Inclusive Access

Bringing Course Content into the 21st Century

The Wildcat Shop’s Inclusive Access program has been very well received by those students who have used it. Inclusive Access converts physical course materials into instantly accessible, totally interactive and adaptive digital content, while drastically reducing the cost to students. In fact, we do not adopt inclusive access courses unless they beat the cost of physical materials, so students can rest assured that it is the cheapest option available.


Two Main Goals:

  1. Reducing the cost of course materials.

  2. Improving educational outcomes for students.


The Process Is Simple:

  • Students are sent an email before classes begin with instructions on how to access their digital course materials content. They’re able to access the content through Canvas on the first day of class.

  • Students enjoy free access to the content during the first two weeks of class.

  • On the sixth day of class, in order to retain access, students simply do nothing; a charge is conveniently billed to the student’s university account, similar to tuition and board.

  • If students choose to opt out, access will be turned off and no charge will be assessed. They can do so in 3 ways:

    1. Replying to our email and requesting to opt out

    2. Opting out in Canvas before student accounts close on the 6th day of class

    3. Visit cwu.verbacompare.com, find your course and the corresponding IA listing and clicking the “Opt Out” button


Why It Works (and why it is Awesome!)

The Inclusive Access model is much less expensive than other options; because of the increased buy-in from students in a class offering Inclusive Access, publishers are willing to negotiate much lower prices than they are for print materials. It also gives students convenient day-one access to course content, and allows them to experience more interactive and adaptive digital content that has been shown to improve educational outcomes. In addition, it gives faculty members the freedom to better tailor their course materials, and they still have full academic freedom to choose the texts they want for their classes.


How Inclusive Access Got Started

The Inclusive Access pilot began at CWU in 2016, with just 2 courses on the CWU campus. In these classes, students reported decreased study times, improved learning outcomes and high satisfaction with the adaptive digital content. They were also happy knowing they were paying the lowest price for their course materials. As of 2017, CWU is now offering over 20 courses utilizing Inclusive Access and hopes to add more in the coming years.


Looking For More Information

If you have questions about Inclusive Access, please email us at textbooks@cwu.edu and we will get right back to you.


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