Access Day One

Access Day One (AD1) was one of several student-centered, faculty driven, and administratively supported approaches at the University of North Texas to address the challenges students face in order to get access to course materials. The goal of AD1 was to both give students access to course materials beginning the first day of their course, and to reduce the cost of textbooks and other course materials.  AD1 allowed the instructor to use textbooks and other course materials beginning on the first day of class and tohelp reduce the cost of course materials.  A small pilot study was conducted in the fall of 2018. Based on the positive results of the smaller pilot study, AD1 was implemented for fall 2019 in test phase.  AD1 is currently under review based on the results of the test projects.  

AD1 attempted to address a couple of ongoing challenges at UNT.  Many college students go without access to textbooks and course materials during the first few weeks of classes (and in some cases longer) in an effort to save money. This presents challenges for faculty in how they teach courses and can disrupt the learning experience for students. That's why it's important to get affordable course materials to students on the first day.

AD1 was modeled after several very successful "first day" initiatives around the US.  Other institutions in Texas are implementing the same model and UNT will collaborate in order to provide the absolute best version to UNT students in the future.


Key Points & Benefits

  • Digital course materials provided and synced through Canvas.
  • Students access materials on day one of their course.
  • Faculty will have increased feedback, more interaction, and better information about student use of materials to better inform their teaching.
  • Students pay reduced prices for course materials.
  • Print options can also be made available at reduced cost. 

How did it work (fall 2019)? 

1. Faculty work with the Office of the Provost to have UNT negotiate a reduced cost for particular textbooks or course material. 

2. Students register for the course and are charged an incidental fee. (Student financial aid can be used toward such incidental fees, unlike purchasing traditional textbooks.)

3. Students have access to the digital textbook or course material from day one of the course. 

*Students have the choice to opt-out of the Access Day One program and can choose to purchase their text elsewhere.