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Engage - Sample language for syllabi and Canvas courses using an Engage eText

This document provides example language an instructor may consider including in a course when using Engage for eTexts.

As noted in the Engage Best Practices for Instructors document, students have a more positive experience with eTexts when their instructors are proactive in managing expectations. The text below should be modified for your specific course to inform students of what to expect if you are using Engage for your eText. Text in brackets [like this] is meant to be either customized for your particular course or meant as a general suggestion.

As noted in the Course Guide, this course is using an Engage eText. Your eText(s) is/are available from the Engage tool in your Canvas course page. We will be using [Title of text, edition] by [author] ([ISBN if available]).

[Be sure to explain to your students why you chose to use Engage and how you will use it throughout the semester. If you wish to review student markups in the text, you will need to advise your students to not block your access. Will you be reviewing the eText for questions and responding in-text or in-class? Would you prefer your students to submit questions elsewhere or come to office hours? Etc.

Promote early engagement with and navigation in the eText in a manner that reflects your expectations throughout the semester.]

To access your eText(s) and learn more about Engage, follow these steps:

  1. In the menu at the left of the screen, click on Unizin Engage to open the Engage reading platform.
  2. In the top right corner of Engage, click on your initials/photo.
  3. Click on the Help link.
  4. Click on Students to access quick overviews of how to navigate the platform and all the general studying/learning features – reading, note-taking, highlighting, questioning, printing, bookmarking, searching, and collaborating.


Please familiarize yourself with the Engage platform before the first day of class. A short demo of Engage can be found here. Additional resources can be found in Unizin's Engage documentation and in the UW-Madison KnowledgeBase.

You will be able to print up to 50 pages at a time, for free (not including the cost of printing), via the Engage tool. If needed, printed loose-leaf copies of some courses’ texts will also be available for an additional charge at the UW Bookstore as long as you have not opted out of the pilot. Check the UW Bookstore’s website to see which texts are available to purchase.

If you wish to opt-out of using the Engage eText, please contact me at [instructor e-mail] before doing so. Opting out of using Engage could significantly impact your grade in the course.

If you wish to request an accessible version of the eText, please contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center as soon as possible. More information is available here.

Note: Engage works best when viewed online in Firefox or Chrome.




Keywords:unizin, etexts, syllabus, examples, tips, tricks, instructors, online, textbooks   Doc ID:78843
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Created:2017-12-19 13:12 CSTUpdated:2020-11-06 13:35 CST
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