Perusall is a social reading platform that allows instructors to make course readings available in a variety of ways. Instructors can combine open educational resources, their own materials, and published textbooks. All the documents in Perusall are locked to this platform, and students must complete all readings inside of the platform and cannot download or print readings. Students can write full comments, “like” students’ comments, use hashtags, link URLs to their comments and even use emoticons. Perusall allows students to collaborate with one another on their assigned readings, thus turning the reading and studying process into a social versus a solitary activity.

  1. Enable Perusall in a new course: During the CCT+ course creation process, you have the option to enable Perusall. By enabling Perusall the Library eReserves team will receive an email of your intentions to use Perusall and will then reach out to you to obtain your course materials. Providing your materials to the Library Reserves team will ensure copyright compliance. 
  2. Enable Perusall in an existing course: If you have already created your course, and want to use Perusall, follow the instructions Add Perusall to an Existing Course.
  3. Activate Perusall:

    The first time the instructor clicks on the generic link, in onQ, creates their role in Perusall and opens a Queen’s authenticated access account. This gives the instructor the role of ‘Instructor’ in Perusall.  When the students click on the generic link, in onQ, for the first time, this creates their role in Perusall as a ‘Student’ and opens their Queen’s authenticated access account.

    • In your module within Content, from the Existing Activities drop-down list, choose External Learning Tools.
    • Next, click on the Perusall link. (This will place the link into your Content module.)
    • From the External Learning Tool drop-down, choose Edit Properties In-place.
    • Check the Open as External Resource checkbox.

For documentation on using Perusall, including AssignmentsGroupsRoster and Grading please visit the Perusall support site.

The following video provides a tutorial on how to integrate Perusall assignments into your onQ course:

For grades in Perusall to sync back to onQ, students must access each assignment in Perusall through an external tool link in onQ that has the same name as the assignment in Perusall.

For each assignment in Perusall:

  1. In Perusall click on an assignment under Assignments on your course home page, and click the Copy full title for LMS button. (This will copy the name of the assignment to the clipboard.)
  2. In onQ, within one of your content modules, select Add Existing Activities > External Learning Tools > Create New LTI Link.
  3. For the name, paste in the Perusall assignment name from the clipboard, and enter for the launch point.
  4. Select Edit properties in place in the dropdown next to the newly-created link, and check Open as external resource.
  5. Reload the page.
  6. Test out the link by clicking on it. You should be taken directly into the corresponding assignment in Perusall, bypassing the course home page in Perusall. If you are instead taken to the course home page in Perusall, check that the name of your link in onQ matches exactly with the name of the assignment in Perusall.