What's New at AL$

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Announcements


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CSU's MERLOT is featured as the "mothership of OER" in Campus Technology.


CSU Annual AL$ Coordinators' RFP Meeting, Feb. 5, 2019

Joint CSU/CCC Affordability Summit, Feb. 6, 2019. Beyond Textbook Affordability:  Equity and Achievement across California.  


Annual CSU Bookstore Meetings 

  • Northern Regional Meeting, March 1, 2019 at Sac State
  • Southern Regional Meeting, March 8, 2019 at CSU Chancellor's Office
  • Agenda, PPT, and additional resources
  • Please contact Sandy Ehrhorn if you have any questions.

LibreTexts receives Open Textbooks Pilot Program Award

Congratulations to LibreTexts.org for leading a coalition of institutions to receive the first federal OER funding award, the Open Textbooks Pilot Program Award.

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Single Project Earns Federal OER Pilot Grant.   The federal government will award the entire $4.9 million of the first round of it's OER funding pilot to a STEM-focused open textbook project out of the University of California, Davis, the Department of Education confirmed with "Inside Digital Learning."  Read Full Article

 


SDSU's Immediate Access Projected to Save Students $4 Million

The Immediate Access program at SDSU helps ensure students have access to important course materials.  Through its Immediate Access program, San Diego State University estimates it will save students $4 million in textbook costs during the current academic year.  Full Article


CSU Channel Islands Offering Two Textbook Free Majors with Plans for More

CSUCI now has an alternative for some students worried about being able to afford textbooks.  CSUCI educators working together have developed two "Z-Majors" which are majors that use quality, free and readily available educational resources as opposed to textbooks, which can be costly.  CSUCI is the first in the CSU system to develop undergraduate "Z-Majors."   

Full CSUCI News Release

Ventura County Star article on CSUI's Z-Majors


How Fresno State Helped Students Save 1 Million on Books

This is a great story about how Fresno State's Kennel Bookstore's course materials coordinator has worked to support textbook savings with their Immediate Access Program.  This is when the bookstore cultivates interested faculty for their courses where there is little or no OER available and negotiates with publishers to provide discounts of 60-80% off the price of a new print textbook for digital textbook options.  Full Article


NEW Academic Technologies Services Website Launched

Academic Technology Services (ATS) strives to identify, advance and support technology initiatives that enable student success through effective collaboration with the 23 campuses of the CSU.  We do this through four key priorities: Online Education, Affordable Learning, Transforming Education, and Scaling Innovation


    SB 1359 — CSUs and CCCs Identifying Courses with Free Course Materials 

    California Senate Bill 1359 requires California State University 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.” The deadline to implement this designation in course schedules is January 1, 2018. Memo to CSU Presidents from Gerry Hanley, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Technology Services.


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    Events

    Upcoming AL$/AB798 Webinars

    • Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00-1:00
    • Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 12:00-1:00

    To join the AL$/AB798 webinars https://calstate.edu.zoom.us/j/7332019400, All times PDT. 

    For additional information, contact Theresa Dykes(tdykes@calstate.edu).