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Perusall: Enabling Perusall in Your Canvas Course

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Perusall is an annotation tool that helps students engage collectively with texts. With it’s capability to integrate into Canvas, students can annotate and discuss course readings easily with their peers. This article will go over how to enable Perusall in your Canvas course so you can begin using it.

While we are pleased to offer Perusall to our community, we ask you to be aware of the following considerations when using this application:

  • Copyright: The following Copyright Statement holds true for documents uploaded into Perusall as well as into Canvas.

The University expects all users of this site to respect copyright and to determine if their posted content complies with copyright law and the Terms of Use for Canvas. By uploading content into Perusall, you affirm the content was lawfully acquired and:

you are the copyright holder; or

You have obtained express permission from the copyright holder or determined such content is in the public domain under copyright law; or

You have completed a fair use evaluation and determined in good faith after reasonable inquiry that the use of the copyrighted work is a “fair use” under copyright law.

  • Accessibility: Students with disabilities who leverage assistive technology may experience difficulty reading documents loaded into Perusall using their preferred screen reader, and an alternative assignment may be required. To help minimize this, please ensure accessible PDFs are uploaded into Perusall. For assistance in creating accessible PDFs, please see the following page.
  1. From your Course Navigation bar, click "Settings."
  2. Choose the "Navigation" tab from the top menu.
  3. Scroll down to the list of disabled apps, until you get to Perusall.
  4. Click the three-dot settings icon next to Perusall and choose "Enable."
  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click the "Save" button.
  1. Perusall will now appear on the Course Navigation menu on the left-hand side of the page.
    1. As an instructor enrolled in the course, once you click on the Perusall tab, a course will be created within Perusall.

For more general information on Perusall, please visit the Perusall website. For more help, please contact [email protected].

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