Using Perusall to get students prepared for class

Brown Bag Research Series

Online via Zoom

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One of the biggest challenges to blended learning is that students often turn up to class unprepared, which defeats the purpose of a flipped classroom model. During this seminar, Sarah will be sharing how she adopted Perusall, a social reading platform that integrates with Canvas, to enable her students to annotate assigned case reading and video watching, as well as interact with their peers concurrently in a group setting. This seminar will also showcase how she used the platform’s machine learning to assess students’ annotation quality and formulate a series of low-stakes assessments on weekly class preparations throughout the semester. Participants at this session will hear about students’ feedback on using Perusal and how it has made an impact on their engagement with the subject. Sarah will also provide her reflections on using Perusall from a teacher’s perspective and how it has changed her teaching design.


Sarah Yang Spencer completed her PhD in Commerce, specialising in Strategic Management Accounting at Latrobe University, Melbourne, where she lectured for over ten years. As well as receiving several awards for her teaching, Sarah is a highly active CPA member. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, Sarah worked as the Education Manager at CPA Australia for two years, where she provided oversight to the content development and professional examination across CPA’s Certification Programs.

Sarah’s research focus and areas of expertise include the scholarship of teaching and learning, curriculum internationalisation, business strategy, strategic management accounting, organisational learning, management control system, and corporate governance.

Currently Sarah teaches ACCT90033: Integrated Accounting Studies. This capstone subject prepares students for professional careers by integrating their knowledge across the sub-disciplines of accounting, developing their critical thinking skills through various case studies and enhancing their business acumen from analysing current business news.