User Guide

Part I: The Instructor Experience

Part II: The Student Experience

Part III: XanEdu Customization Platform and Your Bookstore & Institution

The XanEdu Customization Platform Experience

Welcome to the XanEdu Customization Platform. To ensure that you have a successful experience, we have developed this User Guide to serve as a reference as you build and distribute your custom learning materials.

The highlighted sections: Instructor, Student, Bookstore/Institution, provide points of reference for various users. Your XanEdu representative or Customer Service representative is happy to assist you and answer your questions. (Call us at 866-297-9095 or email us at cust.serv@xanedu.com)

We hope you enjoy building custom course materials with XanEdu and that you find it easy to use.

Getting Started with the XanEdu Customization Platform

Here are suggestions for archiving, saving, and organizing materials:

Part I: The Instructor Experience

Registration and Sign-in

New Users

  1. New Users click "Free Registration"
  2. Complete Registration form and read and click agree to User Agreement
  3. Click "Register" button
  4. You will receive an email confirming your registration and will be asked to click on a link to complete the registration process
  5. Sign-in on the linked page

Returning Users

  1. Click "Sign-in"
  2. Enter your user name and password and click Sign In

Creating A New Custom Book Project OR Selecting An Existing Project

XanEdu Customization Platform organizes your materials into Projects. Each project can be used and reused to create many books for multiple terms of the same course. In most cases a project corresponds to a specific course, usually taught by a single professor.

  1. All Users will see a dialog box asking you to name the Project. Please provide:
    • The name of your course
    • The Instructor's name
    • The Discipline and Sub-heading for the class (if you cannot find an appropriate selection, you can choose "Other")
    • The course level
    • Optional - the course number (this will display later and may help you to better sort and find the right project)
  2. Returning Users are able to Access an Existing Project. To access a project, click on the course name. One or more completed or in-progress projects may appear. If you have several, you can sort your projects by clicking the appropriate heading.

Building Your Course Materials

The XanEdu Customization Platform project screen provides access to everything you need to assemble your course materials. You may do the following:

As you add content, it will appear along the right-hand side of the page, detailing the contents of your course along with the price for each item of content. This list has a "drag and drop" feature so you can easily re sequence the content to match your syllabus.

Once you have added all content to your course pack, click "Preview My Book" and complete the details for start and end date, and any cover selections you might want to add.

Adding Content from the XanEdu Customization Platform Library

  1. Click "Browse Library"
  2. Search by entering keywords and defining the search type (if you wish to - you can limit to a single content provider), then click Search to see related content from the XanEdu Library
  3. Search Results will appear so you can select appropriate course materials
  4. To see an abstract, click "Details"
  5. To review/read an article click the title name and XanEdu will produce a watermarked preview for you to read.
  6. When a large number of results are found - you are able to move from page-to-page using the "Next" and "Prev" links
  7. Make your selection by clicking "Quick Add"
  8. You will see the recently selected item on the right hand side with source, title, and price

Adding Desktop Content (no permissions or royalties required)

  1. To add your own desktop files, select "PDF or Word Doc"
  2. To upload a document from your computer, click "Choose File"
  3. A dialog box will ask you to select the desired file
  4. Remember to name the document in "Section Title" - this text will appear in the Table of Contents in your book
  5. The "Royalty" box allows you to ask for assistance with royalty collection from XanEdu. If you are uploading a syllabus, public domain or other non-royalty items, select "No"
  6. Click "Add to Project" to return to the project screen
  7. Your document will appear on the right hand side - No pricing information will appear if royalties are not charged

Adding Your Own Content (for which royalty is required)

  1. To add your files, select PDF or Word Doc from your desktop or the web and click appropriate button
  2. To upload a document from your computer, click "Choose File"
  3. A dialog box will ask you to select the desired file
  4. Remember to name the document in "Section Title"
  5. The Royalty box allows you to ask for assistance with royalty collection from XanEdu. If you are uploading files for which there is a royalty, select "Yes"
  6. Click the first option to obtain assistance collecting royalty payments
  7. Submit your publication and payment details
  8. Click "Add to Project" to return to the project screen
  9. Your document will appear on the right hand side with pricing information related to the requested royality charge

Adding Other Content That Requires Permissions or Royalty Fees

  1. To add your files, select PDF or Word Doc and click appropriate button
  2. To upload a document from your computer, click "Choose File"
  3. A dialog box will ask you to select the desired file
  4. Remember to name the document in "Section Title"
  5. If you are uploading files that require a royalty, select "Yes"
  6. Click the second option to obtain assistance collecting royalty payments
  7. Complete the publication information so XanEdu can search Copyright Clearance Center and obtain permissions
  8. A list of corresponding items from the Copyright Clearance database will display - look through then and find the best possible match - if you need more details on any item - click it and you'll see more details
  9. Click "Check Permissions" and XanEdu will find out if clearance can be provided through this mechanism
  10. In the event that XanEdu cannot provide copyright clearance, you may select alternative content or contact the copyright owner directly
  11. Click "Add to Project" to return to the project screen
  12. Your document will appear on the right hand side with pricing information related to the requested royalty charge

Adding Content from the Web

  1. Open a browser window or tab and access the site that has the content you desire
  2. Using their search or other look-up ability navigate your way to the specific article that you want
  3. Highlight and copy the site address (or URL)
  4. Back in the XanEdu Customization Platform window - Click the "add Web Content" button
  5. Paste the selected address (URL) into the 'Page Address URL' box
  6. Give the selected web content a Section Title - this text will appear in the Table of Contents for your book
  7. Select the appropriate royalty box that will assist with copyright clearance or royalty collection - this works in a similar manner to the sections above
    • If you have selected content that is not in the public domain, click "Yes" so copyright clearance can be performed
    • In many cases, XanEdu knows the site and will automatically apply the proper royalties
    • In some cases, the site may be unknown and you will need to assist in finding the site within our clearance database
  8. Successful copyright clearances will add the Web Content to your book and pricing information will appear on the running price on the right

Adding Content from a Blog

  1. Click the "add Blog" button
  2. Click the appropriate blog platform button
  3. For Blogger blogs - type the URL address for your blog entry then click "Submit". For TypePad or Wordpress blogs - you'll need to sign in using your author name and password
  4. Select the appropriate options to present blog content, then click "Submit"

Organizing or Reorganizing Course Contents

Organizing material is simple. Just go to the right hand side of the page showing the existing contents - then using the up/down arrow indicators on each item, simply drag the item to the desired location.

Completing My Custom Book

You may choose to complete your course all at once or you may return to the XanEdu Customization Platform and complete your project in several sittings, whichever is most convenient for you.

Reviewing My Custom Book and Making Final Changes

Once you have all of your content selected, take the following steps to create your custom book.

  1. On the XanEdu Customization Platform project page, complete class details by confirming Course Name, Instructor Name, and Start and End Dates
  2. Select cover options next from existing Design Choices or use the optional feature of importing your own cover by selecting "Choose File"
  3. Click "Create My Book Now"
  4. You will see a dialog box indicating that your book is being created
  5. Once your book is created, it will appear in a pop-up window showing a preview of your book along with pricing information. Please note that it may take a few seconds for your pages to render - this will be displayed as a spinning icon, and indicates normal operation.
  6. The buttons along the bottom of the window allow you to scroll through your book reviewing materials
  7. If you would like to make changes, click "Make a Change" at top right hand corner
  8. This will return you to the project page where you were
  9. When you are satisfied with your selections, or if you just want to see your book at that point, click "Create My Book Now"
  10. You will see the pop-up box with your revised custom book with new pricing and contents depending on your selections

Completing My Custom Book

  1. When you are satisfied with your book, click "Confirm Completed Book" at top right hand corner
  2. Once you've completed a book, it's ready for your students to purchase.
  3. Provide the Student Access Link by copying the URL and pasting it into an email or your college's learning management system.
  4. To make it easy for you - use the "Copy" button under the address, it will copy the URL to your clipboard for later use.
  5. To see all of your completed books, click on My Completed Books on the right hand side of the top navigation bar.

Saving My Custom Book without Finalizing (you want to add more contents later)

  1. At the bottom left-hand side of the projects page click "Save" without creating a book.
  2. You will get a dialog box that tells you your data has been saved. Now you may log-off or create custom materials for another course.

Returning to AP and Finding My Custom Book Project(s)

  1. Simply login to the XanEdu Customization Platform and the system will provide a list of existing projects
  2. Select the desired project or start a new project

How Do I Order a Desk Copy?

You receive access to a digital file of your custom book once you've activated the custom book (by entering a start date.) This serves as your desk copy.

Part II: The Student Experience

Depending on your choice of format students will be directed to their bookstore (for print copies provided by your implant) or to the XanEdu Customization Platform web site (for purchase of a digital file that can be downloaded onto two devices.) Other options are described below in Part III.

Providing Students with the Custom Book URL

  1. The instructor provides the URL to students through an email or other means, e.g. by posting the URL to the college's learning management system (See Completing My Custom Book" in the Instructor section.)

Student Steps to Obtain the Custom Book, if Direct from the XanEdu Customization Platform

  1. The student copies and pastes this URL into a browser window
  2. The student selects their choice of format options Softcover Book with Digital File Preview OR just Digital File Format, Add to Cart
  3. A Shopping Cart window appears so they may confirm their order, Click Continue to Checkout
  4. An order summary appears, Click Next
  5. Complete Billing Information, Click Next
  6. Review Order and Check Out then click Place My Order
  7. An Order Receipt appears with an order number, click Print Page for your records

Part III: XanEdu Customization Platform and Your Bookstore & Institution

The platform offers various distribution options for both print and digital materials.