This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

Course cartridges are premade materials produced by professional authors, editors, and publishers that you can download and add to a course.

Course cartridges offer complete sets of teaching tools provided by academic publishers. In one central location, you can find relevant, publisher-created materials. After you download the materials to your course, you are free to customize the content. You can add and delete materials to correlate with specific topics covered in your classroom.

To use course cartridges in your course, download them from the site listed in these download instructions and install with a download key obtained from the publisher. You can't add course cartridge content without a download key.

About copy-protected cartridges

Cartridges may be designated as copy-protected or open access. Content in copy-protected cartridges isn't included when you export or copy a course. Only one copy-protected cartridge may exist in a course.

You may add multiple open access cartridges to a course, including a course that already contains a copy-protected cartridge.

You can freely copy, export, and import open access cartridge content added to a course.

Cartridge operations

No restrictions exist for open access cartridge content during import, export, archive, restore, or copy operations. This content is treated like any other content in your course.

Copy-protected cartridge content has these limitations during the operations:

  • Archive: When you archive a course, all cartridge content in the course is saved with the archive.
  • Restore: When you restore an archived course, the cartridge content is included in the restored course.
  • Export: When you export a course, cartridge content isn't included.
  • Import: The only time cartridge content is included with a course import is if the package was created as an archive. Cartridge content isn't included in exported packages.
  • Copy: Cartridge content is always included in a Course Copy with Users (Exact Copy) operation. You have the option to include cartridge content as part of Copy Course Materials into a New Course or Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course.

Import a course cartridge

  1. Obtain the instructor download key from the textbook publisher. You can't import course cartridge content without a download key.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and select Import Course Cartridge.
  3. Type the Course Cartridge Download Key in the box.
  4. Select Submit. The course cartridge content is added to your course materials.

Download a course cartridge

  1. Choose a textbook with a companion course cartridge in the course cartridge list. On the Extensions page, select Course Cartridge in the Filter By menu.
  2. Obtain the instructor download key from the textbook publisher. You can't import course cartridge content without a download key.
  3. Begin the course creation process.
  4. During the course creation process, provide the instructor download key obtained in Step 2.
  5. Select Submit to create the course.
  6. An email arrives when the course cartridge has finished loading into your new course.

Student access to course cartridges

Instruct the students enrolled in your course to purchase the required textbook or other publisher-provided materials that contain the access key.

When they first access the course content, students are required to provide an access key. After validation, students no longer need the access key.

If you can't answer a course cartridge question, ask students to contact the cartridge publisher directly. The campus bookstore or department in charge of ordering textbooks may be able to help students contact the publisher.

Chalk Titles

Chalk Titles are course cartridges that are integrated with external applications and content from publishers. Chalk Titles include both content and tools. Tools included in a Chalk Title connect to an outside source to run each tool.

Tool availability

Your institution must make the Chalk Titles tool available.

Chalk Title tools appear in the Course Tools section of the Control Panel after a Chalk Title is added to a course. You can restrict availability to Chalk Title tools in the same way that you can restrict availability to other tools.

More on tool availability

Chalk Title features

Integration with the course: Chalk Titles link courses to applications that run on the publisher's servers. These applications are often popular tools that are familiar to instructors. Contact the publisher to learn more about the applications included with a Chalk Title.

Single sign-on: Users who are logged into a course are also logged into the publisher applications linked to the course. Users pass between the course and the publisher applications seamlessly.

Roster synchronization: Users who are enrolled in a course are automatically enrolled in the publisher application.

Grade passing: Grades from the publisher application are passed to the course.

Install Chalk Titles

Chalk Titles are installed in the same way as other course cartridges. Chalk Titles also require a download key and student access keys.

More on course cartridges

Chalk Titles and the Grade Center

Chalk Title tools can synch with a course's Grade Center to report student performance. Note that student attempts are stored on the server that runs the tool, not within the course. Therefore, student attempts aren't included when you archive a course. The reported grades are the only recorded information about student attempts.

Configure browser privacy settings

To fully use links added to a course by a Chalk Title, browser settings must be set to Accept All Cookies. At a minimum, set your browser to accept cookies from the Chalk Title's server.

If you set the browser privacy settings on medium or high, cookies from third-party content are silently blocked. Users will receive an error message when they attempt to access some of the links for a Chalk Title.

If you specifically set the browser to accept cookies from the Chalk Title's server, you can maintain the browser privacy settings at medium or high. Contact the Chalk Title publisher for additional information.

Maintain user privacy

When you make a Chalk Title available to students, you need to consider user privacy. Outside servers use personal information, such as names and email addresses to provide the tool and link the tool with the Grade Center.

When you first access a Chalk Title, you receive a privacy notice. This message is set to display each time you access a Chalk Title. You can require students to fill out an authorization form before they access a Chalk Title.

Provide notice and authorization

On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and select Manage Chalk Title. Complete these fields:

  • Student Authorization: Select Yes to require authorization from students to release their personal information to the publisher's server.
  • Instructor Notice: Select Yes to display the privacy notice each time an instructor accesses a Chalk Title tool.

Troubleshooting Chalk Titles

When you report problems with a Chalk Title, remember that its tools and content are linked to outside servers hosted by publishers. In many cases, the problem may be with the publisher's server. Let your institution know that a problem is related to Chalk Title tool.

Chalk Title tools won't work if you export or archive the course and later add it to a system that doesn't support Chalk Titles.