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Textbook Policy

All students must have textbooks by Week 1 Day 7

It is the responsibility of students to be prepared for class which means they must have all required course materials and texts no later than Week 1 Day 7.

No exceptions and no accommodations will be made by faculty after this date. In extreme situations, where there is delay in the shipping or procurement of materials, faculty will make reasonable accommodations during the first week of class only. (See course syllabus for details.) The only exception to this policy is the backorder of texts from the University online bookstore.

Due to copyright laws, sections of the text, other than materials authorized by the publisher such as Power Points, problem solutions, etc, cannot be scanned and posted to the classroom or emailed by either the faculty or students.

Online Textbooks (e-Books)

For many classes at Davenport, you will find an electronic textbook option available when you view textbooks on the Akademos portal. However, for selected online classes, Davenport requires that you use an online text.

Davenport requires electronic textbooks (eBooks) in several online courses to provide students with instant access to all course materials on the first day of the class.  For students enrolled in online sections that utilize e-Books, your eBook also includes access to online interactive learning labs that have been customized for your class.  All of these materials are completely online so you can access them from home, school, work, etc. 

In courses using e-Books, the fee for the eBooks will be charged as a course fee and included on your tuition billing statement. This means of payment ensures access to critical materials from the first day of class.

As with other course fees, you cannot opt out of the course fee since it represents an important component of your learning in the class.  Also, as with other course fees, your financial aid may be applied to these charges. Please note that these course fees are subject to the policies on course fees outlined in the DU course catalog. 

Please note: if you drop the course before the class starts then the e-book charge is refunded.  However, if you withdraw after the course start date, the e-book charge is not refunded.

E-Book FAQs

HOW DO I ACCESS MY EBOOK AND MYLAB FOR ONLINE CLASSES?  

Links to your online textbook and other materials will be automatically loaded into the Blackboard course.  It is ESSENTIAL that you login to your Blackboard class to access these materials on Day 1 of the course.  If your course uses an online interactive learning lab (like MyMathLab) you’ll need to complete a browser tune-up to ensure you can access all course resources.  Please complete the browser tune up BEFORE your class starts.  You may need to download a compatible browser, update plug-ins, etc.  Help desk contact information and links to this browser tune up are located in your Bb class.  Make sure you have a headset/ microphone available as well, since you may be required to use audio.  Students in COMM120 must also have a digital video recorder available for recording and then uploading videos of speeches. 

There will be no need for you to purchase textbooks or wait for them to be delivered.  You do NOT need to buy anything from the DU bookstore or online bookstore.

HOW DO I PAY FOR THE EBOOK AND MYLAB FOR THE ONLINE CLASSES LISTED ABOVE? 

The fee for the eBooks will be charged as a course fee and included on your tuition billing statement. In order to provide this access to all students enrolled in these courses from Day 1 of the term, the course fee will be charged on your tuition billing statement. 

As with other course fees, you cannot opt out of the course fee since it represents an important component of your learning in the class.  Also, as with other course fees, your financial aid may be applied to these charges. Please note that these course fees are subject to the policies on course fees outlined in the DU course catalog.  If you drop the course before the class starts then the e-book charge would also be removed.  However, if you withdraw after the course start date, the e-book charge is not refunded.  All course fees, including charges for the eBooks and MyLabs are listed in the current course catalog

Again, you do NOT have to purchase texts from the online bookstore for these classes.  You will have access to the electronic versions of all required texts through your Blackboard class as soon as you have access to your online class.   If you would still like to purchase a hard copy textbook to supplement these online resources, you are welcome to do so. 

WHO DO I CONTACT FOR TECHNICAL HELP WITH MY EBOOK OR MYLAB?

If you cannot get into the MyLab required for your class (if you are in a class that uses MyLabs) first make sure you are going to the right URL.  You should be accessing this online learning lab through:  https://davenport.edu/mylabs

When you go to this link, you should see what looks like the Connections Page user login.  If you can’t get in but see the login page, contact Davenport’s Student Technology Support:

Student Technology Support
877-899-1499 or ext. 1200

Student Technology Support’s online knowledgebase and ticket submission site.  

Please note:  There is a 24-36 hour delay between when a student registers for class and when they are able to access the MyLabs system.

All other technical questions about the MyLabs should go through the MyLab tech support listed below. 

MyLab Support:Phone: (888) 883-1299

Email: helpdesk@davenport.mylabsplus.com (response within 24 hours)