, create a corresponding assignment in Canvas. Each assignment should be created as an External Tool assignment in Canvas, pointing to Perusall.

To link each assignment in Canvas to the proper assignment in Perusall, make sure that the name of the assignment in Canvas exactly matches the name of the assignment in Perusall. To retrieve the name of an assignment in Perusall (Perusall assigns names automatically when you have not explicitly given an assignment a name), select it in the Assignments panel on your course home page in Perusall, and then click the Copy full title for LMS button in the toolbar.

tab to map canvas assignment to perusall assignment option

The assignment name will be copied to the clipboard, and you can paste it into the assignment name field in Canvas.

To test that the assignment linkage works, launch the assignment in Canvas and ensure that you are taken to the correct assignment in Perusall -- you should bypass the course home page in Perusall when clicking on a Perusall assignment from Canvas.

Note: To ensure that grade sync works throughout the semester, make sure that students access each Perusall assignment by clicking through the corresponding assignment in Canvas. If a student accesses an assignment in Perusall without ever clicking through the corresponding Canvas assignment, then Perusall will not be able to send that student's score back to Canvas.

Here's a video showing this process:

How do I use Perusall? (Additional Resources)

Perusal provides a robust support for how to leverage their tool in your teaching. Their instructors page has been divided along 4 major support lines. You may access them with the direct links below or from their main Instructors Support Page

Courses

https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005217753-Courses

Content

https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005222253-Content

Assignments

https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005177034-Assignments

Scoring and Grading

https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005183594-Scoring-and-grades

Syncing Perusall groups with Canvas groups

If you would like to synchronize your Perusall groups with your Canvas groups, go to Settings > Grouping and then select Manually assign students to groups and enable the option Apply groups from Canvas. Then click Save changes.

If you already have students enrolled in the course, they will temporarily be placed in Group 1. Upon first launch of Perusall, Students will be placed in a group within Perusall matching their group within Canvas. Students not assigned to a group in Canvas will remain in Group 1 in Perusall. (If all of your students have been assigned to a group in Canvas, Group 1 will be empty once all students join the course in Perusall.)

To ensure this integration works as expected, make sure that:

  • There is only one "group set" specified in Canvas.

Note that the group numbers in Perusall will not necessarily correspond with the group numbers in Canvas, but students grouped together in Canvas will be grouped together in Perusall as well.

Troubleshooting

Canvas' Student View button will not work with Perusall, since Canvas doesn't send an email address to Perusall as part of that launch. To see what students will see once they launch into Perusall, utilize the Student View link on the left navigation bar within your Perusall course.

Are you or your students having trouble with annotations appearing in Perusall? Check the Perusall Status Page:

https://status.perusall.com/

How do my students use Perusall? (Student Resources)

Just as with the Instructors Page, Perusall provides some helpful articles for students in their Students Page. Their Students page has been divided along 4 major support lines. You may access them with the direct links below or from their main Students Support Page

Getting Started

https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005217633-Getting-started

Assignments

https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005183634-Assignments

Reading

https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005183614-Reading

Accounts and Purchases

https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005177274-Accounts-and-Purchases

Accessibility Statement and Supports

Persuall also provides their accessibility support for students and users on their site. Please explore their Accessibility Statement Page.