Teaching & Learning Tips

A collection of tips and tools designed to aid in transitioning instruction online.


Jun 19, 2020


eText@Illinois For Accessible, Affordable Course Material

eText is CITL’s accessible, interactive, multimedia enriched online content delivery platform. Created at and for the University of Illinois, eText enables easy delivery of original, OER or existing course materials, and can save students 40-75% over traditional books. eText can be accessed on any internet enabled device and, thanks to rigorously enforced semantic markup and a comprehensive commitment to accessibility, eText is one of the most truly ADA Section 508 compliant and universally accessible means of delivering electronic course content in the world.

Is eText Right for Your Course?

With more instructors preparing for fall online, we suggest using eText@Illinois.  Using eText at the “front end” with Compass or Moodle provides seamless grades, quizzes, and other embedded features. It provides a professionally designed, content-rich learning environment while integrating LMSs, video content, and external resources, and serves well for the blended modality.

The eText@Illinois Advantages (https://etext.illinois.edu

    • Clean user interface mimics the weekly class as outlined in your syllabus.
    • Assured accessibility on any device, and the most accessible, mobile friendly teaching platform on campus.
    • Embeds videos from YouTube, MediaSpace, and other streaming platforms.
    • Access restricted to the class roster, enabling instructors to share copyrighted and proprietary content.
    • Embeds homework questions straight from the LMS into lessons.
    • Lower cost than traditional textbooks.
    • Variety of built-in engagement activities and self-reflection cues.

The CITL Promise and How to Proceed 

Since instructors are so busy teaching amid the pandemic’s significant disruption, eText@Illinois can help.  Just give CITL access to your previous course materials in the LMS, Box, or other locations, and we’ll convert it to an eText for you review, revise, and then utilize into the Fall, and beyond! 


For more details about eText please view this short video.