What's New at AL$



New AL$ Featured Partner 


CogBooks Advanced Adaptive Learning platform recognizes that students have individual learning needs and instructors have limited time in their day to support students.  CogBooks approach helps students learn faster and more effectively by adapting to their needs while saving instructors time through automated grade pass back to your LMS and intuitive reporting.  

As part of a grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CogBooks has developed affordable, adaptive off-the-shelf courseware to support instructors and students. CogBooks can be used as a full textbook replacement in a traditional classroom, pure online, or hybrid setting, allowing students a significant cost saving opportunity, while better supporting their unique learning needs. CogBooks' aim is to improve student success and retention by empowering you to create effective and personalized learning experiences for your students.


The AL$ Annual Meeting and the OLC Affordable Textbook Conference Follow Up

If you have not already filled in the meeting evaluation form for the AL$ meeting on January 29th, we would appreciate your feedback via the five questions on this online form.  Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey by Friday, February 12.

Event resources include:                                                             

AL$ Coordinators' requested resources:

AL$ team follow up requests:

  • Faculty Stipend Models:
    • Several participants expressed a desire to learn from each other and review examples of past completed RFPs and campus stipend models from other campuses. If you are willing to share your past RFP and/or campus stipend model, please send them directly to Erin Walker (edwalker@calstate.edu) by Monday, February 12.

OLC Meeting Resources from January 30th

  • Visit the Resource Center where you will find the attendee list as well as links to recommended reading materials (if provided) from the presenters. Presentation materials and archivist notes from each breakout session will be posted here as well.

Press release:  CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions Encourages Use of Open Educational Resources

Recently published from CSU Public Affairs:   The California State University is committed to seeking new ways to provide equity in access to free learning materials and remove financial barriers to student success as part of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025.


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.



Upcoming AL$/AB798 Webinars

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 12:00 pm - 1 pm
  • Thursday, May, 31, 2018 - 12:00 pm - 1 pm
  • To join the AL$/AB798 webinars https://calstate.edu.zoom.us/j/7332019400.  For additional information, contact Theresa Dykes(tdykes@calstate.edu).



March 29, 2018 AL$/AB 798 Webinar Archive

March 1, 2018 AL$/AB 798 Webinar Archive

December 2017 AL$ / AB 798 Webinar Archive

November 2017 AL$ / AB 798 Webinar Archive

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September 2017 AL$ / AB 798 Webinar Archive