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How to Set Up a Perusall Assignment in D2L

Perusall is a platform that allows students and faculty to annotate electronic content such as books, webpages, documents, video, and podcasts and engage in the material. Students can write full comments, “like” comments, use hashtags, link URLs to their comments and use emoticons. 

To use Perusall in D2L, the instructor needs to set up Perusall by adding it to a content module.  Once added to a course in D2L, Perusall can be launched and a course will be created in Perusall that is connected to the D2L course. The student roster in Perusall will automatically populate as students each launch into Perusall from the LMS for the first time.

For grades in Perusall to sync back to D2L, students must access each assignment in Perusall through an external tool link in D2L that has the same name as the assignment in Perusall.  Follow the "Setting Up Grade Synch" tutorial below to add external links to your course for each assignment if you want the assignment grade to synch to D2L grades.


Setting up Perusall in your D2L course:

Follow this tutorial to add Perusall to a content module in your course in D2L.

  1. Create a link in your course that points to Perusall:
    • For the Classic Content Experience in D2L,
      • select the content module in which you want Perusall located
      • select Add Existing Activities > External Learning Tools
    • For the New Content Experience in D2L
      • select the content unit/module in which you want Perusall located
      • select Add Existing > External Tool Activity

  2. Scroll down the list and select Perusall.

  3. Set to Open as External Resource:
    • For the Classic Content Experience,
      • Select the action button (down arrow) to the right of the new Perusall link, select Edit properties in place and check Open as external resource.
    • For the New Content Experience,
      • Be sure you have the new Perusall link selected in the left navigation, select the Action Button (three dots) in the top right of the main window for the link, then select Edit.
        action button and edit link
      • Select Open in a New Tab then select Save.

  4. Reload the page.

  5. Click on the new Perusall link. Perusall will launch and a course will be created that is connected to your D2L course.

  6. Upload content and set up assignments within Perusall.

  7. If you want to synch grades from Perusall assignments to D2L grades, you should hide the main Perusall link from students and add external links to your course for each assignment using the "Setting Up Grade Synch" tutorial.

Setting Up Grade Synch:

For grades in Perusall to sync back to D2L, students must access each assignment in Perusall through an external tool link in D2L that has the exact same name as the assignment in Perusall.

For each assignment in Perusall:

  1. After you have set up the assignment in Perusall, click on the assignment in Perusall under Assignments, and click the Copy full title for LMS button. (This will copy the name of the assignment to the clipboard.) 
  2. Add the Perusall assignment in a content module in D2L:
    • For the Classic Content Experience in D2L,
      • select the content module in which you want the assignment located
      • select Add Existing Activities > External Learning Tools
    • For the New Content Experience in D2L
      • select the content unit/module in which you want the assignment located
      • select Add Existing > External Tool Activity

  3. Scroll to the bottom and select "Create New LTI Link".

  4. For the name, paste in the Perusall assignment name from the clipboard, and enter https://app.perusall.com/lti/launch for the launch point.

  5. Set the link to Open as External Resource:
    • For the Classic Content Experience,
      • Select the action button (down arrow) to the right of the new Perusall link, select Edit properties in place and check Open as external resource.
    • For the New Content Experience,
      • Be sure you have the new Perusall link selected in the left navigation, select the Action Button (three dots) in the top right of the main window for the link, then select Edit.
        action button and edit link
      • Select Open in a New Tab then select Save.

  6. Reload the page.

  7. Test out the link by clicking on it. You should be taken directly into the corresponding assignment in Perusall, bypassing the course home page in Perusall.  If you are instead taken to the course home page in Perusall, check that the name of your link in D2L matches exactly with the name of the assignment in Perusall.

  8. A D2L grade item for the Perusall assignment will be created automatically in D2L after the instructor releases grades to students for the assignment in Perusall.  The grade item created in D2L will have the same name as the assignment, will have a total point value of 100 (if left at the default), and is excluded from the final grade calculation in the D2L grade book.  Alternatively, the instructor can create the grade item from the activity details page for the assignment link in the content module in D2L using the classic content experience before grades are released for that assignment in Perusall.  Regardless of the method used to create the grade item, the grade item details can be edited in the grade book.

Note: To ensure that grade sync works throughout the semester, make sure that students access each Perusall assignment by clicking through the corresponding link in D2L. If a student accesses an assignment in Perusall without clicking through the corresponding D2L assignment link at least once, then Perusall will not be able to send that student's score back to D2L. As a result, you may want to hide or delete the generic Perusall link you created in D2L to force students to access assignments through the corresponding assignment-specific links.

How Scoring Works in Perusall:  https://perusall.com/downloads/scoring-details.pdf 

Source:  https://support.perusall.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033995014 


The written tutorials and video simulations on the D2L Solutions site are developed and brought to you by the

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

phone 217-581-7051 :: email fdic@eiu.edu :: web www.eiu.edu/fdic 

Contact the FDIC for questions about the tutorials, to suggest topics for new tutorials, or to schedule a consultation appointment.  The FDIC staff can recommend integration solutions using D2L and other instructional technologies for your online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.


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