Engage - Set-Up/Preparation for Instructors using Unizin Engage
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 outlines some best practices for an instructor getting started with using eTexts in their course.
To ensure the most successful semester using Engage, be sure to spend some time preparing before the start of the term.
Add the Engage eText tool to your Canvas course
If you are using Unizin Engage to deliver your eText to your students in Canvas, you must manually add the Engage tool to your Canvas course navigation menu.
- Log in to Canvas at canvas.wisc.edu
- Navigate to the course you are teaching with the eText pilot.
- In the course navigation menu, click Settings.
- On the Settings page, click the Navigation tab.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page where hidden tools are listed.
- Drag the tool named Engage eText to the desired location in the course navigation menu.
- Click Save to save your changes.
Prepare your text
Take time to review your eText in Engage and begin making annotations to model for your students how you will use the eText throughout the semester.
In future semesters, you will be able to copy your markups from previous terms from Engage, provided you are using the exact eText from semester to semester.
Prepare your students
Consider adding resources to the homepage of your course to help reduce confusion and anxiety about Engage. You may also wish to post an announcement in Canvas a few days prior to the start of your course, directing students to your eText and encouraging them to begin exploring the tool.
Be sure to explain to your students how you will use Engage throughout the semester. If you are using Engage and wish to review student markups in the text, you will need to advise you 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? Promote early engagement with and navigation in the eText in a manner that reflects your expectations throughout the semester.
If you are using a publisher Digital Learning Tool (DLT) like Cengage MindTap or Pearson MyLab and Mastering or Revel be sure to inform your students how the DLT will be used in your course. If students have support questions related to use of the DLT they can be referred to the vendor for support. More information on where to go for vendor support can be found here.