Adaptive learning is changing the environment in which students learn.
The continued blending of education and technology is making the industry turn on its head. As a student, it can be frustrating to know where to turn for all course material needs. The number of providers and purchasing options makes it hard to remember where you purchased all of your materials, how to find them, and frankly, why you need them.
One of the more confusing purchases a student can make is access codes. Referred to differently throughout the industry -- access kits, online homework, digital course kits -- access codes are essentially passwords granting access to online coursework, and they've become increasingly popular as a core component of the college and university adaptive learning experience.
At face value, the idea of access codes seems straightforward; however, skyrocketing tuition fees, textbook prices, and other expenses leave students wondering why is it necessary to purchase another item for their course? As a result, many students are navigating uncertain waters when it comes to access codes. We're attempting to demystify access codes so students can make informed decisions about purchasing online course materials.
THE BENEFITS OF ACCESS CODES
The additional course materials provided by access codes help to enhance the student learning experience. The content can include online tutorials, self-tests, course outlines, videos, student-teacher feedback, and other valuable materials. Publishers understand that student success is critical to long-term success, so they collaborate with institutions and faculty to create the best content available.
WHY YOU NEED THEM
The need for access codes is ultimately dependent on the course professor. Some require additional course materials; others do not. For example, a student may be required to take an online quiz, provide feedback to other students, or otherwise interact with the professor through the online course materials to pass your class. In short, if a teacher is reliant on course materials available via an access code, it will be difficult to pass the class without one.
HOW TO FIND ACCESS CODES
Access codes have ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers), which make it easy for books and access codes to be cataloged and searched. To find the ISBN associated with an access code, you can:
Use RedShelf’s easy-to-search eCommerce platform at redshelf.com. Questions? Email us and ask for the access code – we're always happy to help!
Or, you can:
Work with your RedShelf partnered college or university bookstore. Bookstore managers work with access codes and are extremely knowledgeable about how the process works.
WHERE ARE ACCESS CODES STORED
Lost products are a thing of the past. RedShelf keeps your access codes on your online bookshelf so you can access your materials quickly. The best part? They are stored right alongside your eBooks and other course materials. A single centralized location for all of your content so you can read anytime, anywhere.