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Inclusive Access

At Elizabethtown College, We’re Bringing Course Content into the 21st Century!

Elizabethtown College is excited to announce its new format for your course materials! We are transitioning into a new, digital format called Inclusive Access. The Elizabethtown College Store’s Inclusive Access program has been patterned after hundreds of successful programs at colleges & universities around the country. Inclusive Access converts physical course materials into instantly accessible, totally interactive, and adaptive digital content, while reducing the cost to students. In short, this textbook model improves access and affordability to course materials for the 21st century.

Main Goals:

  • Reducing the cost of course materials.
  • Improving educational outcomes for students.
  • Increasing the sustainability of course materials.

Accessing your IA materials demonstration video:

  • Students are sent an email to their email account on file with the Elizabethtown College Registrar before classes begin with instructions on how to access their digital course material content. They’re able to access the content through their Canvas dashboard by the first day of class. Please see the demonstration video (Put out by UCLA) for step-by-step instructions on accessing IA material


What is Inclusive Access?

The Inclusive Access program is a new textbook model in collaboration with Faculty, the Elizabethtown College Store and top publishers. All students in a class buy into the content, lowering the cost for everyone. All students in that class also get digital access to the content on the first day and won’t be billed for it until after the Opt-Out deadline. The digital content can also include Interactive Learning Platforms (Courseware).

What is an Interactive or Adaptive Learning Platform?

Interactive Learning Platforms, or ILPs, are much more than just e-books. They are interactive software platforms, or Courseware, developed to provide an enhanced learning experience beyond reading the text. They may include multi-media video and audio presentations, animation, adaptive quizzes, and homework sets which link directly to the related section of text when incorrect answers are given. They also allow for various levels of customization by the instructor, peer-to-peer sharing of notes, and the creation of digital flashcards that can be used with smartphone apps.

How much does Inclusive Access cost?

The price varies depending upon the course materials chosen by the instructor, but most Inclusive Access prices are lower than the cost to access the material directly through the publisher or comparable options widely available in the marketplace. Access cost information by viewing your course’s Compare page on the Elizabethtown College Store website

How will I get my access?

If your instructor is using Inclusive Access, you are already enrolled. You will be notified via email prior to the start of class. IA materials will be available on your Canvas page.

How do I pay for my access?

The access is free during the Opt-Out period for the course. After that deadline, all enrolled students who have not opted out of the program or dropped the course will have the discounted price billed to their student account. No waiting in line with heavy, expensive books!

What does it mean to opt-out?

If you do not wish to participate in Inclusive Access, you must opt out of the program online before the Opt-Out deadline, which is the add/drop deadline. If you opt out by the deadline given, access to the online content will be turned off and you will not be billed. Access the opt out option from your Canvas page.

I did not opt out, but I did not register my access or use the online platform. Will I still be billed?

Yes. All students who are enrolled in a course using Inclusive Access are automatically part of the program. To avoid being billed you must opt out online before the Opt-Out deadline

I dropped the course. Do I still need to opt out?

Students who drop the course before the Opt-Out deadline will automatically be “opted out” and will not be billed. Students who drop after the Opt-Out deadline should contact the Elizabethtown College Store within 7 days regarding exceptions (handled on a case-by-case basis) and any potential refund in store or at [email protected].

I forgot to opt out and missed the deadline. Can I get a refund now?

Once the Opt-Out deadline has passed, the only option for a retroactive refund is with documented withdrawal from the class within 7 days. Please stop by the store or email the Course Materials Manager at [email protected] for information on requesting a refund.

I opted out of Inclusive Access for my course, but I want back in.

No problem! If you are within the add/drop period, you can opt back in on your own through your Canvas page. If it is after the add/drop deadline send us an email at [email protected] and let us know your name, course information, and that you want to rescind your opt-out. We’ll take care of the rest.

Who should I contact if I am having trouble with access to the online content?

If students have issues with accessing the materials, we ask students to contact their Professor first to confirm professors have made the content available to students in their Canvas page. We ask students to use a web browser like Chrome or Firefox (DO NOT use Safari), and to make sure their pop-up blockers are off. If they still have issues, please direct them to the Bookstore or contact [email protected] for further assistance.

I have further questions that were not addressed. Who do I contact?

If your question wasn’t answered in this FAQ, please contact [email protected] for more information.


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