Textbook access codes short alphanumeric codes are often bundled with the purchase of a new textbook. These codes can be entered into a website to receive access to a website where the publisher can provide quizzes and supplementary material to what the textbook may offer. Once a code is used, it is no longer valid and cannot be redeemed by anyone else. This often makes it difficult to rent or purchase used textbooks since the code is usually used by the student who originally purchased the textbook. Thankfully, most publishers allow students to purchase the access code separately so they can still save by renting or purchasing used books.
Access codes can be helpful, but they can also be an expensive hindrance to education, according to some students. Some websites offer quick feedback on difficult problems which can help a struggling student get back on track, while others offer poorly thought out problems that confuse and slow a learner’s progress. One common complaint is that some sites will mark a correct answer wrong because the answer wasn’t in the form that was expected. It’s important that professors know about any struggles a student is having with any supplemental content so that they can find another if necessary.
Supplemental content through online access codes is one way education is becoming more digital. We here at Campus Book Rentals advocate choice. We believe a student should be able to choose the best method in which to learn, whether through an online system or through a traditional textbook.
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