Frequently Asked Questions
What is Inclusive Access?
The Inclusive Access (IA) program provides digital access to the eBook and other required course material through Blackboard. The cost is significantly lower than purchasing a traditional textbook along with an access code for digital content. All students in an IA course receive access to their content on the first day the class is available in Blackboard.
What is included with my Inclusive Access purchase?
The digital content includes an eBook and Interactive Learning Platforms*. You no longer need an access code that could be lost or may not work. Everything you need to be successful in your class is available on the first day.
You may purchase an optional loose-leaf copy of the text from the GTC Bookstore to supplement your Inclusive Access content. Enrollment in Inclusive Access is required to purchase the supplemental text.
How much does Inclusive Access cost?
The price varies depending upon the course materials chosen by the instructor, but most Inclusive Access prices are lower than the cost to access the material direct through the publisher, and average 50% to 70% off the cost of the printed text.
How do I pay for Inclusive Access?
Once you have registered for a course that utilizes Inclusive Access, it will automatically be charged to your student account through the Business Office after the add/drop period for the course, unless you choose to opt-out. Students with Sponsored Billing accounts (such as Veterans, WIA, Early College, etc.) that have approved book charges will have the charge transferred to the Sponsor Billing account. You must contact the Business Office to have the charges billed to the 3rd party. (3rd party charge accounts must be setup in advance).
How do I opt out of Inclusive Access?
-If you choose to opt-out of the Inclusive Access program you will lose access to the required digital course material and will need to purchase the material on your own at a significantly higher price than the original Inclusive Access cost.
-Log in to Blackboard and choose the course you wish to opt out of.
-On the Content page choose the Course Content section.
-Under the Start Here or Welcome section select the option to view your eText or course materials. Instructors may set up these sections and links with different names, so if you cannot locate the correct link, contact your instructor for assistance.
-Once you click the link to access your content you will be directed to our Greenville Tech digital bookshelf. Here you will see the link to opt out of a course.
How will I get my access code?
Most courses will not require access codes. Content will automatically be placed on the course and will be accessible when you sign in. If your course does require an access code, your instructor will provide you with that access code.
Can I get a physical book?
A digital eBook is used for IA courses. Most classes offer an optional loose-leaf copy of the book, which may be purchased. Students must be participating in IA to be eligible to purchase a copy of the loose-leaf book. The college reserves the right to prevent the purchase of the loose-leaf book until after the opt-out period has expired. Students should attend class before purchasing the optional loose-leaf book.
* Interactive Learning Platforms, or ILPs, are much more than just 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 and animation, and adaptive quizzes and homework sets which link directly to the related section of text when incorrect answers are given. They also allow for various levels of customization by the instructor, peer-to-peer sharing of notes, and the creation of digital flashcards you can use with smartphone apps.