Direct Access to Digital Course Materials

"Direct Access" is program that allows students immediate access to purchase discounted course materials in a digital format on day one of classes via Blackboard. 

What are the Benefits?

  • Immediate access to course materials
    • Studies show students that obtain their course materials early do better than other students who forego or delay purchasing
  • Significantly reduced pricing compared to the purchase of a printed textbook
  • Sustainability in terms of paper utilization versus printed materials

How do students enroll or pay?

  • If it is available for your class, you will be able to purchase your digital access via Blackboard on day one of classes.

What if I purchased or rented a printed textbook?

  • If you purchased or rented from the UIC Bookstore and decide you want to opt-in to the digital format, you can get a refund on the print by the add/drop deadline.

Isn’t Direct Access just another course fee?

  • A course fee is a mandatory charge once you register for classes. Direct Access is not a course fee.
  • Direct Access is completely optional, and it is your CHOICE to “opt-in” if you would like to purchase the digital access
    • Not to be confused with “subscribing and opting out” like with Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime

Why isn’t my class in the program?

  • Direct Access is a new program with select classes
  • If successful, the program will expand to more titles soon

If you are a faculty member interested in offering digital course materials and participating in the program, please contact Sara Didio at [email protected]