The CTL provides support to faculty using Perusall, a powerful teaching tool developed at Harvard University that is integrated with Blackboard. Perusall allows you to upload your files—PDFs, Word documents, PowerPoints, videos, images, podcasts, digital textbooks, and even websites—for your students to read, add comments and questions, and have conversations with other students about their comments. It has engaging social media features, such as hashtags to make searching for topics easier, and “likes.”

UVM has a Perusall license so, for it to work, the tool MUST be initiated within Blackboard (not on the their website directly). This platform is secure, FERPA compliant, and ad-free.

The introductory video at right is from co-founder and Harvard professor Gary King. NOTE: He references the website which is informative, but remember that when you set it up for your own course, you’ll have to do it within in your Blackboard course.

Instructions for setting it up are on the UVM Knowledge Base, Blackboard – Integrating Perusall.