Course Material Adoptions Information
We encourage faculty to continue to adopt quality course materials to support the curriculum while keeping the costs and affordability options in mind as well.
Bookstore staff is on hand to assist with your adoption and research of available options.
Textbook Request Deadlines
Fall Semester - March 1
Spring Semester - October 1
Summer Semester - March 1
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If you are unsure who your coordinator is for your department,
please click here to see the full list of Academic Coordinators for each discipline.
Book Store Contacts
John Wierson: 294-3501, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Arbuckle: 294-0236, email@example.com
Heather Dean: 294-0237, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Crain: 294.4649, email@example.com
Custom Course materials
Develop your own Custom Course Materials with the ISU Book Store!
The ISU Book Store offers custom, in-house publishing to help faculty and staff present original work, lab manuals, various readings, case studies, supplementary educational materials, out-of-print books, and much more.
How to order:
- Develop a hard copy or PDF of the course material you wish to reproduce.
Fill out the Coursepacket order form.
Please be specific regarding any special printing instructions.
- If you have included copyrighted materials, provide a readings list or bibliography with your order.
Provide this information to the ISU Book Store team as soon as possible in order to submit for copyright permissions for these items.
- Submit coursepacket orders to the ISU Book Store:
0130B Memorial Union
Invite firstname.lastname@example.org to your coursepacket file on CyBox or other file sharing service.
Copyright Information for Print and Digital Materials
You will want to be sure that you are compliant with copyright law for both print and digital materials for your course.
Check out this link for details relating to Copyright in Education: https://www.copyright.com/learn/media-download/copyright-on-campus/
WHAT IS THE COURSE MATERIAL ADOPTION DEADLINE?
Based on HEOA legislation, the annual deadlines are March 1 (Fall and Summer) and October 1 (Spring). A memo will be sent out each semester from the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost as well as reminders from the ISU Book Store. Please note, the bookstore accepts adoptions beyond the HEOA deadlines to support your teaching needs.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) is federal legislation requiring titles, ISBN numbers and retail pricing of all required and recommended course materials be published for students’ review prior to course registration. To comply with this requirement, the Office of the Registrar, Information Technology, and the Iowa State University Book Store have developed systems to provide this information to students via the Schedule of Classes and AccessPlus.HOW DO I SUBMIT MY ADOPTION?
Faculty need to submit the course material requirements and recommendations to their designated Department Academic Coordinator by the adoption deadline. Please include any courses in which there will be not textbook requirements as well. If you are unsure of your department contact, the Department Academic Coordinator List can be found here.HOW ARE COURSE MATERIALS DEFINED?
Course materials are defined as textbooks/books, manuals, access codes, e-books, coursepackets, and supplies (design, lab, technology, etc.). And, anything else that is required for your students to obtain for class.WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO MEET THE DEADLINES?
We recognize that there are a few situations where it may not be possible to have course materials information available by these dates: the instructor has not yet been assigned for a course, the course and/or textbook is new and still under development. For these situations, the HEOA legislation requires that textbook information be listed as “To Be Determined” until such time as the information is available. The ISU Book Store will continue to update the system with new information for courses after the initial deadline, to provide students with the most accurate and up-to-date information as possible.HOW DO I HANDLE NON-TRADITIONAL OR NEGOTIATED COURSE MATERIAL ADOPTIONS?
For special course materials, arrangements or negotiations with publishers, please contact the ISU Book Store to facilitate these transactions. Contracts with publishing companies and vendors (i.e. adaptive learning content, e-books) must be established through the Purchasing Department to protect student information and ISU. For digital content adoptions, please see the ISU Digital Content Guidelines. Selling or facilitating course material transactions in the classroom or direct through a third party provider is not allowed.DO I NEED TO SUBMIT ADOPTIONS FOR LAB AND ART SUPPLIES?
Many studio and lab classes do not have textbook course materials associated with their course but are still requiring students to purchase specific materials for their class. Under the HEOA, ANY supplies that are required for a course including any art, office or lab supplies, need to be a part of the adoption process so students can review their required items and their prices prior to taking the class. Art, office, or lab supply course material requests can be submitted with book adoptions or if no textbook is required for the course.WHERE DO I SUBMIT A CUSTOM CREATED COURSEPACKET?
Coursepackets are to be turned in to the ISU Book Store for production. A full coursepacket service is available on-campus through ISU Printing Services and ISU Book Store including copyright clearance, complimentary desk copies, and on-demand printing in the Memorial Union. Coursepackets will be available for students to purchase in the ISU Book Store along with all other course materials.HOW DO STUDENTS OBTAIN COURSE MATERIALS AT IOWA STATE?
Students are provided a book list with their class schedule in AccessPlus. It is critical that faculty submit adoptions for course materials to the ISU Book Store in order to populate the student book list. Students purchasing from the ISU Book Store can charge their course material purchases to their U-Bill. Students with scholarships and financial aid will need to have their course materials available at the bookstore to purchase. In addition, all purchases at the ISU Book Store are sales tax exempt.