Engage - May I opt out of the eTexts requirement? (UW-Madison)


The Unizin Engage tool will be used for the Spring 2018 UW-Madison eText pilot. If you are not participating in the pilot or taking a class in the pilot you will not have access to Engage. For more information on the pilot please see the Educational Innovation web page.

This document summarizes the opt out process and links to opt-out request form.

Conditions for opting out of the UW-Madison eText Pilot

In compliance with Title IV regulations, you may choose, under specific circumstances, to opt out of using an eText in any of the courses 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 your schedule or curriculum does not allow this, please consult with your advisor as needed.

If selecting another class section or course is not an option, you may opt out if both of the following conditions are met:

  • Identical materials are legally available outside of the UW-Madison eText pilot; be aware that some  courses have chosen to use both an eText and a homework, lab or simulation software package (including Cengage's MindTap titles and Pearson's MyLabs), some of which have been created or customized for UW-Madison eTexts only, and are not available in any other format. By opting out of an eText, you will also be choosing to opt out of the course’s software package, if applicable, which could significantly affect your success in the course.
  • You submit your request to opt out no later than 45 days before the first day of class in the term.

Things to Consider

Before opting out, please consider the following potential consequences:

  • You will lose access to all of the features and benefits of the eText (as well as the course’s homework, lab or simulation software package, if applicable), including significant cost-savings.
  • You will lose access to 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.
  • You will lose the opportunity to engage, interact, and collaborate with classmates and the instructor within the eText.
  • 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.
  • The eText reader software allows your instructor to track your engagement with the eText (e.g., number of highlights/annotations/notes you've made within the eText). Many instructors refer to these engagement logs as a measure of participation or learning, and to help identify students who may be struggling in the course. You could thus limit your instructor's ability to provide you with this additional assistance.
  • You will be responsible for acquiring legally obtained, alternate versions of all required course materials.
  • 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 by emailing etexts@doit.wisc.edu and your request will be evaluated.

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Keywords:unizin, engage, etext, opt, out, pilot   Doc ID:77524
Owner:Dan L.Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2017-10-23 08:41 CDTUpdated:2017-12-22 10:07 CDT
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