Digital Course Materials: Inclusive Access


Digital course materials are a set of technology solutions that promote affordable, digital content like ebooks and courseware for students.

The cost of the digital course materials will post to student's accounts along with tuition and fees each semester. If a student drops or opts out of the course on or before the drop/add deadline date of the course, the digital course material charge will automatically be removed from their student account within 48 hours of dropping the course. If a student drops the course after the drop/add deadline date, they will be responsible for the digital course material charge. Payment can be made for digital course materials via their MyOHIO Student Center or Authorized User portal.


Inclusive Access digital content is provided via Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems.

How to access your materials

Students who wish to opt out must do so before the last day to remove (drop) a class.  This date can be found on the Registrar's official academic calendar(opens in a new window)

Who can access

Current faculty, administrative staff, and students.

How to request access

  • Instructors
    • Contact your publisher representative to select or confirm the course material you wish to use in the course.
    • If you do not know who your publisher representative is, please contact the IT Service Desk.
  • Students
    • No request is needed. If a course offers Digital Course Materials, information will be included in the Textbooks and Materials section of its description in Course Offerings(opens in a new window).
  • Publishers


Inclusive Access gives students enrolled in participating courses access to their digital content on the first day of class at a significantly lower price than printed materials. 

  • Low-cost course content available on day one of your class.
  • Easy opt-out process.
  • Digital content is accessible and supports highlighting, copy/paste, printing, note sharing and annotations.
  • VitalSource reader content is available offline through downloadable mobile and desktop apps.
  • Some content is interactive.
  • Participating publishers include McGraw Hill, Cengage, Pearson, MacMillan, Norton, Sage, Human Kinetics, and Wiley.  
  • View a list of current courses and associated digital content costs(opens in a new window). (You must have a valid OHIO login to view.)

Open Education Resources helps instructors discover, author, and adopt Open Educational Resources or other low-cost course materials.

Additional resources

Join the Teaching and Learning Technologies Advisory Community

Service support

Get help

  • Visit the Technology Help Center ( to get live support, view outages, and browse trainings.


Visit the following VitalSource support page for more information about accessibility features available for digital content:

Ohio University strives to make its digital resources and services accessible to all visitors, including those with disabilities who may also be using assistive technology. If special steps are necessary in order to improve the accessibility of experiences for end users, those steps must be taken. 
If you experience a barrier that affects your ability to access OHIO websites, videos, online forums, documents, or other information technology, please let us know
For further information about OHIO's digital accessibility resources, see:


The Ohio University Information Security Office strives to educate and empower the University community to appropriately manage risks and protect OHIO’s information and systems. This effort is facilitated through policies, standards, an information security risk management program, as well as other tools and guidance that are provided to the University community. This modern approach creates a safe computing environment in which the university community can teach, learn, and conduct research. 

For additional information about OHIO’s security resources, see:

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