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Perusall: Tips and Tricks for Faculty

Engagement Ideas

To encourage engagement:

  • Include a list of annotation ideas such as:
    • Upvoting
    • Questions
    • #
    • @
  • Coach students on the annotation process:
    • In a short video or live demonstration​​​​​​
    • Via modeling the annotation process with leading questions such as:
      • “What do you think about this statement?”
      • “How does this relate to other parts of this reading?”

Due Dates

  • Ensure that due dates and late assignment policies in Perusall and D2L are the same. 
  • Perusall will send due date reminders to students for incomplete assignments. (You can turn this off.)
  • The grades will not release to D2L until the Perusall assignment deadline. 


Perusall analytics provide a lot of tools to let you evaluate how students are doing on assignments, including:

  • where students spent the most time
  • where students had the most questions
  • when students were working on assignments

Annotation Tip!

You can annotate content TWO different ways.

A text-based document can be highlighted using the cursor.

An image, figure, or document where the cursor highlighting doesn't work can be annotated using the Annotate Figure button, at the top of your Perusall page. The default is the cursor to annotate text, but all you have to do is click the button and you can highlight anything!


Gradebook settings in Perusall are accessible via "Settings" -> "Scoring". 


  • Students only see annotations from others in their group. Instructors see annotations from all groups. 
  • Groups can be removed. When they are, students can see all annotations.

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