Perusall rolled out a bunch of new features at the end of August 2023. Here are the ones we think you'd be most interested in!
If you'd like to learn even more, you can watch the Perusall Webinar New Features Show and Share.
What is it?
Customized feedback in the assignment progress panel while they're working on the assignment. For example, if you require 3 comments for full credit, it will prompt them to complete three comments.
It's based on what you turn on in terms of grading rubrics
You can turn it on or off by going to Settings > Scoring > General and select Disable dynamic suggestions for students on how to improve their score
Students will get a prompt at the beginning that looks like this:
And they also have the opportunity to turn the suggestions off if they choose to do so.
You can now import quiz questions into Perusall by uploading a QTI package (e.g., from OpenStax) in QTI 1.2 or QTI 2.1 formats. Quiz questions may be in the following formats:
You now have the option to mark an assignment as Extra Credit. When you do so, the assignment is synced to D2L's gradebook as "out of" 0 points and is excluded from the averages calculated in the Perusall gradebook.
Perusall recently added a short (30-minute) introductory scaffolding assignment that introduces students to social learning in Perusall. It is designed to help them write high-quality comments while practicing interacting with their classmates in a social learning context. The assignment is pre-loaded in the Assignments area, where instructors can choose to assign a Humanities, Social Sciences, or STEM version of it.
This is a dashboard that shows you comments with potential issues. It's completely optional, and takes no action, but rather it helps you stay on top of things.
It gives you a drop down by each identified comment to allow you to take actions on each comment, or ignore it.