Creating Perusall Assignments in Canvas

Creating Perusall Assignments in Canvas

Using the Perusall app within Assignments allows instructors to assign a reading for collaborative annotating to the whole class, make it a Canvas Group assignment, and also set due dates for the Assignment. 

Once your assignment is created in Canvas, read the Perusall Basics - Start Here resource.

Related Topics: Canvas Assignments, Canvas

Creating your Perusall Assignment

  • Navigate to your Assignments page and click the “+ Assignment” button.
Canvas plus assignment window
  • Scroll down to the Submission Type field

  • From the drop-down menu, choose External Tool and click Find.

Submission Type Option External Tool

    Configure External Tool

    • Scroll through the External Tools list and click on Perusall and then click Select.

    You will be returned to the Assignment set-up screen.


    Configure external tool options

    Note that the URL text box is now populated with Perusall in the URL.

    Also, it is required that the checkbox, “Load This Tool in a New Tab” be checked.

    perusall url in canvas assignment and load in new tab checkbox


    Finishing Up

    • Edit the Assignment name, instructions, due dates, and any other settings you wish to change. 

    NOTE: When using Perusall we recommend using the Until Date in Canvas as the Due Date for all assignments in Perusall. This will close the assignment in Canvas and not allow students to access the assignment in Perusall to make further annotations after the Until Date.

    • When all settings are complete, click Save or Save & Publish
    setting until date in canvas for perusall assignment
    • After saving the assignment, the Load Perusall Assignment in a new window button will appear.
    • When your students click on the Assignment, they will see the same screen and prompt. They will need to click on “Load Perusall Assignment in a new window” to open the Perusall assignment and engage with it.
    Load Perusall assignment in a new window


    For further assistance, UO Online & Canvas Support is available.

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    • Submit a Service Portal Ticket by clicking the Help button at the bottom of the Global Navigation Menu in Canvas.