Perusall is a platform that promotes engagement with course content such as readings, videos, images and more, through social interaction.


Perusall integrates with Canvas so instructors can easily add it to their course or instructors can use it outside of the learning management system. Perusall goes beyond traditional discussion boards because instructors can identify specific aspects of a reading or other course content that they would like students to engage with and students can also respond. Students can discuss or comment on podcasts, videos, images, webpages and PDFs.


Instructors can use Perusall for free either integrated into a Canvas Course or as a stand alone course.


Perusall increases the quantity and quality of student engagement with course material.

How to Integrate Perusall with Canvas

Initial Canvas Setup

  1. Go into your Canvas course and click on Settings in the course navigation menu.
  2. Choose the Navigation tab at the top of the screen. You will see two lists of menu items. Items in the top list are enabled and visible to students; items in the bottom list are hidden and invisible to students.
  3. Drag-and-drop Perusall to the desired position in the enabled list.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Save.

LC Instructors: Interested to learn more about using Perusall for Peer-Review? Check out our guide in the Teacher Hive (Canvas) here

How to Set Up Perusall as a Stand-Alone Course

Creating Your Course

To create a standalone course, create an account at; the onboarding process will walk you through course creation. website.


Some information retrieved from the official Perusall website:

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