Engage - Engage Terminology [UW-Madison]

A list of terms defined for anyone using Engage at UW-Madison.


The UW-Madison Learning Management System (LMS) from which the Engage software is accessed with one click.

Digital Learning Tool (DLT)

All other non-text digital/electronic learning materials (including publisher's online learning and study environments, game simulations, online courses, and other interactive materials). DLTs are hosted on the publisher's websites and are not accessed through the Engage platform. Many DLTs are usually priced at 25% off of the publisher's list price. Most of them integrate into Canvas with a single-sign-on (SSO) feature for students (meaning no access code is required). Examples of DLTs include Cengage MindTap, Pearson's MyLab and Mastering series, and Pearson Revel.


A digitized version of a traditional paper textbook, journal, article, etc. eTexts are presented on the Engage e-reading platform. The cost is typically 50-75% off of the publisher's print list price.

Engage eReader (RedShelf)

The e-reading platform, onto which Unizin staff load eTexts (text-based) titles adopted by instructors. The Engage eReader includes a suite of studying/learning features and encourages student/instructor engagement in the text. UW-Madison accesses Engage eTexts via Canvas. For more information on reading Engage eTexts via Canvas, please see Engage - Reading eTexts on Engage [UW-Madison].

Unizin Engage’s eReader is powered by RedShelf.


The process by which students must indicate that they do not wish to utilize the eText (and digital learning tool, if applicable) chosen by their instructor. See Engage - Opt-out Considerations and Guidelines for more information, including how to opt-out.


The university consortium that owns the Engage software. UW-Madison joined the Unizin consortium in September 2014.

Order Tool

The Order Tool enables instructors and course coordinators to place orders for digital course materials for upcoming academic terms. The associated catalog is available year-round for browsing. More information on the Order Tool can be found in this document.


The set of permissions granted to a user within the Order Tool. These include Student, Instructor, Course Coordinator, and Program Administrator. Please see this document for more details on the four roles granted to users (also called a profile, or user profile). 

Engage's Ordering Process

Instructors and curricular reps (course coordinators) can order eTexts and DLTs during a specific ordering period through the Order Tool. eTexts and DLTs will become available within Canvas before the first day of the semester for instructors, and either on or before the first day for students. Information about the ordering process and the Order Tool can be found here: Engage - Order Tool Overview.

Student Choice Period

Students can opt-out of using digital materials during designated student choice periods. At the close of this period, the choices are final. Opt-outs can be accessed through the Order Tool. See “Opt-Out” above for more information.


Entitlements track student purchases and duration of access for digital materials. If an eText was purchased in a previous course, the student will not be charged for that eText again, unless a new edition is used (students can still opt-out and access the previous edition, though should discuss this with their instructors first). Students can view their previous purchase through the “Purchase History” feature.

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Created:2017-10-31 11:46 CDTUpdated:2023-03-29 13:19 CDT
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