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Welcome to Affordable Learning Solutions

CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable, quality educational content for their students.

By reducing CSU student course material expenses, more students acquire the course materials they need to succeed and benefit from their CSU learning experience.

Now, CSU faculty and students have greater access to quality free and low-cost learning materials through a variety of ALS programs and partnerships.

AFFORDABLE LEARNING SOLUTIONS PRINCIPLES:

CHOICE: Enables the discovery of course content, including commercial publisher content, library resources, and a wide array of open educational resources (OER).

AFFORDABILITY: Technology and partnerships that reduce the cost of learning materials for students and the CSU.

ACCESSIBILITY: Every student is entitled to a high quality education with access to all learning materials.

The Affordable Learning Solutions Website:

  • Enables faculty to find quality free or low-cost course content that can substitute for more costly textbooks.
  • Showcases the use of campus library resources for course materials.
  • Organizes tools for faculty to customize and author course content.
  • Provides easy access to information about usability and accessibility of e-readers.
  • Helps faculty be recognized for quality teaching and efforts to reduce students' costs.
  • Enables faculty to share best practices for using low-cost digital and print content in CSU courses.
  • Supports campus Affordable Learning Solutions strategies and initiatives.
Whats New

SAVE the DATES
Fall 2014 AL$ Webinar Series:

September
San Jose State University & XanEdu 
Thursday, Sept. 25 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Join the Webinar

October
CSU Channel Islands & Barnes & Noble YUZU 
Thursday, Oct. 30 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Join the Webinar

November
CSU Bakersfield & CENGAGE 
Friday, Nov. 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Join the Webinar

December
CSU East Bay & Vendor TBD
Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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Fall 2014 Professional Development Webinars:

21st Century Teaching and Learning: eTexts

Cal State University Tackles Escalating Textbook Costs:

Long Beach Press Telegram Article August 20, 2014

Cal State looks for ways to drive down cost of textbooks:

Los Angeles Times Article August 1, 2014

CSU Affordable Learning Solutions Initiatives:

CSU Board of Trustees Update

CSU Rent Digital, Save Lots, Learn More.

CSU's Rent Digital program offers students savings of 60 percent or more off the cost of new print textbooks through the option to rent e-textbooks. Over 45,000 e-textbook choices available for rent through CSU campus bookstores. Learn more on the CSU Rent Digital Program page.