Immediate Access Course Materials

Immediate Access Course Materials

Introduction

The Immediate Access Course Materials tool instructs students on how to access digital courseware and/or VitalSource ebook.

It allows students to opt out of the Immediate Access program should they choose to do so during the first 10 days of class (5 days for 8-week courses).

Getting Started

Instructor Resources

Preparing to use Immediate Access Course Materials

The Immediate Access Course Materials tool can be found inside Canvas. Go to Canvas, then complete the following steps at least 2 weeks before the semester begins:

  1. Navigate to your course or create a new one using the instructions to “Create a new Canvas course shell” on the Prepare to Teach page.
    1. This step will connect the Registrar section to your Canvas shell. If you are using a course created via the Request a New Course Shell form, you will need to add a section to an existing course shell.
    2. The result of this action is that students will be enrolled in the Canvas course. If the students are not enrolled they will not be able to access the digital content through the Immediate Access tool. Students will not see the course until you choose to publish it but you must link the Registrar sections to your Canvas course.
    3. Completing these steps in a timely manner will ensure that the required digital content will be available to the students on the first day of class. Waiting until a few days before classes start may result in students not being granted Immediate Access to the materials.
  2. Enable the Immediate Access Course Materials link.
    1. Within your course, locate and click on the Settings link at the bottom of the course navigation on the left side of the screen.
    2. Click the Navigation tab at the top of the screen.
    3. Scroll down to find Immediate Access Course Materials in the list of hidden navigation items, click the three-dots, and select Enable.

    4. Ensure Immediate Access Course Materials is now located in the top group of enabled navigation items and drag the link higher to make it easier for students to locate.
    5. Click Save at the bottom of the screen. Below is an example of what the Immediate Access Course Materials tool will look like on your Canvas navigation menu.
  3. Verify the Immediate Access Course Materials connection.
    1. One week before classes start, click on the Immediate Access Course Materials link inside your Canvas course. If you see VitalSource content then you have successfully connected your Canvas course to the Immediate Access Course Materials.
    2. Prior to one week before classes start, clicking the link is expected to result in an error message. VitalSource is still working on activating all of the Immediate Access links.
    3. Questions and issues can be emailed to immediateaccess@iastate.edu.

Syllabus Information

Add the statement below to your syllabus.

This course is enrolled in the Iowa State University Immediate Access Program.  

What is Immediate Access?
Immediate Access is a collaborative affordability initiative between the ISU Book Store, faculty, and publishers. Students that are enrolled in an Immediate Access course will receive access to all required digital course materials the first day of class and at a reduced cost compared to the national average.  

 

What is the title and price of the required content for this course?
This information is posted in your student booklist through Access Plus, or it can be accessed by going to www.isubookstore.com/textbooks and searching by the course for which you are enrolled.  

 

How is Immediate Access billed?
You will be automatically charged on your u-bill for this digital content. The billing description on your u-bill will show the department and course number, followed by “IMMED ACCESS” and the last 4 digits of the billing ISBN. The following is an example of the billing description for a student enrolled in PSYCH 101: PSYCH 101 IMMED ACCESS 2187  

 

What if I drop the course?
Students who drop the course within the first 10 days of class will receive a refund on their u-bill (5 days for courses 8 weeks or shorter).You do not have to notify the bookstore if you drop the courseThis is an automated process. 

 

Can I opt out of Immediate Access?
Students may choose to opt out of the program. Opting out does not mean you are dropping the course. It simply means you are choosing not to receive the digital content from the bookstore and you must find another way to acquire it in order to complete required homework assignments. Students have within the first 10 days of class to opt out and receive a refund to their u-bill (5 days for courses 8 weeks or shorter). Instructions on how to opt out will be emailed shortly before classes start. 

 

How do I access the required digital content?
There is a tool on the navigation menu of your Canvas course called Immediate Access Course MaterialsYou will receive an email shortly before classes start that will instruct you on how to access the required digital course materialsYou may not be able to access the digital content until the first day of class.  

 

 For further questions about Immediate Access please email immediateaccess@iastate.edu. 

Student Resources

Using Immediate Access Course Materials

 You will receive an email shortly before classes start that will instruct you on how to access and use the required digital course materials. Additional information can be found in your course syllabus.

Note: You may not be able to access the digital content until the first day of class.  

Getting Help

For further questions about Immediate Access please email immediateaccess@iastate.edu. 

 Training

Iowa State is now using eBooks accessed by the VitalSource Bookshelf Reader for immediate access content needs. Instructors have access to books and student engagement data in a tool called Instructor Dashboard.

On May 12, 2021, a virtual training was held for ISU faculty, covering the topics below.

  • Instructor Dashboard: Accessing instructor dashboard and engagement data
  • Bookshelf Reader: Navigation, features and study tools

Unable to attend the live training? Watch the recording of this session. You will need to enter the password k3vv!$0. in order to access the recording.

Licensing

Iowa State University has purchased Studio for use by all faculty, staff, and students at Iowa State University.