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 (OER) in credit-bearing, stateside courses.
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 discounted digital textbooks to students before school begins to ensure that students are “Day One Ready.” Students can opt out anytime before the drop/add period ends. So far, about 90 percent of students remain opted-in.
The second grant, AB798 College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015, is similar to AL$ but requires replacing a for-fee, previously required textbook with free OER resources or textbooks. Savings as a result of OER adoption must be at least 30 percent over costs of the previous semester in which the course was taught. 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.
Throughout each semester, we will host a variety of promotional and training events including Faculty Staff Club lunches, coffee and snacks along with presentations at departmental meetings, and a variety of other options for engaging in the programs. For the most current events, please check our ITS blog and the ITS Eventbrite site to register for events.
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