Digital Textbook Access
The two main goals of Digital Textbook Access
- Reduce the overall cost of course materials
- Provide access to the digital resources on the first day of class to support academic achievement
The Process is Simple:
- When an instructor decides to include the use of an e-text or interactive courseware platform in their curriculum, discount pricing is negotiated for the Digital Textbook Access program.
- Students are notified prior to the start of classes, by email that their course is using the Digital Textbook Access model.
- Access is provided automatically for every student enrolled in the course on the first day of class.
- Students can access the digital resources for 2 weeks at no charge, during which time they can opt out if they choose.
- Students who choose to use and continue to access their digital resources will have the digital textbook access charges billed to their student account (LORIS).
- Students who drop the course prior to the opt out deadline are automatically opted out and are not billed.
Why we did it & Why it works
- The price of printed textbooks has increased astronomically over the last 10 years, surpassing almost all other economic indexes.
- An alarming percentage of students choose to forego acquiring their course materials altogether, putting their academic success at risk.
- Over the last 7 years, the Digital Textbook Access program at Laurier has saved students over $10 million.
- The Digital Textbook Access program offers students 40-55% lower pricing than the equivalent price for print.
Benefits to Faculty
- No restraint on academic freedom. Instructors choose the content.
- Ability to manage content and even include their own in some platforms.
- Students can begin online homework assignments on the first day of class.
- Instructor analytics on student engagement and success are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Digital Textbook Access is the system used to provide the access and billing when an instructor uses digital content in their course. Access is provided through MyLearningSpace on the first day of class and the digital textbook access cost is billed to the student’s account after the 10th day of classes.
Interactive courseware is much more than just an e-book. While platforms like Mastering, Mindtap and Connect typically include a full digital text, they have an added interactive content including videos, interactive quizzes, homework sets designed to make the reading more engaging. Various levels of customization are allowed in the event the instructor would like to share notes peer to peer.
The publisher provides us with the lowest possible price for the digital resources. The pricing varies depending on the platform and content used by the instructor, but Digital Textbook Access prices are on average 40 – 55% lower the cost of a new printed text.
The process for accessing resources is different for the various resources and publishers. For publisher specific information, please refer to the Vendor section further down this page.
For Vital Source Bookshelf resources:
You will find access to the digital resources in your course on MyLearningSpace. The access and instructions are in the Content section.
Be sure to download your Digital Textbook, which is the required resource for your course. Follow these easy steps:
There are a number of advantages to using the Bookshelf e-reader:
If your course is not using the Bookshelf e-reader, contact email@example.com
It is the responsibility of all students (Laurier, University of Waterloo etc.) who are registered in a Laurier Digital Textbook Access course to monitor their @mylaurier.ca email account for information relating to their DTA course and opting out.
Charges for the digital resources will be applied to your Laurier LORIS account and must be paid through Laurier.
The charges for the digital resources will be billed to your student account (LORIS) after the opt-out deadline. Students who opt out or drop the course by the opt-out deadline are not billed.
If you wish to opt back in after the opt out deadline, email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be advised based on timing whether this is possible. If it is before the deadline, you can opt yourself back in through the student portal in the emails we have sent you or through the widget in MyLearningSpace.
Students who drop the course during the normal drop period for the course will be automatically “opted out” and your student account will not be charged.
Please email the Digital Textbook Access team at email@example.com for assistance.
The deadline to opt out is the 10th day of instruction regardless of the add date. A welcome email is sent to your Laurier email account on the day you enrol in the course to inform you that you are in a digital textbook access course and to advise of the opt out deadline.
All students enrolled in courses associated with Digital Textbook Access receive a Welcome email and two subsequent emails with opt out information from the system, sent to their Laurier email address. If you have not received the email(s) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your question wasn't answered in this FAQ, please email email@example.com and the Digital Textbook Access team will be happy to assist you.
Should you require further information, please contact:
The Digital Textbook Access Team at firstname.lastname@example.org