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 website provides some very helpful tools to assist faculty in finding Open Textbooks, Open Course materials, and more.
In 2012, our campus launched its own ALS campaign, calling it Chico Affordable Learning Solutions or CALS for short. Since 2012, the main focus of CALS has been on Chico's Textbook Alternatives Project, also known as the TAP project. The Textbook Alternatives Project has worked to acquire grant funding for faculty who are interested in developing alternatives to expensive textbooks for our students. TAP is now in its third round of grant funded projects, after the successes of TAP1 and TAP2.
CALS also provides a resources website for sources of Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as search tools for fiinding affordable materials, and also includes materials freely available to our faculty, staff, and students from the Meriam Library.
Chico's Affordable Learning Solutions Program Awarded $20,000 in Grant Money in 2016
On April 29, 2016, The CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) program awarded Chico’s local Affordable Learning program (CALS) a grant for $20,000 for the continued support of Chico's Textbook Alternatives Project or TAP. For more information on TAP, and how to apply for the 4th round of grant money, see the the TAP website.