CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative enables campuses to provide more affordable educational content for students. For more information about the CSU initiative, check out the Affordable Learning Solutions homepage. The infographic below shows AL$ Impact for students in the CSU.
The AL$ Initiative at CSUN is committed to educating faculty on open educational resources, assisting faculty with finding quality low or no cost content, and supporting faculty as they redesign their courses. Check out CSUN's Academic Senate Resolution AL$/AB-798. The image below shows AL$ achievements at CSUN (updated 4/15/2018, subject to change).
There is a misconception that resources that are free are not high quality and this is not true. There are many repositories and publishers that offer peer-reviewed resources. Choosing free or low-cost cost materials can have a huge financial impact on students.
reduce costs for students
online resources allow for a more interactive, collaborative learning experience
faculty can tailor educational resources to fit their needs
According to a survey during 2016-2017, only 41.8% CSUN students purchase their textbooks 100% of the time.
California Senate Bill 1359 requires CSU campuses “to clearly highlight, by means that may include a symbol or logo in a conspicuous place on the online campus course schedule, the courses that exclusively use digital course materials that are free of charge to students and may have a low-cost option for print versions.” Look for the following symbol in Class Search to identify zero-cost course materials.
Please contact Robert Munck from Campus Store at email@example.com to make sure the zero cost symbol is indicated in your course. An example:
The Oviatt Library, Campus Store, CSU’s Merlot system, and publishers like OpenStax, provide information, tools, and resources to get started using more affordable course materials. Check out the Finding Affordable Materials tab on this guide for resources.
Accessibility is one of the core principles of the AL$ initiative and it is imperative that all students have access to all learning materials required for their education. Check out the Universal Design Center to make sure your content is accessible by everyone.
Students: Encourage your instructors to consider Affordable Learning Solutions using this website and become active in your campus Student Government to be an advocate of Affordable Course Materials. Contact Yi Ding at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in your campus AL$ initiatives.