Instructional Technology Services (ITS) and the SDSU Bookstore, working in conjunction with a team that includes the Library, Student Disability Services, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, submitted two grants to fund Affordable Learning programs at SDSU in the Spring of 2016. These grants provide incentives and reward campus, staff, and faculty efforts to accelerate the adoption of lower cost or free open educational resources.
Affordable Learning $olutions (AL$) is currently embodied at SDSU by the Immediate Access program (https://www.shopaztecs.com/c-406-immediate-access.aspx.) The Immediate Access program provides digital textbooks to students before school begins to ensure that students are “Day One Ready.” Students can opt out anytime before the add/drop date and purchase their own materials. For more information, see the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions website at http://affordablelearningsolutions.org/
The second grant, AB798 College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015, is similar to AL$ but requires the use of free resources as part of the instructional materials. Open materials include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world. Currently, Chemistry 200/202 are using an OpenStax Chemistry text and saving over 800 students the cost of a textbook. For more information, see the Library Affordable Learning $olutions Guide at http://libguides.sdsu.edu/als
On Wednesday, November 16, a lunch and learn with be held to inform faculty and administrators about the ins and outs of Open Education Resources (OER). Reservations are required at http://tinyurl.com/SDSU-affordableLearning
If you are interested in finding out more about either program, please complete the following form, or click here to complete the form in a new window.
Affordable Learning Solutions Team