Collaborative Discussions

Perusall

What is Perusall?

Perusall is a collaborative annotation tool that turns solitary reading assignments into engaging collective learning activities. Developed at Harvard by Professors Eric Mazur and Brian Lukoff, Perusall allows instructors to digitally assign readings to students, who then collaboratively engage with texts through annotation and commentary.

How Does it Work?

Benefits of Perusall

For Instructors

  • Ensures that students come to class prepared and having thoroughly read the material
  • Provides analytics, such as heat maps and confusion reports, that allow the instructor to identify student misconceptions and/or difficult concepts
  • Allows instructor to structure lecture/discussion more efficiently around students’ prior engagement with the reading
  • Includes auto-scoring feature to save time on grading

For Students

  • Fosters collaborative and thoughtful course engagement via annotation and commentary
  • Provides a space for students to share questions, confusion, and knowledge with each other and with the instructor
  • Offers an alternate mode of contributing to classroom discourse