Learn@UW Tools: New Features this Summer & No Subscription Fees this Fall

Mon May 9, 2022

Whether instructors are preparing to teach this summer or take a well-deserved break prior to fall, there’s a lot springing up in the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies to share! Learning engagement data will soon be ready in LEAD for summer course instructors, Engage eReader introduces new features for beach reading, and Top Hat will be available in fall to everyone without subscription fees.  

Below are updates about these and other Learn@UW tools, reminders for the semester, and resources. Contact the DoIT Help Desk for technical assistance or to schedule a consultation with the Learn@UW–Madison team.

Tool Updates


Engage: New Features in eReader  

The Engage eText tool is now powered by a different eReader platform called RedShelf. Instructors and students will still access Engage through Canvas and will notice an improved user experience along with some new features. For more information about the features in RedShelf, please refer to this article

Engage KnowledgeBase articles have been updated to reflect the new RedShelf tool. For more documentation, refer to the vendor support site, RedShelf Solve.

LEAD: Now Available for 8-Week Session Summer Courses

The Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard (LEAD) will soon be available for 8-week summer session courses that begin on June 20. By visiting go.wisc.edu/LEAD, instructors can view aggregated course-level data from several tools used in their for-credit course. 

Please note that Engage eText data will not be included this summer in LEAD due to the Enage eReader switch to the RedShelf platform. It is anticipated that Engage eReader data will be included in LEAD this fall. 


Top Hat: Enterprise License Coming for Fall 

The university has procured an enterprise license for Top Hat that will go into effect for the fall 2022 semester. Although Top Hat has been part of the Learn@UW suite since 2016, the cost for using the tool has been covered by students purchasing subscriptions. The new license will allow all UW–Madison instructors and students to use the tool without paying for subscriptions. 

In addition to the enterprise license, a new version of the Top Hat integration is coming this summer. This new integration, based on the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) 1.3 specification, uses an improved security model and will enable syncing of rosters from Canvas to Top Hat as well as deep linking to assignments and syncing of grades from Top Hat to Canvas. 

As the summer progresses, more information will be available about the availability timelines for the enterprise license and new Top Hat integration with Canvas. Please check the DoIT AT website’s Top Hat page for updates.

Syllabus Reminders

Include Engage eText Information in Syllabus

It is recommended that instructors using Engage should provide information around the following:

  • How students will be automatically charged through the tuition billing process.
  • How and when to opt out
  • How the tool is intended to be used in the course.
  • What accessibility barriers exist with the Engage eReader and how accommodations can be used to mitigate them.

Please review these preparation guides for Engage eTexts and publisher digital learning technologies (DLTs), including the sample syllabi language. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.

Note Usage of Honolorlock in Syllabus

Honorlock, an automated proctoring service, is available for all UW–Madison credit-based courses and the university provides resources and use case scenarios

For example, the university recommends that an instructor should state explicitly in the syllabus if the tool is used. The use of Honorlock for proctoring is considered a condition of enrollment for all students that register for the course. Because of this, the following should be included in the course syllabus regarding proctoring:

  • A statement that proctoring (remotely or in-person) will be required, and what proctoring service will be used.
  • Clearly stated consequences for failing to use the required proctoring service (e.g., zero on exams, quizzes, etc.).

It is possible that unforeseen circumstances may result in an exam or other testing moving from in-class to online or other virtual option during the course of the semester. To ensure that an instructor can engage the use of Honorlock without a previously established proctoring agreement with students via the syllabus, instructors should insert a statement in the syllabus indicating that it is within the instructor’s discretion to engage the use of Honorlock during the semester if circumstances require it. The recommended spring course syllabus template, which includes this language, can be found on this website

Resources & Support

Student Tech Modules

Learn@UW–Madison can help students understand how to use supported learning technologies in Canvas with the Student Tech Modules. An instructor can choose which ones to download from Canvas Commons and add to their course as a starting point for communicating with their students. There are Tech Modules available for Kaltura, Honorlock and more.

Consultations & Support

Learn@UW–Madison manages the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. Our team is available via the DoIT Help Desk to consult on selecting and using the right learning technology to improve student success. The DoIT Help Desk also provides technical support and troubleshooting help for Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace, AEFIS, UDOIT, Engage, Pressbooks, Atomic Assessments, Turnitin and LEAD. For Honorlock, contact the vendor via email at support@honorlock.com, phone at 844-243-2500, or Honorlock’s chat feature within Canvas. For Top Hat, contact the vendor at support@tophat.com. For Piazza, contact the vendor at team@piazza.com or visit support.piazza.com.