Improved experience for Engage eText users

Mon April 25, 2022

Those using Engage to access eTexts, will experience new features like flashcards and study guides as well as improved accessibility beginning this summer semester. Students and instructors will continue to access Engage through Canvas, but it will now be powered by RedShelf. 

New features will include: 

  • Text to speech: Launch a screen reader by clicking the “play” icon in the upper right corner of the browser.
  • Personalized Display Options: Customize the content font, font size, letter spacing, display colors, and margins.
  • Flashcards: Create flashcards with a prompt on one side and the answer on the other.
  • Student-Generated Study Guide: Combine all completed student notes in one spot to easily review.
  • Note Sharing: Choose to share notes or subscribe to the notes from others in the class.
  • Highlights: Use up to four colors to mark important text.
  • Citations: Create citations by highlighting text.
  • Offline Reading: Download sections or all of the eText for use when offline.

Some of these features — like the improved options for text to speech — improves the accessibility of the tool. Digital accessibility ensures that many in our community can independently and fully participate in learning, teaching, and university life through our technology. It also makes our technology more usable overall, for everyone. Accessibility documentation for Engage is being updated and will be available before the beginning of the semester. 

For more information about Engage, explore the Engage KnowledgeBase documents or the RedShelf Solve page. The DoIT Help Desk provides instructors, staff, and students with free tech support and troubleshooting help by phone at 608.264.4357, email at help@doit.wisc.edu and chat at helpdesk.wisc.edu.