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Canvas - Access FlatWorld Textbook External Tool (Instructor)

This article covers how to access the FlatWorld Textbook tool within Canvas.

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Written by Xavier
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Please Note: In order to use the FlatWorld Textbook tool, the integration needs to be configured in coordination with your Canvas Admin.

Accessing the FlatWorld Textbook Tool

Inside your Canvas course shell, navigate to the Modules section. Within the Module where you want to embed a link to your textbook, click the plus symbol ("+") to access the Add Item window.

Select the External Tool option from the dropdown menu in the Add Item window, and then click on the FlatWorld Textbooks option.

Please note:

Your FlatWorld integration will be titled FlatWorld Textbooks if your school is using LTI 1.1. If your school is using LTI 1.3, the tool would appear as 'FlatWorld'.

After selecting FlatWorld Textbooks, you will be directed to the Link Resource from External Tool window where you can Search for your textbook by ISBN, or Browse for it in our Catalog.

Once you select your course textbook, you can use the Link Book button to create a link to the textbook.

The Link to this chapter option allows you to link to a specific chapter.

Selecting the Section will embed a link to the particular section of the book in your LMS.

After selecting what you want to embed using the FlatWorld Textbooks tool, click on the Add Item button to embed the textbook link into your Canvas course. Make sure that the "Load in a New Tab" option is selected, as well.

IMPORTANT: CLICK THE ADD ITEM BUTTON. Do not click out of the window, or you will undo all of your work and the textbook link will not be available.

The link to the textbook is now active, and clicking on it will take you and your students to the textbook within our online reader platform in a new window.


Do students need to purchase online access to the course textbook in order to access my textbook links?

Yes, students will need to have online access to your course textbook to access the links to the textbook within your course.

I am/my students are seeing an error message that reads " refused to connect." What does that mean?

This means that the link was not created to launch in a new tab or window. Click on the three vertical dots next to the link to pull up the settings. Check off the "Load in a New Tab" option, and the textbook links will no longer cause the error.

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