Encouraging engineers to read with Perusall
Dr Glen Currie and Dr David Wilson
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Many teaching staff will recognise the challenge of encouraging students to complete reading tasks before class. There is often a critical paper that the class pivots upon and students need that information to enable their learning. There is a particular challenge in Engineering and Information Technology where students tend to be more numerical and less literate. Using the tool Perusall with an incentive of a small mark (as little as 1% of the total subject mark) can motivate 3-4 hours of reading... on average!
Perusall integrates into Canvas and marks the student engagement with the reading task using artificial intelligence. This automatic administration of marking makes a weekly reading task feasible for larger classes used in classes with 300+ students).
This Zoom presentation was part of the Melbourne CSHE Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 held on Wednesday 2 June 2021.