Inclusive access is where digital course materials are included as an additional course charge for a particular course or program.
Inclusive access course materials may include, but are not limited to, e-textbooks which are digital versions of the physical book, and digital content that has supplemental material over the physical textbook (such as videos, simulations, and interactive software).
Benefits of Inclusive Access Materials
- easy and convenient for you to use
- provides you an affordable option by offering you prices below market value
- supports your success by ensuring you are prepared for the first day of class with all your required materials
- accessible through the internet, so they go where you go on most major consumer devices
- you can use your financial aid to cover the cost of inclusive access course materials
Accessing Inclusive Access Course Materials
Once the course is opened by the instructor, you will be able to access your digital course materials through your Learning Management System. You will have access to the required materials by the first day of class. First-time users may need to create an account with the publisher providing the course material.
Opting Out of Inclusive Access Course Materials
You may be able to opt-out of the inclusive access digital course materials. However, if you opt-out, you should obtain alternative access to the course materials, as you are still responsible for completing all work assigned by your instructor. You are not able to opt out when the inclusive access materials are not available elsewhere or accessible from sources other than those provided or authorized by the institution.
- Click the "Course Materials" link in your Brightspace course.
- Select "Opt-Out" at the top of the page and complete the steps that follow.
A credit to your student account will be processed for opt-out requests received by the 10% point of the course. If you drop the course before the first day of the term, you will automatically be "opted out," and the charge will be credited to your account. If you drop the course on or after the first day of the term but before the 10% point of the course, you will have to opt-out of the program, and a credit to the your account will be processed. There are no refunds if you drop after the 10% point of the course.
If you accidentally opt out and still need access, you can opt back in — options to opt-in and opt-out are available up until the 10% point of the course. If you forget to opt out and miss the deadline, you may get a refund up to to the 10% point of the course. After the 10% point of the course, there are no refunds.
If you want a physical copy of the textbook, optional loose-leaf print books may be available, depending on the course. Visit the campus bookstore or Barnes & Noble College online for more information.
Inclusive Access Costs
When you register for a course that utilizes inclusive access materials, Central Piedmont automatically adds the cost of the inclusive access materials as a charge on your student account. Courses that utilize inclusive access materials will state so in their section notes. If you repeat a course that utilizes inclusive access materials within the same semester, the fee will be credited.