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First Day Access


First Day Access converts physical course materials into instantly accessible, totally interactive and adaptive digital content, while drastically reducing the cost to students. The Rocker Shop has upgraded our textbook model to improve access and affordability with 21st century tools.

    Two Main Goals
  • Reducing the cost of course materials.
  • Improving educational outcomes for students.
    The Process is Simple
  • Students are able to access the content through D2L on the first day of class.
  • Students enjoy free access to the content through the University's Add/Drop deadline.
  • In order to retain access after the Add/Drop deadline, students simply do nothing; a charge is conveniently billed to the student’s university account (SDePay).
  • If students choose to opt out, they can do so easily via a registrar link before the University's Add/Drop deadline; access is turned off and no charge is assessed.

First Day Access is much less expensive than other options; because of the increased buy-in from students in a class offering First Day Access, publishers are willing to negotiate much lower prices than they are for print materials. It also gives students convenient day-one access to course content, and allows them to experience more interactive and adaptive digital content that has been shown to improve educational outcomes. In addition, it gives faculty members the freedom to better tailor their course materials, and they still have full academic freedom to choose the texts they want for their classes.

    Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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 developed to provide an enhanced learning experience beyond reading the text. They may include multi-media video and audio presentations and animation, and 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 you can use with smartphone apps.
  • How much does First Day Access cost?
    • The price varies depending upon the course materials chosen by the instructor, but most First Day Access prices are lower than the cost to access the material direct through the publisher, and average 50% to 70% off the cost of the printed text.
  • How will I get my access code?
    • If your instructor is using First Day Access, you are already enrolled. You will be notified via email prior to the start of class with access instructions and information on opting out. This information may also be provided in the instructor’s syllabus.
  • How do I pay for my access?
    • The access is free until the University's Add/Drop deadline. 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 a heavy, expensive book!
  • What does it mean to opt-out?
    • If you do not wish to participate in First Day Access, you have until the University's Add/Drop deadline to opt out of the program online (the opt-out procedure will be outlined in your emailed information). If you opt out by the deadline, access to the online content will be turned off and you will not be billed.
  • I opted out by mistake and realized that I still need my access. Can I opt back in?
    • Yes! You are able to opt back in to First Day Access before the University's Add/Drop deadline.
  • 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 First Day Access are automatically considered part of the program. To avoid being billed you must opt out online before the University's Add/Drop deadline.
  • I dropped the course. Do I still need to opt out?
    • Students who drop the course by the University's Add/Drop deadline will automatically be “opted out” and will not be billed.
  • I forgot to opt out and missed the deadline. Can I get a refund now?
    • Once billing has been completed, the only option for a retroactive refund is with documented withdrawal.
  • I am wait-listed for the course. Will I still have access to the digital course material and do I need to opt out if I don’t get into the course?
    • All enrolled and wait-listed students have access to the content on day one of class. If you are dropped from the wait-list without getting in, you will automatically be opted out.
  • Who should I contact if I am having trouble with access to the online content?
    • First, try the online help desk of the publisher for your course’s content. The publisher of your content should be listed in the initial email you received about your inclusion in First Day Access. If you need additional assistant, contact the Rocker Shop.
  • I already have access to the online platform from a previous course. Can I continue without paying twice?
    • If you are in a continuing series course (for example, if you took PHY 9A and paid for access, and you are now taking PHY 9B and your access is still good), you can log in with your original account and simply assign your new course ID to access the homework. If your current section does not require the homework, you can still use the platform’s self-study tools and do not need a new course ID.
  • I added the class late. When is my payment due?
    • Your bill will be due at time of registration. Contact the Cashier's Office to pay or make payment arrangements.
  • I didn’t get an email about my course, but other students in my class did. Was I sent an email?
    • All enrolled students are emailed about the program.
  • I have further questions that were not addressed. Who do I contact?
    • If your question wasn’t answered in this FAQ, please email Jennifer, for more information.
  • Updated as of 06/2018