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Add Readings to Perusall

Once you’ve been directed to the Perusall course site, you’re ready to upload documents for your students to read.

Upload Documents

If you would like to use Perusall for a non-graded reading activity and let students access the readings anytime, you just need to upload the readings to the Document Library. Students will have access to the documents as soon as you upload them, but no scoring or deadline will occur until you assign them as assignments.

To add readings to the course, click the “Documents” tab at the top of the course home page.

Perusall home page with "Documents" link selected

On the Documents page, click the “Add” button [1]. Select the method of upload [2] and locate your reading.

(Note: Perusall readings will only be accessible to screen readers if the PDFs that you upload are also accessible. For assistance, please see our guide to making PDF documents accessible.)

Documents page with "Add" dropdown box opened

Depending on the size of the file, it may take a few minutes to upload.

Screen showing an upload that is still processing

Assign Readings

Once your reading has been uploaded, click on the “Assignments” icon: an image of a calendar page with a checkmark on it. This will take you to the Assignments page.

A completed upload with the "Assignments" icon selected

On the Assignments page, click the “Add assignment” button.

In the box that pops up, you will need to input assignment information in 3 steps. First, select the reading you just uploaded and then click whether you want to assign a portion of the reading (“Assign page ranges”) or the entire reading (“Assign entire document”). Click “Next step” to move on to the next page.

First page of the "Add Assignment" popup, with an assignment selected and whole document page range selected

On the next page, set the assignment deadline and type in the assignment name. (Note: if you are using Perusall to grade this assignment, the assignment name on Perusall must be identical to the assignment name on Perusall.)

If you’d like, you can also type instructions for your students on this page. When you’ve finished with this page, click “next step.”

Second page of "Add Assignment" with deadline, assignment name, and student instructions filled in

The third page offers several optional settings you can change for the assignment: setting a required quantity of annotations for full credit, hiding the assignment until a certain date, limiting the assignment to certain students, making all student comments anonymous, or making the assignment optional. Make any changes on this page and then click “Save changes” to save the assignment.

Your assignment has been set up. After students submit annotations, you will be able to view assignment details and analytics on the Assignments page.