Perusall is a social learning platform that prepares students for class. The platform incorporates a novel e-book reader with collaborative annotation tools to ensure students learn more, come to class prepared, and become more engaged in the learning experience.
The Perusall integration is automatically available in all courses at ISU.
To add the Perusall tool to your Canvas course:
You may wish to review these brief tutorials from Perusall:
To create a Perusall assignment and sync it to Canvas:
Students must access the Perusall assignments by clicking through from Canvas. Accessing assignments directly in Perusall will prevent the student’s score from properly synching to Canvas.
The following video demonstrates this process.
All students will initially be placed in Group 1 within Perusall. After a student launches Perusall, they will be relocated to a group within Perusall matching their group in Canvas. Any student not assigned to a group in Canvas will remain in Group 1 in Perusall.
To synch the Canvas groups to Perusall:
To check your Perusall assignments in student view, you must use the Perusall Student View. The Canvas feature will not pass through to Perusall.
To enable Perusall Student View:
When you do this, Perusall will create a temporary student account and log you in to that account. When you are done, log out or close your browser window. You can then log back in to your instructor account.
Getting started with Perusall
You will be automatically added to the Perusall course when your instructor connects it to Canvas.
To ensure you are up to speed on Perusall features, read these brief Perusall tutorials:
To access your Perusall reading assignments, navigate to the Canvas assignment and click through to Perusall. Navigating directly within Perusall will prevent your score from properly synching to Canvas.
If you are new to Perusall or a recent adopter, view details of the upcoming webinar or register to attend.
The Perusall platform is free for students, instructors, and educational institutions when used with your own uploaded materials or Open Educational Resources added from the web. Simply log in through Canvas using your ISU Net-ID.
From May 17-28, Perusall will host Perusall Exchange, an asynchronous social learning conference, with more than 50 sessions across a diverse array of disciplines that highlight innovative pedagogical approaches by instructors using the platform. Visit
Read the Perusall blog or check the Perusall system status.