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How Grading Works

Perusall automatically grades student annotations, using the scale of “below expectations,”
“meets expectations,” or “exceeds expectations” (see Perusall grading example). Scores are accessed by clicking on the “Gradebook” button at the top of the Perusall course site.

Changing  the Number of Required Annotations

By default, students are required to complete 7 annotations in order to complete the assignment. An instructor may edit this requirement under the “General” settings tab:

An instructor can also choose to assign a particular assignment a different annotation requirement. This is done by

  1. Click into “Course Setup” and then “Readings.”
  2. Select the assigned reading to be edited.
  3. Click on the “Settings” gear icon.                                             
  4. Edit the “Annotations to Grade” field, and then “Save Changes.”


Advanced Grading Features

Under “Advanced,” in the Course setup section, the instructor can:

a.     Set point values for each comment rating

b.     Set the severity of the penalty for a student’s failure to distribute their comments and questions equally across the document

c.     Curtail the credit given to a student who completes their annotations after the assignment deadline has passed.

d.     Enable or disable group and one-on-one chat functionality

Scores for each assignment will show up under the “Gradebook” tab on Perusall, but will not appear to students until you have released the scores.


Sync Grades From Perusall

Perusall will sync the grades to Canvas after you release the students grades in Perusall. Perusall sends the score as a percentage to Canvas, and then Canvas converts it to points based on the number of points the assignment is worth.  We recommend instructor to make the assignment in both Canvas and Perusall the same points if possible so students will not get confused.