Engaged Reading with Perusall’s Online Annotation Software (CTE7538)Export this event to calendar

Thursday, March 4, 2021 — 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Location: Online (MS Teams)

Facilitator: Mary Power (Centre for Teaching Excellence), Daniel Opperwall (Centre for Extended Learning), Mario Boido (Spanish and Latin American Studies), Katie Plaisance (Knowledge Integration), Brandon DeHart (Engineering)


Engaging students and motivating learning in the online environment can be challenging. Perusall is an annotation tool that can be used to encourage students to interact more fully with course content. With Perusall, students collectively annotate and ask questions while reading textbooks, articles, or websites or while viewing video resources. The system can automatically suggest engagement scores, and allows instructors to quickly gauge student understanding. Perusall has many potential use cases across all disciplines including collaborative reading assignments, online seminars, hybrid activities for in-person courses and more. This session will introduce participants to the Perusall platform and some of its features. Three instructors from various disciplines who have used Perusall in a variety of ways to enhance their students’ learning will share their experiences. 

Presenters include: Katie Plaisance, Mario Boido and Brandon DeHart 


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Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing cte@uwaterloo.ca. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.