Many Amherst faculty have had positive experiences with collaborative annotation activities in their classes. Here are some possible tools and options for designing this type of activity. Bear in mind that these activities can be done synchronously during class or a Zoom session, or asynchronously online.  


Adding Perusall to Moodle

  • Turn editing on and click the Add an Activity menu in the section of your choice.
  • Choose External tool, and on the next screen select Perusall from the pre-configured tool menu.
  • Click Save.
  • This will create a link to the class page on Perusall where all readings will be listed.
    • Students do not need to sign up for Perusall or sign in when they access it from Moodle, because of this integration - they will just see the list of readings and/or assignments.
  • To link to a specific reading, follow the steps above and add a Perusall external tool with the EXACT same name as an assignment in Perusall.
  • Perusal Settings & Options:
    • Grouping - Perusall will automatically break your class into groups of 20 unless you change group settings.
      • To change or turn off Grouping: Within Perusall > Settings > Grouping
      • Note: If the automatic grouping option is left on, students cannot see the annotations of other groups.
    • Scoring - If you are creating Assignments in Perusall, Perusall will add automatic scores for student annotations.
      • Students will not see these scores unless you release them, so they can be ignored if you don't care about scoring.
      • If you do want to use scoring, there are lots of options in the settings to customize how scores are calculated. 


Google Drive


Zoom Annotation

  • If your class is meeting over Zoom, you can use the built-in annotation tools to let the class annotate a document on your shared screen.
  • You will have the option to save a screenshot if needed.