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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist Earlham faculty with Moodle questions. Moodle 3.8 is Earlham's learning management system that assists with teaching and learning.

About Perusall

Perusall allows for "collaborative reading"--allowing classes to annotate and discuss course readings together. Perusall aims to transform the solitary act of reading into one that classes can do together. Perusall assignments can add to in-class discussions of a text, or replace reading quizzes or reading response posts to discussion forums.

 

Getting Started

  1. Under the Administration section of your course, click Turn editing on.
  2. From the drop-down option, Add an activity or resource, click on Perusall.
  3. Choose an Activity Name (e.g. "Socrates Reading"). Note: Activity Name must match the Assignment Name you choose in Perusall. 
  4. Click Save and Display. On next page click Open in New Window to enter Perusall interface.
  5. Library: Where you can upload readings. Note: limit uploading to what would be permitted under fair use and copyright restrictions.
  6. Assignments: Where you can create assignments for particular Library readings, including due dates and special instructions.
  7. Settings: Where you can adjust Welcome Message to Students (instructions)Scoring (how student engagement will be evaluated), Grouping (if you want students to read in groups), Release scores to students (manually/immediately/never), and Assignment Score Range (default is 0, 1, 2, 3). 
  8. Student View: Allows you to preview assignment as a student.

Creating and Responding to Annotations

  1. Within the reading, doubleclick or select a section of text to add a comment. To add comments to an image or figure, choose Annotate Figure at top of screen.
  2. Others' comments will appear as highlighted text. Doubleclick on a highlighted passage to view the "conversation" about that section.
  3. To view one student's or group's comments, at top change view from All Comments to Specific Student or Specific Group.

perusall view current conversation and add comments

FAQ

Why aren't my grades syncing back to Moodle gradebook? 

Grades in Moodle Gradebook may take several hours to update. If you see angry exclamation points next to students scores in Perusall, make sure the name of assignment in Perusall is an exact match for name in Moodle. If the exclamation points are only listed next to some students, they need to re-enter the Perusall reading from Moodle to reconnect their Moodle identity and their Perusall identity. See more info on grade syncing issues from Perusall.

How can I adjust my assignment so it's easier for students to get full credit?

Many faculty report the default Perusall scoring settings are too tough. In Perusall Settings, select the Scoring tab to adjust how grades are calculated. Common adjustments: increase Annotation Content Score Target (move from 60% to a higher percent), reduce number of Annotations to Grade, or increase Getting Responses Target (move from 20% to a higher percent). In general, moving the slider percents to a higher percent will make it easier for students to get credit for their engagement.

I'm having trouble highlighting the correct section of text, or I'm using images/figures. How can I get it to select an exact spot?

Try switching to the Annotate Figure mode (within top menu).

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