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My class is using online course materials for which I need an access code. What do I do?

To get set up with your online course products, there are a few things you’ll need first:

  • Your syllabus,  
  • Your textbook or e-book, and  
  • The access code that came with the book. This is usually sold with the book, either in physical or electronic format, but sometimes it does come separately.  
  • You also need to logon to your Blackboard course.  

After you have the items listed above and have logged onto your Blackboard course, check your syllabus to see exactly what steps your instructor wants you to follow. Also, on your syllabus you’ll usually be able to find the course code to register your product. If the course code isn’t on your syllabus, you haven’t received it from your instructor, or it’s not on any other course documents, contact your instructor to get the code.  

Once you have the course code, check the textbook/access code package for the instructions on how to register the product. (This information is usually on the access code package or on the back of the textbook, but it could be anywhere, including on the course syllabus or in your Blackboard course if the instructor listed the directions there).  

Now that you’ve got everything you need, follow these directions:  

  1. Go to the course product website listed on the access code. 
  2. Register with the website first if you’ve never used any product from them before. This will be another username and password to remember, so write it down somewhere you’ll remember it. It helps to have a password manager.  
  3. Now that you have a username and password and are logged in, look back at the syllabus (or wherever it’s listed) for the course code. Then use that to search for the course and material on the website.  
  4. Now that you’ve entered the course code, enter the access code you have for your particular textbook where is says to. This will give you access to the online material. 

You’re into the online course product now. Always make sure to FIRST check your syllabus or assignment directions or with your instructor if you have any questions about what work you need to do and when it is due. Don’t assume that you must complete every assignment listed in the online material; always check your syllabus and with your instructor first.  

This information is provided by the General Academic Areas Tutoring Center. For further assistance with products from specific publishers, such as Cengage, McMillan, McGraw Hill or Pearson, please logon to the General Academic Areas Tutoring Center in Blackboard. For instructions on how to access this, watch this video: