Perusall is a social learning platform that prepares students for class. The platform incorporates a novel e-book reader with collaborative annotation tools. It is based on extensive patent-pending behavioral research at Harvard University and is used by a growing number of faculty and students at different universities.
Perusall turns often-skipped solitary reading assignments into engaging collective activities students don’t want to miss. Students collectively annotate each reading — asking questions, responding to each other’s questions, or sharing other perspectives or knowledge.
Perusall’s novel data analytics automatically grade these annotations to ensure that students complete the reading, and as an instructor, you get a classroom of fully prepared students every time. Perusall provides you with a simple “confusion report” that summarizes areas your students misunderstood, disagreed with each other about, or were most engaged with — along with examples of the best annotations, so you can call out specific questions or individuals in class.
Perusall encourages students to continue the conversation about the text even after they log off; when other students answer their questions, Perusall sends them an email summary, with the ability to respond without leaving their email client or smartphone.
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