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Creating Graded Perusall Assignments

This documentation is designed to help instructors set up Perusall as a graded reading assignment in Canvas. See instructions on setting up an ungraded Perusall assignment if that’s how you prefer to use the tool.

Your Perusall course site must be generated from your Canvas site, so please begin by navigating to your Canvas course.

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

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

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

Provide instructions; if applicable, input the maximum points for the assignment and denote the assignment group it should be included in. Note: You have to include a points value in the assignment. If you want the assignment to be ungraded, you can create an assignment worth 0 points. 

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


Locate and select “Perusall,” then click “Select.” Perusall is available to all Canvas users. Creating an “Assignment” using the Perusall “External Tool” will generate a Perusall site with a name that matches the Canvas course name.

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

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

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.

Note: Once you click “Load [Assignment Name] in a new window,” Perusall will generate a course with a name that matches the Canvas course name.  

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.

If you’ve used Perusall before, you will be taken to the Perusall course home page and will be able to begin uploading and assigning documents.  Please see our documentation for more information: Adding Documents to Perusall.

If you would rather not create links for and grade every Perusall assignment, you can see our documentation on Creating Ungraded Perusall Assignments.