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Perusall: Getting Started

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What is Perusall?

Perusall is an e-reader platform that allows students and faculty to annotate assigned digital text. Perusall helps students learn faster by collaboratively annotating the readings and communicating with their classmates. Instead of reading a text and discussing it, Perusall brings the discussion to the text. Perusall integrates via LTI with Blackboard. For more information visit:

Adding Perusall to Your Blackboard Course

  1. Login to Blackboard and then select the course where you would like to use Perusall.
  2. Select or create a content area where the link to Perusall should appear.
  3. Once in the Content Area, click Build Content and then select Perusall.
    Select Build content and then select Persuall from the menu
  4. This link is your access point to Perusall. Most likely, you will want this link hidden from students. Name the link Perusall Course Homepage, or similar.
  5. Provide a description if needed.
  6. Do NOT Enable Evaluation.
  7. In the Options area, select No for Permit users to view this content.
  8. Click Submit.
  9. The new Perusall link will appear in your content area, click it and you will be taken to Perusall.
  10. Link to Perusall Course Homepage now appears in Blackboar

  11. You should see the Perusall Get Started Page.  Fill out your course settings and then click Save Changes.

Note: You can change any of these later in Settings.

Perusall Coure Homepage. Settings can be found in the left hand menu

Adding Readings

  1. Click on Library on your course home page.
  2. Library tab on the Perusall couse homepage 

  3. To upload a reading from your computer, click Add Content and then Documents from my computer.  You may also select any of the other types of content listed.
  4. Add content such as PDFs, Textbooks, and other content

  5. Browse your system and find the pdf article, Word document, or EPUB file to attach into Perusall.  Select the file and then click Open.
Note: You can start the upload process for multiple documents at once.

Creating Assignments

  1. Click on Assignments on your course home page.
  2. Click Add Assignment.
  3. Add assignments to Perusall by selecting the Add Assignment button

  4. Select the document you want to assign and then select Next Step.Assign the previously uploaded reading to the Perusall assignment
  5. Select the part of the document to assign, specify a deadline, and click Save Changes.

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