Engage - Engage Overview

This document summarizes and outlines the differences between the tools included within the Engage platform.

eTexts and other digital course materials are becoming more and more available to students for a fraction of the cost of printed materials.

Screenshot of the Unizin Engage tool with an eText loaded - Chapter 1 of which is Sampling and Data

Engage began as a pilot in spring 2018 as part of the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative. It was led, in partnership, by the Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Registrar, and DoIT Academic Technology (AT). It primarily utilizes the Engage platform via integration with Canvas and aims to reduce the costs of course materials for students while advancing the student learning experience.

In switching to Engage, savings are typically between 40%-80% per textbook and 25% for publisher Digital Learning Tools (DLTs). Read the official ASM eText resolution press release and formal legislation. For more information on the Engage platform, please see the Engage page on the Academic Technology website.

Engage and publisher Digital Learning Tools (DLTs)

Instructors can choose to use one of the following options in their course:

  1. Use the Engage tool to deliver an eText to your students.

    or:

  2. Use a publisher Digital Learning Tool (DLT) to deliver an eText and lab or homework software to your students.

    The eText and DLT are delivered by the respective publisher’s eText reader (notEngage) and website, and integrate with Canvas. Example DLTs include:
    • Pearson: MyLab, Mastering, and Revel
    • Cengage: MindTap, and WebAssign
    • Macmillan: LaunchPad, and Sapling Plus
    • McGraw-Hill: Connect, and ALEKS

It is possible to use both but this is not as common. Differences between each model are outlined in the following table:


 

Unizin Engage

A picture of the Unizin Engage logo - a purple circle with a red, yellow, blue, and cyan circle inside with the worlds "Unizin Engage" next to it.


Publisher Digital Learning Tool (DLT)

A picture of multiple publisher logos including Cengage WebAssign and MindTap, Macmillan Sapling Learning and LaunchPad, McGraw-Hill Connect and ALEKS, and Pearson Revel, MyLab, and Mastering




Tools Engage, an eText reader1. Publisher (Pearson, Cengage, Macmillan or McGraw-Hill) eText reader
2. Publisher DLT:
Pearson: MyLab; Mastering; REVEL
Cengage: MindTap; Webassign
Macmillan: Launchpad, and Sapling Plus
McGraw-Hill: Connect, and ALEKS
SupportProvided by the DoIT Help Desk. If they are unable to resolve your issue, they will escalate it to the appropriate consultants.

Find more details on how to use Engage.
Provided directly by the publisher.

See the KB document on publisher DLT support.
PrintingStudents can print up to 50 pages at a time for free (not including the cost of printing).Students are generally not allowed to print eTexts from publisher eText readers.
Loose-leaf CopiesLoose-leaf copies of certain eTexts are available for purchase at the UW Bookstore. Check the UW Bookstore’s website to see which texts are available. Loose-leaf copies are only available to students who have not opted-out.Loose-leaf copies of certain eTexts are available for purchase at the UW Bookstore. Check the UW Bookstore’s website to see which texts are available. Loose-leaf copies are only available to students who have not opted-out.

DLTs are only available online, via the respective publisher's website.
Length of AccessEntire student career at UW-Madison.Varies based on the course and DLT.
Library ReservesPrinted copies of all eTexts are available in campus library reserves. See the UW-Madison Libraries website.Printed copies of all eTexts are available in campus library reserves. See the UW-Madison Libraries website.

DLTs are only available online, via the respective publisher's website.

Instructors and course coordinators will be able to place their orders for eTexts or DLTs in the Order Tool using Engage's ordering process. However, orders can only be completed during open ordering periods. For more information on Engage's ordering process, please review the following document: Engage - Order Tool Overview.

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