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How do I link to my VitalSource eTextbook with my course?

You will learn how to use the External tool to create a link for your students to view the Titan Direct Access (also called VitalSource) eTextbook you have selected for your course.

Follow these steps to add a link to the course etextbook.

I have a regular TITANium course.

1. Enter your course in TITANium.

Course main page

2. Click on the Gear icon.

gear icon is selected.

3. Select Turn editing on.

The Gear menu reveals the following links: Edit settings, Turn editing on, Filters, Gradebook setup, Outcomes, Backup, Restore, Import, Recycle bin, Reset, and More...

Turn editing on is selected.

4. Click on Add activity or resource.

Add activity or resource

5. Select External tool.

External tool is selected.

6. Click on Add.

Add button is selected.
Activity name field

8. Select 'VitalSource' from the drop down list.

VitalSource is selected.

9. Click on Show more.

Show more link is selected.

10. Select New Window under Launch container.

New window is selected.

11. Select None for grade Type.

Note: The External tool will create a gradebook column for this item. However, select None if you do not want points in the gradebook to be associated with this External tool. If you do want a gradebook column with points, select Scale or Point accordingly. Then, type a value for the maximum grade.

Tip: To hide this item from students in the Gradebook (a good idea if there is no grade associated with it), follow this guide on how to hide a grade item.

None is selected.

12. Click on Save and return to course.

Save and return to course button.
external tool link

When students click on the link, a new window will open and the student will be able to view the eTextbook for this course after they register.

Bookshelf welcome page
I have a custom-named course or a merged enrollment course.

Follow these steps to obtain the vbid code for your Titan Direct Access/VitalSource etextbook, if you are using a custom-named course in TITANium or a merged enrollment course in TITANium.

NOTE: If you have merged enrollments from two or more courses, you may need to repeat this process for each section.

1. Login to the CSUF Portal.

Open your web browser and navigate to my.fullerton.edu. Type in your username and password as you normally would.

fullerton home page.

2. Locate the My Courses block.

 My Courses block

3. Click on Add to TTITANium.

You have a direct link to your etextbook (by clicking on View EBook) and the link for the vbid code. By clicking on Add to TITANium, the vbid code will be revealed.

Add to TTITANium is selected.

4. Click on Copy to Clipboard.

You have now located your vbid code for that specific course.

This code will be different for every course and every term you teach.  

 Copy to Clipboard

5. Enter your course in TITANium.

Course main page

6. Click on the Gear icon.

gear icon is selected.

7. Select Turn editing on.

The Gear menu reveals the following links: Edit settings, Turn editing on, Filters, Gradebook setup, Outcomes, Backup, Restore, Import, Recycle bin, Reset, and More...

Turn editing on is selected.

8. Click on Add activity or resource.

Add activity or resource

9. Select External tool.

External tool is selected.

10. Click on Add.

Add button is selected.
Activity name field

12. Select Custom VBID VitalSource.

Note: The name of this preconfigured tool is different if you have a custom-named course.

Custom VBID VitalSource is selected.

13. Click on Show more.

Show more link is selected.

14. Select New window.

new window is selected.

15. Paste the vbid code into the Custom parameters field.

The vbid code is a series of numbers which will be used to  create a link between your course and your etextbook. This will connect  you and your students directly to your eTextbook without further login.

So, within the Custom parameters textbox, paste (or type) the vbid code you obtained from the My Courses block of your portal. You will have a code formatted like vbid=55555555555555 but will have different numbers.

Custom parameters field is selected.

16. Select None for grade.

None is selected.

17. Click on Save and return to course.

Save and display button is selected.
external tool link

19. Student view.

When students click on the link, a new window will open and the student will be able to view the eTextbook for this course after they register.

Bookshelf welcome page

Article Summary

You have now learned how to use the External tool in TITANium to create a link to your eTextbook for your students.  

Remember, this process will need to be completed for each section of the course you teach. And, it will need to be repeated every new term.