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Setting Up Perusall on Canvas (Graded Assignments)

This documentation is designed to help instructors set up Perusall as a graded reading assignment on Canvas. The Perusall course site will be generated from the Canvas site, so please begin by navigating to your Canvas course.

1. In your Canvas course, navigate to the “Assignments” page.

2. On the Assignments page, click on “Assignment” to add a new assignment.


3.  Name the assignment (e.g.: Perusall Reading + name of the file).


4. Provide instructions, and set up the Points and Assignment Group.


5. Scroll down to “Submission Type” to choose “External Tool,” then click “Find.”


6. Locate and select “Perusall,” then click “Select.”


7. Check the box “Load this Tool in a New Tab.” This must be selected or you will not be able to access the course Perusall site.


8. At the bottom of the assignment options, click “Save & Publish.”


9. The assignment page will now appear. Click the button that says “Load Perusall in a New Window” to be redirected to  your course Perusall site.


10. For first-time users, read through and click on “Ok” to accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Perusall has recently updated their interface and, upon entering, will offer a tour of the features. Follow the tour and learn how to set up and navigate your Perusall course page.

11. Once you’ve been directed to the Perusall course site, you’re ready to start Adding Documents to Perusall for your students to read.