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Blackboard – Integrating Perusall

Perusall is a social annotation tool that integrates with Blackboard via LTI assignments. Perusall allows students and their instructors to collaboratively markup .pdf documents and annotate videos. Instead of reading a document or watching a video and discussing it, Perusall brings the discussion to the text/video.

Create a Perusall Course - Always Start in Blackboard

Start In Blackboard

It is important that you and your students start the process in Blackboard, which allows your UVM credentials to link to Perusall. Do not start at perusall.com

  1. Navigate to your Blackboard course.
  2. Edit your course menu to add a Content Area specifically for Perusall. Make sure it is available to students. Rearrange your new Perusall Content Area on your course menu to a logical position.
  3. Click the Perusall link on the left course menu that you created in Step 2.
  4. Click Build Content > Web Link.
  5. Name the link “Perusall Home Page.”
  6. Use this as the URL: https://app.perusall.com/lti/launch
  7. You MUST check off the box for “This link is to a Tool Provider.”
  8. For this Perusall Home Page link, choose “No” for Enable Evaluation.
  9. Click Submit – this link takes you to Perusall.
  10. Within Perusall, it’s a good idea to take the “tour” to familiarize yourself with the platform. Then you can begin to add documents/videos to the Perusall library.

Perusall has published additional Blackboard Integration information.

Create Auto-Graded Perusall Assignments

Repeat for Each Graded Assignment

If you wish to grade a Perusall Assignment you must follow these steps for each assignment.

  1. Click on the Perusall Home Page link in Blackboard that you previously created.
  2. In Perusall, create an Assignment using content previously uploaded to your Perusall Library.
  3. Click on the newly created Perusall Assignment and click the icon for “Copy full title for LMS.”
  4. Navigate back to Blackboard and click the Perusall link on the left course menu.
  5. Click Build Content > Web Link.
  6. Paste the title of the assignment from Perusall into the field for the name of the link (this should be stored in your computer’s clipboard from Step 3; if it does not paste, repeat Step 3).
  7. Use this as the URL: https://app.perusall.com/lti/launch
  8. You MUST check off the box for “This link is to a Tool Provider.”
  9. Choose “Yes” for “Enable Evaluation” and set the point value to 3 (this is the default point value in Perusall; if you edited the points for an assignment in Perusall, you’ll also need to edit the value here to match).
  10. Click Submit – this link will take you and your students to that specific Perusall Assignment.
  11. You should now see a corresponding column in your Blackboard Grade Center for this Perusall Assignment.

Updated on July 9, 2021

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