An estimated 3,000 students across 16 courses will participate in a pilot this spring and pay approximately 40 to 80 percent less per textbook by using the Unizin Engage platform to access online text materials instead of traditional textbooks. In addition, they will benefit from the annotations feature that instructors and peers can use to share questions and notes.
DoIT Academic Technology (DoIT AT), the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Registrar and Associated Students of Madison (ASM) co-sponsor the Engage eText Pilot, which is led by the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative.
“A successful pilot requires expertise and input from numerous campus groups, which makes collaboration critical,” says Linda Jorn, Director of DoIT AT and Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies. “Fortunately, we have a long history of working closely with these partners on projects such as the Advising Gateway and the Canvas transition.”
After ASM adopted formal legislation supporting the pilot, members of the UW-Madison Engage eText Pilot Team contacted faculty about participating. Behind the scenes, the Office of the Registrar worked to include eText information in the Course Guide and the Bursar’s Office ensured that the eText fees would be part of student tuition bills in part to meet financial aid requirements.
From DoIT AT, the Learn@UW-Madison team set up the Engage integration with Canvas and supports the tool, Learner Experience: Training & Support provides training,and Evaluation Design & Analysis will lead in assessing the pilot upon completion. In addition, we provide project management services to coordinate the work and needs of the partners and participants.
Both student newspapers have reported upon the pilot including this article in The Daily Cardinal and this article in The Badger Herald. This demonstrates the student interest in making textbook affordability a priority.