Using Courseload eTexts
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- 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 eTexts 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
Other browsers may work, 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 eTexts with Internet Explorer (IE) 9.0
may experience intermittent difficulties.
- If you use IE 8 or 7, you must first install the Chrome Frame plug-in from Google. To access
Courseload on a Windows computer the IU Student Technology
Centers (STCs), either use Firefox or IE 9 (or later).
- To access Courseload from Oncourse, your browser needs to allow cookies and pop-up messages (see your browser's Help documentation for instructions).
You have personal access rights to your material until you are no longer enrolled at the institution.
Courseload eTexts 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 backward a page at a time, use the arrow icons in
the bottom corners of the screen.
- To navigate with your keyboard, use the left and right arrow keys to change the page, and the up and down arrow keys 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
+(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
Changing terms: If you've used Courseload for
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 prior to 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 (e.g., Google or Wikipedia), enter the word or phrase
in the search box. In the search results, click the
and then select the service you want to search.
To add, delete, or access bookmarks:
Bookmarking a page: At the top left of any page,
click the gray ribbon with the plus sign.
Deleting a bookmark: At the top left of a
bookmarked page, click the blue ribbon with the minus sign.
Accessing a bookmarked page: In the left panel,
Bookmarkstab, and then click the desired page number.
Interacting with your texts
Click and drag over the text you want to highlight. When the pop-up dialog appears, select a 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 add a note for a section of text:
- Click and drag over the desired text.
- When the pop-up dialog appears, click
- In the
Add Notedialog box, type your note. Optionally, you also may enter tags, separated by commas (e.g.,
exam 1), and/or select a highlight color.
- To save your note, in the
Add Notedialog box, click
Adding sticky notes
To add sticky notes to the text, 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 questions for the instructor
To post a question for your instructor, follow the steps for adding a note, but before clicking
Post as a question. This notifies your instructor of
your note. 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 then in the menu that appears, click
Sharing highlights, annotations, and sticky notes
Note: By default, instructors can view all student
annotations. You can disable their access to your annotations and
questions, but if you do, you won't be able to ask instructors a
question through the Courseload platform. To disable instructor access
to annotations, click
Sharing, and then in the
Settings window that appears, select
Hide my notes and
questions from my instructors.
To control whether classmates can see your highlights, annotations,
and sticky notes, click
Sharing, and then in the
Settings window that appears, choose one of the following
All students in the class
Only these students:(Check the box next to the name of each classmate with whom you want to share.)
Viewing highlights, annotations, and sticky notes
To view the highlights and notes of others who are sharing with
you, 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
To link to external web content related to your studies, enter the
desired URL in the annotation box. To navigate to the
Ctrl-click the link
Command-click on a Mac).
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 IU.
Ordering printed copies
Instead of printing sections of course materials yourself (as
described in the previous section), you can order
a printed copy of the entire text for purchase. Materials are printed
in black and white, and drilled for three-ring binders. To order
printed materials, enter the course in Courseload, and then, in the
left navigation panel, click
Prefer a print copy (additional
cost). You'll be directed either to the publisher's web site or 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 also may share them with others. To add content:
- In the lower left corner, click
- In the
Upload Contenttab, browse to and select the file you want to upload.
- Complete the form, and then click
Upload Content. Using the tabs next to
Upload Content, you also can add links to external web pages, and import content, notes, and stacks from your other courses.
The materials will be available shortly after you upload them.
For help with Courseload, contact the Support Center.
Feature demonstrations include audio; links open new windows.
- 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 February 07, 2014.