Step 1: Communicate
Post a Canvas Announcement (see Canvas Guide: How do I add an announcement to a course?) to your students a week or two before the term starts to bring their attention to the eText and the resources for how to use it. For example:
As noted in the Schedule of Classes, I will be teaching this class with IU eTexts. For more information, see: The Student Guide to IU eTexts. Please familiarize yourself with the etext before the first day of class.
Step 2: Create an eText assignment in Canvas
Your course may be your students' first experience using an eText on Engage, so it's important to give them specific guidance to access it. A low-stakes assignment makes accessing the etext for the first time a priority for students by associating it with points and a due date. It can be compelling to be transparent about this assignment by stating the purpose and value to the students to encourage their engagement:
The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn how to access your eText and use the Notes function in Engage. This is for a grade because we will be using this text throughout the semester, and it's important that you know how to use it.
Import "Getting Started with Your eText" assignment
The IU eText team has created a getting-started assignment and support materials that you can import into your Canvas course to use in your class(es).
In this assignment students are provided instructional videos about using the features of the IU eText reader then asked to access their eText, navigate to the first chapter, create a note there, and take a screenshot of that note for submission.
Follow these instructions to view and import this assignment and quick start guide into your course(s):