Engage - Set-Up/Preparation for Instructors using an Engage eText

This document provides instructions on how instructors can add the Engage eText tool to their Canvas course navigation menu and outlines some best practices for getting started with eTexts. Not all instructors using an eText are using Engage.

If instructors are using a publisher Digital Learning Tool (DLT), access to the eText and associated software will occur via the publisher tool, not the Engage eText tool. For information on setting up a DLT, see this document.

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 Engage to deliver your eText to your students in Canvas, you must manually add the Engage tool to your Canvas course navigation menu.

  1. Log in to Canvas at canvas.wisc.edu
  2. Navigate to the course you are teaching with the eText.
  3. In the course navigation menu, click Settings.
  4. On the Settings page, click the Navigation tab.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page where hidden tools are listed.
  6. Drag the tool named Engage eText to the desired location in the course navigation menu.
  7. 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. You can add language to your syllabus, if you desire. Sample language can be found here. If you are using Engage and wish to review student markups in the text, you will need to advise your students to not block your access. Other examples of things to consider:

  • 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 needed, printed loose-leaf copies of some courses’ texts will also be available for an additional charge at the UW Bookstore as long as the student has not opted out. Check the UW Bookstore’s website to see which texts are available for purchase.

It is also important to consider accessibility. There are some functions in the Engage eReader that are not accessible to students with disabilities. If you’d like to make your course as accessible as possible, please review the tips outlined in this document. If you’d like additional assistance with accessibility, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.

Getting Support

If adding the Engage eText tool doesn't work for you, please contact the DoIT Help Desk:

  • Phone: 608-264-4357
  • Chat: link
  • E-mail: help@doit.wisc.edu

If Help Desk staff are unable to resolve your issue, they will escalate your case to the appropriate consultants.

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