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Course Cartridges

Course cartridge content is created by third-party publishers and instructors may download it for use in their courses. When you access this content within a course, you are prompted for an access key. Cartridge content can include:

  • Slides
  • Documents
  • Quiz questions
  • Lists of relevant links  

Access a Course Cartridge

To access a course cartridge, you must be enrolled in the course and have an access key to open the course material. The publisher of the course cartridge provides the access key for a course. The access key for a course cartridge is found in the course text book or on the publisher’s website. Often, an access key included with a text book can only be used one time. Inquire about access keys before purchasing a used text book.

When you attempt to access course cartridge content the first time, you are prompted for the key. After you enter the key, you can open any content in the course that comes from that course cartridge.

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Troubleshooting Course Cartridge Issues

If you have difficulty with your course cartridge, contact any of the following resources for help:

  • The company that publishes the course cartridge.
  • Your institution's computing help desk.
  • The bookstore where you purchased the text or access key.
  • Your instructor.

While the publisher controls access keys and cartridge content, your instructor, campus computing help desk, or campus bookstore can help you contact the publisher directly or provide other assistance.