How to Use Video with Perusall

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Weekly Tip: How to Use Video with Perusall

Perusall allows you to use video material as a focus for comments, questions, and conversation. To get started, add a video to your Perusall Library by selecting Library > Add content > Video.

Screenshot: Add content.

You can use videos from YouTube and Vimeo. You can also use video files from Google Drive or Dropbox, but there are bandwidth restrictions so these should not be very large.

Then, create an assignment in Canvas in the same way that you would for a document.

When viewing a video in Perusall, click the Add comment button in the upper right corner of the video to make a comment or ask a question.

Screenshot: Add comment.
Screenshot: Current conversation.

A blue (instructor) or yellow (student) dot will appear on the video’s timeline to show there is a comment at that point in the timeline. Any participant can click on the dot to access and make a reply or participate in the conversation.

Screenshot: Video control bar.

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