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Anyone Using RedShelf?

Our institution is exploring using RedShelf in coordination with our Bookstore for inclusive access to content and etexts.  Would love to know if anyone is using this with Canvas and share their experiences with content especially with faculty who have integrated course activities from publishers (i.e. McGraw-Hill, Cengage, Pearson).

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Hi mdthomas‌,

We are beginning usage of RedShelf this summer and are piloting with two courses.  We have 30+ courses set to join the pilot for this Fall.

I see that your original post here was just over a year ago.  In that time have you had good luck with the integration?  

We recently received an e-mail from Redshelf about the new LTI integration they developed.  We'd like to roll it out at the system level but notice that it creates a menu item by default (vs. it being off and needing to be turned on by those who use it).  Have you used this new LTI?


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costwink‌ we have been using Redshelf for about a year and it has been going very well and each semester we are growing in numbers.  We started primarily with Redshelf and McGraw-Hill and now are expanding to other publishers (Pearson, Cengage) for Fall 2018.

sssaid‌ in my office has been the point person and can talk more about the details of each of the steps we have taken to coordinate with the Bookstore (the lead department for this intiative) as well as the new LTI and how we tweaked it to making the menu item off by default.  Thanks for reaching out.

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We are using it at Frostburg State University. We had a bumpy start with it the first semester, but then this past Spring semester went a little better. I think we have all of the kinks worked out. We'll see how it goes on May 29th. When I tested it, all went well. (Fingers crossed)

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Hello Chris,

As mdthomas stated, we have been working with RedShelf for over a year now and it has been going very well. During the first semester we had only one course section participating in the Inclusive Access (IA) program with RedShelf and McGraw-Hill Connect. Our office worked very closely with the book store, McGraw-Hill and the course instructor to create the necessary instructions for students as well as a statement to be included in the syllabus for classes participating in the IA program. The new LTI integration as developed by RedShelf will add the tool link to the course navigation menu and is enabled by default. I have customized the code to disable the tool link; this way instructors participating in the program can enable the tool link as needed. In Spring 2018 semester we used the "new" LTI integration and it worked very well with no problems. 

Here are example of the instruction pages we add to participating courses:

Required Course Materials - McGraw-Hill Connect - Google Docs 

Create/Register your account with Connect - Google Docs 

Opt Out Instructions - Google Docs 

To create the customized LTI tool for RedShelf, I used the "Paste XML" option and added the XML Configuration code listed below. 

I hope you find this helpful, please let me know if you have any questions or if i can be of further assistance.

RedShelf LTI tool settings using the paste xml option

XML Configuration Code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<cartridge_basiclti_link xmlns=""
xmlns:blti = ""
xmlns:lticm =""
xmlns:lticp =""
xmlns:xsi = ""
xsi:schemaLocation = "">
<blti:title>RedShelf Course Materials</blti:title>
<blti:description>RedShelf Inclusive is a revolutionary course material delivery model. We connect students with discounted eTextbooks and other digital course materials through seamless integrations across campus systems. Our platform equips up to 100% of students and faculty with required materials on the first day of class, at the most affordable price, and provides innovative, intuitive teaching and learning tools to drive student success. Contact RedShelf @ for more information.</blti:description>
<blti:extensions platform="">
<lticm:property name="privacy_level">public</lticm:property>
<lticm:property name="domain"></lticm:property>
<lticm:options name="course_navigation">
<lticm:property name="default">disabled</lticm:property>
<lticm:property name="enabled">true</lticm:property>

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Hi Safaa,

Thank you so much for sharing this code and information.  You have just saved us a lot of time.

We are currently piloting use of Redshelf with two courses this summer.  Our pilot is growing to almost 40 sections for this fall.  Thus far we've been adding the integration on a per course basis.  With the ability to hide the menu item be default - we'll enable it at the root level and allow faculty to turn it on as needed (after working with the publisher, bookstore, etc.).

Thank you so much.