Downloading e-book into Canvas Class
I have a student who has purchased or rented their copy of the required e-book for our class. The student is asking if there is a way to integrate or download their purchased copy into their canvas shell. Is this possible?
The e-book can be purchased through RedShelf. I don't see anything on their website that says a student can integrate the book into a learning management system. I also do not see anything in this regard on the publishers website.
I never thought about asking this question. I just thought students can download their own copy of the textbook and then open a new window with our canvas class and toggle between the two, but I can see how downloading right into your own canvas shell would be helpful.
There is no way for students to integrate an e-book with a Canvas class. Only 'teacher' roles can publish content in their Canvas shells. Students are limited to submissions. You would need to adopt and integrate the e-book with your class so that its content is populated into your modules, integrated around your units/lessons.
Most e-books can be opened and read by students via e-pub readers or are provided in PDF. If this is optional reading in your class, then having it as an external resource is fine.
Does this answer your question? Let us know. Thanks.
@vivie-sinou Hi Vivie, Thank you. I did adopt the textbook and I now see on the publishers website that I can integrate the text into my canvas class, but that means students have to purchase from the publisher and redeem an access code. I don't like this option because frankly, students can purchase/rent a more affordable version of the text from other sellers. Me opting for the "interoperable cartridge" ties the students to the publisher. See screen shot. This is why I was asking if students could purchase/rent on their own and integrate into their own canvas shell. I understand they cannot. This is good info for me.
BTW, do many instructors integrate the textbook into their canvas classes? I know more and more faculty are using OER materials and not going to a publisher like myself.
@nicole - You are correct. More and more faculty are adopting OER and moving away from publisher integrated content that is costly for students. The only exception is sciences and foreign language, as these disciplines are having difficulties finding open source textbooks.
@vivie-sinou Thanks Vivie. The OER materials for communication studies are not very good. I do understand the cost factor and moving toward OER. It is full time job looking over OER materials. That is something I will likely do in the future.
I wish you a good day
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