CarmenBooks for Instructors
CarmenBooks is an Inclusive Access program that offers digital copies of selected textbooks for a fraction of the cost of a new, physical copy.
With CarmenBooks, students can:
- Save up to 80% off retail price for your course materials
- Access digital course materials through CarmenCanvas
- Retain access to digital course materials while students at Ohio State
As an instructor, providing a lower cost and easily accessible option for your course materials helps set students up for success from Day 1 of the semester.
How can I let students know that I am participating in CarmenBooks?
We recommend mentioning in your syllabus that your course uses CarmenBooks. You should also make your syllabus available on syllabus.osu.edu, where students are likely to research courses before they register.
As students register for courses, those course sections participating in CarmenBooks will be indicated within the registration system. Additionally, any student who registers for a CarmenBooks course section will automatically receive an email with additional information and the option to opt out.
What options do students have for participating?
Students who enroll in the course are automatically included and charged for their materials. Students do have the option to opt out before and until the class session’s 100% Add/Drop date. If they opt-out or drop the class before that date, they are issued a full refund. Otherwise they are charged for the materials. There are no partial refunds.
Do I have to enable anything in Carmen for students to access my chosen course materials?
This depends on whether your course uses a digital textbook or a publisher-provided courseware, such as a homework system. Digital books are made available through an eReader called Unizin Engage which will automatically appear in your course’s navigation.
You will make publisher-provided content available for students in Carmen by working with your publisher sales representative. Make sure the publisher understands that your students should be directed to the “Inclusive Access” version of the course content. This ensures that students are not asked to pay again when accessing this content.
When do I have to commit to using CarmenBooks? How long does that commitment last?
Instructors must commit and order their course materials for a given semester before the order period closes, typically about a month before students begin registering for classes for the given semester. Any instructor who expresses interest in CarmenBooks by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org will more information and ordering instructions and deadlines.
There is no long-term commitment required for CarmenBooks. In fact, participants are asked to reconfirm their orders each semester. This allows faculty to not only opt out of participation, but also change their instructional materials at any point.
What if I assign multiple books for my class?
When ordering your materials, you are able to assign multiple digital textbooks or combinations of textbooks, courseware and other materials to a course.