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Day 1 Digital Access

Day 1 Digital Access (D1DA) is a collaborative program at CSULB with two main goals:

  • Reduce the cost of course materials
  • Provide access to the required course material on the first day of classes


How Does It Work?

  • The required course material will be available through BeachBoard in a digital format, whether e-book or courseware
  • Students will receive FREE access on the first day of classes
  • Discounted pricing has been negotiated with publishers
  • Students will have until the first add/drop deadline (without W) to OPT OUT
    • Generally 2 weeks after the first day of classes for the regular Fall or Spring semester
    • Deadline may be different for the Summer or Winter semester
  • After the opt-out deadline, any student who has not opted out will be charged to their CSULB student account allowing more time to pay


Frequently Asked Questions – Faculty

What are the benefits to D1DA? 

  • FREE and immediate access on the first day of classes for your students
    • Faculty currently in the program mentioned this as their main benefit as they can start readings and assignments on the first week of classes
  • Discounted pricing negotiated with publishers on the required course material in a digital format
  • Available through BeachBoard so you can send your students to one place
  • RedShelf Analytics for e-book so you can view how much your students are reading/studying along with which sections/pages
  • Integration benefits such as grade syncing for courseware

What is the difference between an e-book and a courseware?

An e-book is the textbook in a digital format. It is no longer just a plain PDF. With our digital provider RedShelf, e-books now contain features such as highlighting, annotations, and analytics (D1DA courses only).

A courseware is an adaptive learning technology product which you can assign homework, quizzes, and/or tests that can be auto-graded. Examples of courseware include MyLab, Revel, Connect, MindTap, WileyPlus, and LaunchPad. Courseware products usually include the e-book and have integration benefits such as grade syncing with BeachBoard.

I’m interested in D1DA. How do I enroll my class? 

Whether e-book or courseware, you can request D1DA in three ways:

  • When submitting your textbook adoption in the online system, please submit your normal textbooks, and towards the end of the process, place a note/comment “Please enroll my class in D1DA”.
  • You can email us directly at
  • Request it or reply to your publisher rep, who will then forward the request to us
    • Participating publishers are also promoting this program

Is there a deadline to request D1DA? 

Due to the logistics of the program and integration with BeachBoard, the deadline is generally 4-6 weeks before the start of classes. This depends on each publisher.

Are there any requirements for publisher products to be integrated into BeachBoard?

There are four main requirements if publishers would like their product integrated into BeachBoard:

  • Provide FREE access on the first day of classes
  • Meet campus accessibility criteria
  • Provide own support for courseware products
  • Provide pricing equity for CSULB
    • Must be cheaper than the direct price and the new physical alternative
    • Equal pricing for financial aid account students who can only obtain the material from CSULB such as veteran, rehab, and scholarship students

Who are current participating publishers?

As of Spring 2021, current participating publishers are Cengage, Cognella, Great River, Houghton Mifflin, Human Kinetics, Ingram, Jones & Bartlett, Kendall Hunt, Macmillan, McGraw, Norton, Oxford, Pearson, Penguin, Sage, and Wiley.

I changed sections, what do I do? 

Please email as soon as possible so that we can request integration for your current section. Please note there may be delays.

I do not want my class enrolled in D1DA anymore, what do I do? 

Please email immediately so that we can cancel your class from the D1DA program. Please note we will need to know before the opt-out deadline so we can make sure students do not get charged.

Will you still carry print copies? 

A sub-goal for the program is to facilitate the transition to digital course materials. If we have leftover physical books from a previous semester, we will sell them in-store. If we do not have any leftover physical copies, we will order them “on demand” depending if the student orders the physical copy from us. Some publishers offer a “print upgrade” through the program. Please note that all “print upgrade” features are different per publisher.

I’m unsure whether I should enroll my class. Why should my class be enrolled in D1DA? 

The two main benefits are the FREE access on the first day of class, and the discounted pricing negotiated with publishers. Most instructors mention the FREE access on the first day as their main benefit as they can start readings and assignments right away.


We understand that this program is NOT for everyone. A consideration to make in answering whether you should enroll your class is to look at reasons why D1DA may not be the right fit for your class. You may NOT want to enroll your class in D1DA if:

  • Your textbook is NOT required but more “recommended” for students to purchase
  • You think your students should have print copies
  • Your students are allowed to use old editions
  • Your textbook is easily available at a cheaper price from the online marketplace such as Amazon

Frequently Asked Questions - Students 

How do I enroll in D1DA? 

If your instructor has enrolled the class in D1DA, you are automatically opted into the program upon registering for the class. You will be notified via your school email on the first day of classes if you are enrolled in any classes with D1DA from

What are the benefits to D1DA? 

  • FREE and immediate access on the first day of classes 
  • Discounted pricing on the required course material in a digital format 

How do I opt out? 

  • Opt Out Tutorial Video 
  • Step by Step Instructions
    • After logging into the class on BeachBoard, navigate to the “Content” tab. There should be a module called “Day 1 Digital Access” (sometimes, instructors rename this to slight variations of “Access Your E-Book” or “D1DA E-Book”). In that module will be instructions and a tool link initially titled “Click Here to ACCESS or OPT OUT” or “Click Here to OPT OUT”. Please note that sometimes instructors rename this to slight variations as well.
    • After clicking the opt-out link, which takes you to the D1DA provider website (usually, there will be an opt-out button on the bottom of your book/course shown.
    • Please note if this is the first time you have a D1DA class and are clicking to RedShelf’s website, the first page may be a “terms and conditions” and/or “cookies and privacy” informational page that you will need to agree for D1DA.
      • If you do not agree to RedShelf’s “terms and conditions” or are unable to locate the opt-out button, you can still opt out by emailing us BEFORE the deadline at

I opted out. Can I opt back in? 

If it is before the opt out deadline, you can opt back in by following the same steps you took to opt out. After the deadline, this depends on each publisher and title. Please check with us by emailing

How much does it cost? 

The price for each D1DA course material is different. Please visit or your class page in BeachBoard for pricing information. 

I dropped the class. Do I still need to opt out? 

If you dropped the class before the deadline, you are automatically opted out. If you dropped the class ON or AFTER the deadline, please email us at immediately.

I forgot to opt out by the deadline. Can I still opt out and get a refund?

After the deadline, exceptions can be made only if you purchased a similar/different format from the University Bookstore, directly from RedShelf, or directly from the publisher’s website. Please email us at with a copy of the receipt.

How do I pay?

After the opt-out deadline, your CSULB Student Center account will be charged. You can pay online through your MyCSULB Student Center or in-person by visiting the Financial Services at Brotman Hall.

How do I request a print copy or a print upgrade? 

If we have leftover books from a previous semester, we will carry print copies in the bookstore. However, if we do not have any leftover books, some publishers offer “print upgrades”. Please email us at for more information.

If I opted out and changed sections, do I have to opt out again? 

Yes, you will need to opt out again since it is a new section and only the opt out from the original section was recorded.

How do I know if my class is participating in D1DA? 

Your instructor should inform you that the class is participating in the D1DA program and about opting out. However, in the case that you added the class late and missed that information, you can find out by visiting, and there will be a note with classes participating in D1DA. This information would also be posted on your class page in BeachBoard. There would be a module titled “Day 1 Digital Access” (sometimes, instructors rename this to slight variations).


In addition, we will send out 2-3 emails to the school email on file for all students in a D1DA class from For the regular Fall or Spring semester, the following reminder emails will be sent out: first day of classes, the second week of classes, and around 1-3 days students have left to opt out.

I’m a student with funds from Veteran Services, Dept. of Rehab, or have a scholarship card. How can I use these funds? 

Please visit Customer Service inside the University Bookstore and let them know. They will ring up the D1DA on your account or scholarship card. If you intend to stay in the D1DA program for your class, please do NOT opt out as you will lose access. If you do NOT intend to stay in the D1DA program (e.g. you are using your funds to order leftover print copies), please make sure to opt out so that your CSULB account does not get charged. 

I’m a student with disabilities and need a physical copy or a different format. What do I do? 

Please reach out to the Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center at (562) 985-1663 or, as soon as you know you have a class enrolled in D1DA. They will be able to facilitate obtaining a physical copy or a copy in a format that you need.