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Direct Access Program

The FCC Bookstore, in partnership with multiple publishers, has developed a program that will offer students direct access to their course materials through Blackboard.

With this program, students will have access to their materials as soon as they opt-in the program.

Direct Access converts physical course materials into instantly accessible, totally interactive and adaptive digital content for students.

The goals of this initiative are to (1) provide students with more affordable course materials, and (2) improve educational outcomes for students and enhance the student experience on a common digital platform via Blackboard.

How it works!

The Very Simple Process:

  • Students are sent an email before classes begin with instructions on how to access their digital course material content. Access to the content is through Blackboard and available before the first day of class.
  • Students enjoy free access to the content during the first two weeks of class.
  • After the free two weeks, to retain access a student needs to opt-in the program. When a student opts-in a charge will be made to their student account.
  • Register for a course at FCC. Use the course number and section to access your materials on Blackboard. Retain access until course end and beyond! The materials are yours, and many times do not expire for up to 3 years. The Direct Access program gives students everything they need to succeed, on the very first day of class.

Direct Access and Affordable Course Materials Initiative FAQ

1. What is Direct Access? The Direct Access program is a new textbook model in collaboration with publishers that converts books into digital content. All students enrolled in a class have the option to purchase the digital content. Students will not be billed unless they opt into the program. The digital content also includes Interactive Learning Platforms.

2. What is an Interactive or Adaptive Learning Platform? Interactive Learning Platforms are much more than 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, adaptive quizzes and homework, which link directly to the text. They also allow for various levels of customization by the instructor and peer-to-peer sharing of notes.

3. How much does Direct Access cost? The price varies depending upon the course materials chosen by the instructor, but most are priced at an average of 50% to 70% off the cost of a printed text.

4. How will I get my access code? If your instructor is using Direct Access, you should receive an e-mail providing you with the information for the Direct Access program and how you can opt into the program.

5. How do I pay for my access?  Students must opt into the program in order to have access to the direct access materials. For students who have opted into the program, they will have their student account charged and will retain access to their digital materials.

6. 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 you course’s content (see links below). The publisher of your content should be listed in the initial email you received about your access. If you are unable to find your publisher is, or if you are unable to get resolution from your publisher please contact the bookstore at bookstore@frederick.edu for further assistance.

*Pearson Publishing: http://247pearsoned.custhelp.com/app/contact

*McGraw-Hill Publishing: http://mpss.mhhe.com/

*Cengage Learning: http://support.cengage.com/magellanweb/TechSupport/login.aspx

7. 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 and paid for access, you can log in with your original account and simply assign your new course ID to access the homework.

8. I added the class late. Do I still have 10 days before being billed? Billing begins on the 11th day of class. If you added the class on the ninth day or later, you will have 48 hours (two days) to decide to opt into the Direct Access program.

9. I didn’t get an email about my course, but other students in my class did. Was I sent an email? All enrolled and wait-listed students are emailed about the program. If it is not in a spam folder or was accidentally deleted, email the bookstore at bookstore@frederick.edu for access instructions.

10. I have further questions that were not addressed. Who do I contact? If your question wasn’t answered in the FAQ, please email bookstore@frederick.edu for more information.

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