What is it?


OTC’s AutoAccess program brings innovative course material delivery to our campuses and is a major step in fulfilling the college's mission to provide an affordable and accessible education to our community.

AutoAccess makes interactive and adaptive digital course materials automatically accessible, while drastically reducing the cost to students. We have upgraded our textbook model to improve access and affordability with the technology of today, and the future.

The goal of the AutoAccess program is to reduce the cost of course materials while improving educational outcomes for all students.

Email AutoAccess Team


Students needing help with Canvas or textbook activation can visit the Canvas Support Station located on the Springfield campus (room IC104A next to the Library). Hours of operation for the first week of classes will be 8am - 5pm each weekday.

Laptops will be available or students may bring their own devices. For questions or off-campus support, call 417-447-8200 or email online@otc.edu


Students register for an AutoAccess enabled course and enjoy access to their course materials through their CANVAS student account. Charges for the course materials will be placed on the student's account once they have registered for the course. Students then have the first two weeks of class to decide if this course content delivery method works for them. If a student chooses to opt-out, they can do so easily by filling out the opt-out form. You will receive an email confirmation of your request.

Opting-out removes eligibility for cheap print copies.

Why is this better?

The AutoAccess model is much less expensive than other options; because of the increased buy-in from students in a class offering AutoAccess publishers are willing to negotiate much lower prices than the traditional model allows. It also gives students access automatically, on day one, to their course content. The content is more interactive and adaptive than a traditional textbook and has been shown to improve student success rates.


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AutoAccess FAQ

Interactive Learning Platforms are much more than just e-books. They are interactive software platforms developed to provide an enhanced learning experience beyond reading the text. They may include multi-media video and audio presentations, animation, adaptive quizzing and homework sets which link directly to the related section of the text when incorrect answers are given.

The price varies depending upon the course materials chosen by the instructor. Most AutoAccess prices are lower than the cost to access the material directly through the publisher, and average 50%-70% off the cost of the printed textbook+access code bundle.

If your instructor is using AutoAccess, you are already enrolled. You will be notified with access instructions, the discounted price, and information on opting out. This information is often provided in the instructor’s syllabus, or you are always welcome to reach out to the Bookstore with questions.

The access is open for the first two weeks of the course. After registration, all enrolled students who have not opted out of the program or dropped the course will have the discounted price billed to their student account. No waiting in line, no late assignments, easy access to your materials on day one.

If you do not wish to participate in AutoAccess, you have until the OPT out deadline to opt-out of the program. If you opt-out by the deadline given in your welcome email, you will not be charged for the content and your access to the content will be turned off.

You can opt-in or out as many times as you would like prior to the deadline you were given in your welcome email. You would need to email us at bookstore@otc.edu to see if we are able to make an exception.

Yes. All students who are enrolled in a course using AutoAccess are notified at the point of registration. To avoid being billed you must opt-out by the deadline given in the welcome email.

Students who drop the course during the college add/drop period, prior to the deadline given in the welcome email are automatically opted-out and will not be billed. Students who drop after the deadline will not receive a refund.

Once the deadline has passed and billing has commenced, the refund period has also passed.

Check out the links below for help from your materials' publisher. If your question or issue is not resolved please reach out to bookstore@otc.edufor further assistance.

Cengage Learning
Conceptual Academy (Email)
Macmillan Publishing
McGraw-Hill Publishing
OTC Online Help
Pearson Publishing

All students in the AutoAccess students are emailed when they register. Please check your spam and junk folders. If you still do not see it, email us at bookstore@otc.edu.

Please send us an email at bookstore@otc.edu for more information.