We will read in this course a few research papers. Typically, you will understand a lot of them, but not immediately everything. Wouldn’t it be helpful if you could point to the sentence you don’t understand, and ask somebody for help? Well, you can. You will read these papers via the social annotation tool Perusall. It allows you to make annotations in the paper, and these annotations are visible to the other students in this course. They can answer your question, and again these answers are visible to all.
The more people use Perusall to ask/answer questions, the more useful it becomes. In order to give you an incentive to use it, raising or answering a minimal number of questions on Perusall is part of the weekly tasks for for-credit students (you will clearly see in which weeks Perusall-related tasks appear).
The rest of this page describes how you can login to Perusall, and how you can use it. It is recommended to create your account already now, such that you can proceed smoothly once you’ll need it in the course. Once logged in, you will find a sample document to try out some features of Perusall.
Ready to go, you’re Perusall-proof now!