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 campaign, calling it Chico Affordable Learning Solutions or CALS for short. At a workshop held in the library on March 9, 2012, a representitive 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.
Chico's Affordable Learning Solutions Program Awarded $19,750 in Grant Money in 2014
On April 1, 2014, the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) program awarded CSU, Chico’s local Affordable Learning program (CALS) a grant for $19,750 to expand and further develop the current CALS program. Applications for the grants will be available starting in early Fall, 2014.
This follows the successful completion of CALS first major project, the Textbook Alternatives Project's (TAP) in the fall of 2013. Eight grants were funded for TAP, and seven of the eight projects provided new, more affordable alternatives to their old textbooks, resulting in an estimated total savings of over $43,600 for just one semester, for our students.
In March, 2014, the success of TAP's first grant projects was recognized in a news announcement from the CSU's Public Affairs Office: http://blogs.calstate.edu/pa/news/?p=3826
For more information see the TAP web page.