Chico Affordable Learning Solutions
In 2010, the California State University Chancellor’s Office launched the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) campaign “to enable faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students." The ALS web site provides some very helpful tools to assist faculty in finding Open Textbooks, Open Course materials, and more.
In 2012, our campus launched its own campaign, calling it Chico Affordable Learning Solutions or CALS for short. At a workshop held in the library on March 9, 2012, Linda Riggins from the AS Bookstore, Marc Langston and James Tyler from the Meriam Library, and Laura Sederberg from the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) offered faculty alternative solutions to over-priced textbooks. A video recording of the presentation, Alternatives to Expensive Textbooks, is now available on YouTube. The TLP Blog article on CALS individually links you to the individual segments you may like to watch from this presentation, pointing you to them on Chico’s TLP YouTube channel.
TAP completes grant project. Students save significant money.
The Textbook Alternatives Project or TAP completed its first major project in the fall of 2013, with the completion of eight grant projects, and was a resounding success.
Seven of the eight projects found or created new (two wrote new textbooks), more affordable alternatives to their old textbooks, resulting in an estimated total savings of over $39,600 for just one semester, for our students.
For more information see the TAP web page.