Using Courseload for eTexts
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On this page:
- Requirements for your desktop or laptop
- Controlling the view
- Interacting with your texts
- Linking to external content
- Ordering printed copies
- Importing and deleting external content
- Getting help
Requirements for your desktop or laptop
With an Internet connection, you can use Courseload on any computer with one of the following browsers:
- Firefox 4 or later (preferred)
- Safari 4 or later
- Google Chrome 11 or later
- Internet Explorer 9 or later
The application may work with other browsers, but they have not been thoroughly tested. (Courseload strongly recommends upgrading to the latest version of your browser, available to Indiana University students, faculty, and staff from IUware.)
- Users accessing Courseload with Internet Explorer 9.0 may experience
- If you use Internet Explorer, you must first install the Chrome Frame plug-in from Google. In a
Student Technology Center (STC) at Indiana University, use
Firefox to access Courseload on a Windows computer.
- Your browser needs to allow cookies and pop-ups in
order to access Courseload from Oncourse. See:
- Using Firefox, how do I view and control cookies?
- In Safari for Mac OS X, how do I view and control cookies?
- In Internet Explorer, how do I view and control cookies?
- How do I enable or disable pop-ups in web browsers?
- If you see a pop-up message in Internet Explorer asking if you want to view only secure content, see In Internet Explorer, how can I turn off the Security Information pop-up alert?
You have personal access rights to your material until you are no longer enrolled at the institution.
Courseload may be unavailable during the daily maintenance window of 5-6am Eastern Standard Time.
- To navigate to the first page of a chapter, use the table of
contents. In the left panel of the Courseload screen, click the
- To navigate to a specific page, either enter a number in the "Go
to page:" box on the right side of the screen, or use the "scrubber"
along the bottom of the page. As you drag the scrubber, pages will
pop up over the textbook. You can scroll until you see the page you
want (the numbers are displayed above each page).
- To go forward or back a page at a time, use the arrow icons in the bottom
corners of the screen.
- To navigate using the keyboard, use the left and right arrows to change the page, and the up and down arrows to move within the current page.
Controlling the view
You can control your view of your course materials using the following:
Zoom: To zoom in, near the top of the Courseload viewer,
+(the plus icon). To zoom out, click
-(the minus icon). Multiple zoom levels are available.
Full-screen view: To maximize reading
space, near the middle of the Courseload viewer, click the full-screen
icon ( ). To exit full-screen view, in the top right corner, click the full-screen exit icon (), or press
Move side panels: Both the left and right side panels
can slide off the screen to increase the viewing area. Click the arrow
between the reading material and the side panel to collapse it.
Changing terms: If you've used Courseload in more
than one semester, you can switch between current and past terms by
clicking the up and down arrows ( ) to the right of the current term's name.
Note: For semesters earlier than fall 2011, you need to use the previous version of the software, Courseload 1.4 (also called CLIP).
Within the digital course material
To locate specific words or phrases anywhere in the text, use the search box at the top of the Courseload screen. Detailed results will automatically appear in the new search window. You can quickly view the context of search results and access a section. Search results also return matches from any notes you have made visible.
To search for a word or phrase that appears in the text via an outside
resource such as Google or Wikipedia, enter the word or phrase in the
search box. In the search results, click the
More tab, and
select the service you want to search.
- To bookmark a page, click the gray ribbon with the plus sign at the top
left of any page.
- Delete a bookmark by clicking the blue ribbon with the minus sign at the
top left of a bookmarked page.
- To access your saved bookmarks, in the left panel, click the
Bookmarkstab, and then click the bookmarked page number.
Interacting with your texts
Creating highlights, annotations, and sticky notes
- To create a highlight, click and drag over the text you want to highlight.
When the pop-up dialog appears, select the highlight color.
Courseload is pre-loaded with four colors for highlighting; you can't change the colors. You may want to use the different colors for different categories of highlighting.
- To create an annotation:
- Click and drag over the text you want to annotate.
- When the pop-up dialog appears, click
Add Notedialog allows you to type your annotation, and, if desired, add tags (e.g., vocabulary, exam 1) and/or select a highlight color.
Saveat the bottom of the dialog box to save your annotation.
- To create a sticky note, click anywhere on the textbook page. You can place sticky notes anywhere on the page (including over images), and move them anywhere after you've created them.
Posting a question to the instructor
To ask your instructor a question, follow the steps for creating an
annotation above, and check
Post as a question. This
notifies your instructor of the annotation you made. When the
instructor responds, you'll see a notation along the edge of the left
panel, showing the number of new responses waiting for you, like this:
Deleting highlights, annotations, sticky notes, and questions
To delete an annotation, highlight, sticky note, or question, click
the highlighted text or note, and from the menu that appears, click
Sharing highlights, annotations, and sticky notes
Note: By default, instructors can view all student
annotations. Students may disable their instructors' access to all
annotations and questions; however, the student will no longer be able
to ask the instructor a question through the Courseload platform. To
remove an instructor's access to annotations, click
Sharing. In the
Book Settings window that
Hide my notes and questions from my
To allow others in your class to view your highlights, annotations, and
sticky notes, click
Sharing. In the
Settings window that appears, select
All students in the
No students, or
students: . If you choose to share with only certain
students, check the boxes beside the names of those people.
Viewing highlights, annotations, and sticky notes
To view the text interactions of others who have granted you permission to
do so, under "Showing Notes From", select
Select a Class; if you choose the latter, select a class from
the drop-down list.
To view a summary of your personal and shared interactions, in the left panel
of the main textbook page, click the
Linking to external content
You can link to external content related to your studies by entering a
URL within an annotation box.
Ctrl-click the link
Command-click on a Mac) to navigate to the linked
To print, in the left panel of the Courseload page, click
Note: Materials you print are for your personal use only, and your right to use them ends when you are no longer a student at Indiana University.
Ordering printed copies
Rather than printing sections of course materials yourself (as
described above), you can order printed copies for purchase.
Materials are printed in black and white, and drilled for three-ring
binders. To order, enter the course in Courseload. In the left
navigation panel, click
Prefer a print copy (additional
cost)? You'll be directed either to the publisher's web site, or
to a Courseload order form, depending on the publisher.
Importing and deleting external content
You can upload PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files into Courseload and annotate them; instructors may also share them with others. To add a document:
Manage Contentin the lower left corner.
- In the
Upload Contenttab, browse to the document you want to upload, and select it.
- Complete the form, and then click
Upload Content. You can also add external links and import content, notes, and stacks from your other courses using the tabs next to
After uploading, the materials will be available shortly.
For help with Courseload, contact the Support Center.
All the following feature demonstrations include audio, and each link will open a new window.
- Accessing Courseload in Oncourse
- Accessing and Viewing Course Materials
- Navigating the Textbook
- Searching Materials
- Highlights, Notes, and Questions
- Sharing Notes
- Note Summary View
- Printing Materials
- Uploading Content
Last modified on May 16, 2013.