Internet2/EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilot

This course is part of the Internet2/EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilot and your textbook is being provided at no cost to you.  Funding for this pilot project is made possible through USF Student Technology Fees.

What is Courseload?

Courseload is the platform for use of your e-textbook.  Courseload allows students to highlight, annotate, bookmark, and search, and also to consolidate and share study notes.

How do I find my textbook?

  • BLACKBOARD:  Log into Blackboard and access the course.  Click on Tools in the Blackboard menu on the left.  Select Basic LTI Tools.  Then click on the Courseload button.
  • CANVAS:  Access your course in Canvas.  Select Modules from the menu on the left.  Select the Etextbook Module.  Click on Courseload Tool.  Click on Load Courseload in New Window button.

The Courseload reader will open in a new tab.  You will see a listing of your own relevant course information, including course name, section number and professor. Simply click on the course you wish to access.

Minimum system requirements.

You can use any computer or device with an Internet connection and Internet Explorer 9 or later, Firefox 4 or later, Safari 4 or later, or Google Chrome 11 or later. Internet Explorer 7 and 8 users can access Courseload by installing a plugin located here:

Be sure to enable cookies and allow pop-ups.

Is the content accessible for students with disabilities? 

Students in need of academic accommodations for a disability should notify their instructor.  Arrangements for appropriate accommodations will be made.

When is it available?

Courseload is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the possible exception of 5am-6am EST daily for maintenance. Courseload will notify USF if maintenance beyond that time is necessary.

Can I print from the text?

Yes.  Use the “Print” icon in the left panel of the Courseload screen. The page numbers you enter in the print dialog window will match the actual textbook pages you want to print. You can print up to 50 pages at one time. You can print more than 50 pages overall, but you must initiate a new print request by clicking on the “Print” icon for each set of 50 pages.

What if I want a print copy of the textbook?

From within Courseload, on the resource menu on the left, click on “Prefer a printed copy for an additional cost?”  A new tab will open where you will be able to purchase a black and white, loose-leaf, three-hole punched copy of your textbook. The price of this version will be about $30 or less, including shipping.  Your copy should arrive within 7 – 10 calendar days.

What happens if I need more help?

Once in the Courseload reader, there is a Help link located in the upper right-hand corner (blue, next to your name) which will open a Courseload Help screen in a new tab.  Here you will find documentation explaining the Courseload reader’s features including tutorial videos.  You can also access this information from outside the Courseload platform at:

Personal assistance with Courseload is provided by USF’s IT Help Desk. They are available at (813) 974-1222.  Options for contacting IT Help Desk are listed here. If they are unable to resolve the difficulty, they will collect and record the details of the problem and alert the Courseload system administrators on your behalf.