Collaborative Discussions

Create, View, and Respond to Comments

Creating & Responding to Comments

An instructor can add questions and/or comments in the same way as students.  To annotate the document:

First, highlight a section of text [1]. (Conversations that the instructor begins will be highlighted in blue, while student-commenced conversations are highlighted in yellow.)

The “Current Conversation” [2] page will appear, providing space for you to write your comment or question and respond to others.

The “Current Conversation” menu [3] will appear above the comment text field. This menu allows a student or instructor to:

[a] Insert a mathematical formula
[b] Insert an image
[c] Include a URL link
[d] Insert a table
[e] Post your comment as anonymous

After a comment has been submitted, a viewer can select the following options underneath the comment:

[f] Copy the comment link to the clipboard
[g] Flag inappropriate comments
[h] Delete a comment

Students or instructors can respond directly to each other’s comments by clicking on the existing highlighted text in the document, or by tagging someone by typing @ followed by the student’s name.

Filters for Viewing Student Comments

Perusall allows the instructor to filter student comments in a variety of ways by clicking the “All comments” [1] button at the top of the document page. Instructors can choose to filter comments by group, individual student, unread comments only, questions only, and more. Clicking on any of these options will temporarily change which comments are visible on this page.

If you’re using Perusall’s automatic scoring feature, you can select “Show comment scores” [2] at the bottom of this menu, which will make scores visible underneath each student comment (only for you, not the students themselves). This can be a useful feature if you want to make adjustments to Perusall’s automatic scores: once the option is turned on, you can click the score shown under any student comment to change it.