Engage - eText Pilot Overview (UW-Madison)

This document summarizes and outlines the differences between the tools included in the UW-Madison Engage eText Pilot.

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

The UW-Madison Engage eText Pilot began in spring 2018 and is part of the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative. It is 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). The pilot primarily utilizes the Unizin Engage platform via an integration with Canvas, and aims to reduce the costs of course materials for students, while advancing the student learning experience and exploring the potential for broader implementation of eTexts at UW-Madison.

In switching to eTexts, savings are typically between 40%-80% per textbook. Read the official ASM eText resolution press release and formal legislation. For more information on the pilot and the participating courses please see the EI Initiative website.

Engage and publisher Digital Learning Tools (DLTs) used in the eText pilot

Instructors of pilot courses are responsible for selecting the texts and courses materials for their respective courses, and may choose to offer any of the following options:

  1. eText Only: Only an eText is required, and is delivered via Unizin Engage, an eText reader. Most instructors participating in the pilot choose this option.

  2. eText and Publisher Digital Learning Tool (DLT): An eText and a DLT (e.g., lab or homework software, or other interactive materials) are required. The eText and DLT are delivered by the respective publisher’s eText reader (not Engage) and website, and integrate with Canvas.

    Example DLTs include:
    • Pearson: MyLab, Mastering, and Revel
    • Cengage: MindTap, and WebAssign
    • MacMillan: LaunchPad
    • McGraw-Hill: Connect

  3. Open Educational Resource (OER) & DLT: An OER is used as the course’s main text and paired with a DLT. The OER is delivered via Engage, while the DLT is delivered by the respective publisher’s website.

Differences between each model are outlined in the following table:

   eText Only
 eText and Publisher Digital Learning Tool (DLT)
 Open Educational Resource (OER) & publisher Digital Learning Tool (DLT)
Tools
Unizin Engage, an eText reader 1. Publisher (Pearson, Cengage, Macmillan or McGraw-Hill) eText reader
2. Publisher DLT:
Pearson: MyLab; Mastering; REVEL  
Cengage: MindTap; Webassign
Macmillan: Launchpad
McGraw-Hill: Connect
1. Unizin Engage, an eText reader (delivers the OER)
2.  Publisher DLT (same as list to the left)


Support Provided 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.
For Unizin Engage - the DoIT Help Desk.

Find more details on how to use Engage.

For the DLT - directly by the publisher

See the KB document on publisher DLT support.
Printing Students 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. Students can print up to 50 pages at a time for free (not including the cost of printing).
Loose-leaf Copies
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 of certain eTexts are available for purchase at the UW Bookstore. Check the UW Bookstore’s website to see which texts are available.

DLTs are only available online, via the respective publisher's website.
A loose-leaf copy of the OpenStax textbook is not available, but as noted elsewhere students can print on their own or check out a copy from the UW-Madison Library.
Length of Access
Entire student career at UW-Madison. Varies based on the course and DLT. For the OER - Entire student career at UW-Madison if accessing via Engage or for as long as you’d like if downloaded separately.

For the DLT - Varies based on the course and DLT.
Library Reserves
Printed 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.
Printed copies of all eTexts are available in campus library reserves. See the UW-Madison Libraries website.

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Keywords:unizin, engage, etext, reader, pilot, spring, 2018, help, support, documentation, troubleshooting, publisher, dlt, print, loose-leaf, library, reserve, access, pearson, cengage, macmillan, mcgraw-hill, mylab, mastering, revel, mindtap, webassign, launchpad, connect   Doc ID:77485
Owner:Dan L.Group:Academic Technology Pilots
Created:2017-10-19 13:53 CSTUpdated:2018-09-12 11:39 CST
Sites:Academic Technology Pilots, DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison
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