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Direct Access & Affordable Course Materials Initiative


The Spring '23 Opt-Out Deadline has Passed!

Please contact [email protected] with any concerns and allow several business days for a reply.

Instructions by Publisher

RedShelf Access and Tutorials

  • Direct Access converts physical course materials into instantly accessible, totally interactive and adaptive digital content, while drastically reducing the cost to students. (View Our Direct Access Webinar!)
  • Goals of the Initiative:
    • Provide students with more affordable course materials.
    • Improve educational outcomes for students and enhance the student experience on a common digital platform via Blackboard.
    • Position Towson University with UMBC to be ahead of the curve with digital content.


  • Students are sent an e-mail two weeks before classes begin with instructions on how to access their digital course material content. Access to the content is through Blackboard and available before the first day of class.
  • Students enjoy free access to the content during the first two weeks of class.
  • After the free two weeks, to retain access a student does nothing! A charge is conveniently billed to the student’s university account.


  1. Log into your Towson Blackboard account. Find your class and navigate to the Inclusive Access link as designated by your professor. (You may also go directly to If you need to reset your RedShelf password, please go to
  1. Click the blue "OPT OUT" link located in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts. This must be done prior to the deadline for the semester. (This date can be found in your Direct Access welcome e-mail.)
  1. If you wish to opt back in, you may do so by the date mentioned above.
  1. Please view RedShelf's Opt In/Out Tutorial if you need more information.

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