Sage Catalyst Guide: Setting up your module in Talis Elevate
This quick guide will give an overview of making use of the Talis Elevate platform, from setting up a module to adding Sage textbooks to share with your students.
Step 1: Talis Elevate Set Up
Sign up to use Talis Elevate to start teaching with Sage Catalyst. Fill in this form, press ‘submit’, and the team will be in touch to set you up.
Step 2: Login
Navigate to the Talis Elevate homepage elevate.talis.com, and enter your institution name to log in.
Step 3: Create your module
From your Talis account, click on the ‘Create Module’ button on the right of the screen. Fill out your module details on the next screen.
Add all the details for your module, and make sure the module code is the same that’s shown on your VLE for easy access when your institution integrates Talis Elevate with your VLE. This can be changed at any time.
Once ready, click ‘save’, and your new module will be added to your drop-down menu.
Step 4: Add chapters from your Sage textbooks via the Discovery Layer webpage
Go to your institution’s dedicated discovery layer webpage. You can find your unique link on the faculty customer hub. Search by title, author, ISBN, or browse by discipline and subdiscipline. Click on the textbook you wish to add to the module you have created.
A ‘Find a Module’ box will pop up with all the modules you have created on your account. Select the module of choice and click on ‘Add to module’.
All done! Click on ‘view resource’, and you will be redirected to your Talis account, where the chapter is now available!
Once on your Talis Elevate account, select the module you have just added the content into, and the details will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. You can edit it or remove it at any time.
Step 5: Share resources on your VLE
You can share individual resources or your whole module. To share a resource, click on the ellipsis icon next to the resource title, where you will find two options:
‘Copy resource link’ and ‘Copy resource embed code’.
Sharing a Resource Via Link:
This can be shared anywhere in your VLE via an announcement, discussion board, or an item on the content area of your VLE (most common approach).
Once the link is copied, you can add it to your VLE site as usual (normally into a link/URL area, dependent on your VLE). Whenever possible, set the link to “open in new tab” to ensure your students continue to have the VLE open in the original tab.
Sharing a Resource Via Embed Code
Embed code is an HTML code that will visually embed the resource in your VLE. You will need to edit your course HTML to do this step.
1. Go to any page with a Rich Content Editor (sometimes just called content editor)
2. Click on the HTML button (showing you the page in HTML form) and paste the embed code where you’d like it to appear on the page.
3. There might also be an option to add an embed code to your page, discussion board, or announcement page, and you just need to paste the code copied earlier.
4. Once you paste the code, you can click again on the HTML editor icon to go back to the content editor, and you will be able to see your resource on the screen!
Note that depending on the size of the frame this resource embeds in, it may show the 'preview' of the resource rather than the full resource embedded. This is to ensure a user has a good experience navigating and engaging with the resource.
Step 6: Set your reading preferences & navigate the text easily
Click on the title, and select the read with Sage Catalyst option. Click on the chapter you'd like to access, and it will open in the Catalyst eReader where you can choose from several features focused on improving accessibility.
Click on the settings button in the left-hand corner to change the font size, and set your background colour and font preference.
To search within the text, click on the magnifying glass icon on the left-hand side and type in your search term to find it within the text, or navigate between chapters by clicking on the table of contents icon below the magnifying glass.
Step 7: Add comments or questions directly to the resource
Faculty and students can ask questions, make comments, reply, and tag each other – or post their comments anonymously, encouraging student participation and class discussion.
Either click on the page/content or highlight a sentence or paragraph you wish to make a comment on. You can edit or delete it at any time by clicking on the ellipsis icon next to the comment. All students will be able to reply or add their own comments to engage in class discussion, as well as make their own personal notes.
Step 8: Gain insight with your analytics & module manager
Once your students start accessing your resources, you'll be able to view all student engagement analytics at student, resource, and module levels. To get analytics on a specific resource, open that content and click on the analytics icon on the top of the screen.
Click on the "Analytics" button in the upper left corner of the page to view student-level analytics.
Here you can see which students are reading and engaging with which resource, either as a summary or by individual students.
Need more support?
If you need support using the Talis Elevate app, check out the support pages on the Talis website.