UW-Madison eText Pilot - Opt-out Considerations and Guidelines
This document summarizes the opt out process and links to opt-out request form.
One of the primary goals of the UW-Madison Engage eText Pilot is to reduce the costs of course materials for students, while enhancing the student learning experience.
In order to acquire substantially lower costs, and to make it as easy as possible for students to take advantage of the cost-savings and benefits of eTexts (and Digital Learning Tools, DLT, e.g., homework or lab software packages, if applicable), the pilot was designed to automatically enroll all students who register for participating courses. It also means that the costs of the eTexts and DLTs will appear on students’ tuition bills, making it easier to apply financial aid accordingly.
While we hope that all students choose to take advantage of eTexts (and DLTs, if applicable), we understand that some may wish to opt out. To help students understand the considerations for opting out, we have put together the following information and guidelines.
Conditions for opting out of the UW-Madison eText Pilot
In compliance with Title IV regulations, students may choose, under specific circumstances, to opt out of using an eText (and DLT, if applicable) in any course participating in the pilot. In some cases, the easiest way to opt out is to simply select a different class section or course that is not participating in the pilot. If a student’s schedule or curriculum does not allow this, he/she should consult with his/her advisor as needed.
If selecting another class section or course is not an option, students may opt out if both of the following conditions are met:
- You are able to legally obtain identical course materials outside of the eText pilot. **Note: Some courses have chosen to use both an eText and a DLT (e.g., Cengage's MindTap titles and Pearson's MyLabs), and the content has been created or customized for UW-Madison eTexts only. In these cases, the content will not be available in any other format other than the printed loose leaf copies at the UW Bookstore. By opting out of a course’s eText, you would also be choosing to opt out of the course’s DLT, and forfeiting your ability to obtain the printed loose leaf copies at the Bookstore, which could significantly affect your success in the course.
- You submit your request to opt out no later than 30 days in advance of the first day of classes in the term. To opt-out after this deadline passes, you must meet one of the following criteria.
Things to Consider
Before opting out, please consider the following:
- You will lose access to all features and benefits of the eText (as well as the course’s DLT, if applicable, as you cannot opt out of one or the other). Some of the specific features and benefits you will forfeit include:
- Significant cost-savings
- Additional content that the instructor might add to the eText, such as links to other content; additional supplemental resources; and highlights, annotations, and study tips to guide engagement and learning in the course.
- The ability to engage, interact, and collaborate with classmates and the instructor within the eText, which in some courses is factored into grading and could significantly impact your success.
- The ability to print up to 50 pages of the text at a time, for free (for courses using only an eText).
- The ability to purchase a printed loose leaf copy of the text at the UW Bookstore (only applicable for specific courses)
- You will be responsible for acquiring legally obtained, alternate versions of all required course materials. (**Note: For courses using both an eText and a DLT, some content has been created or customized for UW-Madison eTexts only, and will not be available in any other format other than the printed loose leaf copies at the UW Bookstore. By opting out, you will forfeit your ability to obtain one of these copies, as well.)
- You risk falling behind in the course if alternate versions of the same materials are not acquired prior to the first day of the class.
- In classes using multiple eTexts titles, you may not opt out of a specific title. Instead, you opt out of every title in the course.
- Instructors are not responsible for providing you with alternative materials or waiving course requirements.
This list is not comprehensive as you may miss other benefits depending on the specific course and instructor.
How to opt out
If, after careful consideration and a conversation with your instructor (recommended), you still choose to opt out, please submit your request via the “eText Opt-Out Request Form.” If you are choosing to opt out because you already purchased the eText in a previous course, please make sure you still have access to the text before completing the form.