TEXTBOOK ADOPTERS-First Day Access Agreement

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The First Day Access program is a new textbook model in collaboration with top publishers that converts books into digital content. All students enrolled in a class buy into the content, lowering the cost for everyone.

Benefits for Faculty

  • Prices are negotiated and vary depending upon the course materials chosen by the instructor, but are lower than competitive market rates
  • First Day Access of Course Materials
  • Seamless Integration
  • Consistent User Experience Across All Devices
  • Courseware Features to Enhance Teaching
  • Over 700,000 Digital Titles Available
  • Collaboration with 400+ Publishers

How First Day Access Works

First Day Access delivers the lowest cost publisher content to your students.  As we move forward with this new digital model of content delivery, it is important that all instructors in the program provide a consistent and seamless access point for materials across all courses.  

Blackboard Instructions

As a First Day Access course, your digital content is available to students the day the course begins via a link in Blackboard deployed in your course shell. This link will be deployed by Information Technology and will be ready for student use the moment you make your course available to students. This link is the access point for First Day Access materials and where students will go to opt-out of course materials. 

  • IT will deploy a link in your Blackboard shell course menu entitled First Day Access.  Although the order of the link can be rearranged in the course menu, this link CANNOT be removed! This link will be the portal for access to course materials and the opt-out link.
  •  As a First Day Access course, it is imperative that you make your Blackboard course available to students by the first day of classes.  The opt-out period for First Day Access materials mirrors the 100% refund policy – students MUST be given until the end of the University's 100% refund period to opt-out.  Their student accounts will be charged as soon as the opt-out window closes.
    • To make your course available in Blackboard, go to Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Make Course Available > Yes > Submit.
  • If you have digital content via Cengage, Pearson’s, etc. that gives an access code as part of the materials you have chosen, please make sure to deploy that access point under the First Day Access link as well. This will provide a consistent process for students to access digital materials.

Syllabus Instructions

We encourage you to be consistent with language usage (please call these materials First Day Access) as you help your students through the process. Please review the steps below to ensure we are creating a clear and consistent process for students.

  • Please appropriately communicate this information to your students via email and by including the prepared syllabus statement (see attached) on your syllabus.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the First Day Access Team (firstdayaccess@usi.edu) and they will work to quickly resolve any issues.

Need Help?

Please contact firstdayaccess@usi.edu for an immediate response.


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