Custom publishing services are available through Commercial Partners and each CSU campus provide a range of tools that help faculty author online course materials for their students. Remember to follow guidelines for authoring accessible content so the online content you create is usable by everyone, including those with disabilities. You can find information about authoring accessible content at the CSU Professional Development for Accessible Technology Teaching Commons.
Custom Publishing Guidelines:
CSU Affordable Learning Solutions invites vendors of custom publishing products and services for higher education to present their products and services for consideration in the ALS Custom Publishing program. Learn More (DOC)
Commercial Publishing Tools:
SoftChalk Cloud is an easy to use yet powerful authoring tool for content creation and management. SoftChalk Cloud is LMS neutral and is perfect for use by faculty and staff to create interactive and engaging online learning materials. With SoftChalk Cloud you can easily create accessible materials that comply with section 508 requirements. SoftChalk is dedicated to making our tool as barrier-free as possible for all students. What's more, faculty and staff can easily search and integrate MERLOT content into their learning module or lesson via an easy to use integrated SoftChalk/MERLOT interface, and can directly catalog this lesson into the MERLOT repository. Special pricing is available for CSU faculty and staff. Learn more about special pricing for SoftChalk Cloud, accessibility strategy and services for MERLOT partners by contacting Paul Miller. Click for more information on SoftChalk’s accessibility strategy.
XanEdu – provides easy-to-use custom publishing services and tools. Instructors who prefer a highly supported experience need only submit a syllabus to XanEdu’s skilled team of developmental editors. XanEdu will manage copyright permissions, help identify content which aligns to course topics, and even prepare original manuscripts for publication. For those who prefer do-it-yourself resources, XanEdu offers a robust platform for custom book creation with an extensive library of 12 million full-text and pre-cleared content items including complete books, book chapters, journal articles, open education resources, and more. Completed course materials can be delivered to students in print, digital, or print + digital formats. XanEdu’s award-winning myXanEdu student delivery experience is available via native iPad and Android apps or on any device via a cloud-based reader. The myXanEdu reader supports annotation, highlighting, student collaboration, cross-device synchronization, and keyword search. With XanEdu, instructors have the ability to design course materials which are tailored to their course and engaging while controlling the price students pay. To request assistance on a custom project or access to XanEdu’s do-it-yourself tools, visit http://info.xanedu.com/csu
Free/Open Publishing Tools:
MERLOT Content Builder - a set of free, web-based tools that are designed for people just beginning to author online content. The MERLOT Content Builder can be used by any registered MERLOT member to create websites using templates for adding text, images, video, documents, links, and more. You can easily send a download your website as an IMS Common Cartridge, send a copy to a friend, add a Creative Commons license, and catalog your website in MERLOT so others can easily find it. The Content Builder can produce accessible online learning materials when authors follow accessibility guidelines.
OpenStax CNX is a dynamic non-profit digital ecosystem based at Rice University that serves millions of users per month in the delivery of educational content to improve learning outcomes.
There are tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device, anywhere, anytime. OpenStax CNX content also meets accessibility guidelines.
Faculty can not only author and publish their content online at OpenStax CNX, but they can remix and reuse any content in the repository, including the OpenStax College library of peer-reviewed textbooks for introductory courses.All content on OpenStax CNX is free and cc-by licensed, thanks to generous support from Rice and several philanthropic organizations.
FLOE, or 'Flexible Learning in Open Education,' Floe provides the resources needed to enable inclusive access to personally relevant, engaging learning opportunities for the full diversity of learners and content producers. Through the Open Education Resources community, Floe makes tools that help transform, augment, and personalize the learning experience. To learn more, review FLOE’s PPT.