To learn more about how other faculty members in the three California higher education systems are incorporating open resources into their courses, select one of the subject selections from the "Faculty Showcase" tab on the Cool4Ed homepage.
What is Affordable Learning Solutions?
Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) is a CSU-wide initative to support student savings through the adoption of lower cost, high-quality course materials. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year,.Kennedy Library, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, the Disability Resource Center, and the University Store will be working in collaboration to create Cal Poly's Affordable Learning Solutions program. Some of our initiatives and events include:
AL$ Information Day
e-book comparison pilot with the University Store
the Open and Affordable resources web page and research guide
e-book and tablet workshops for faculty
To learn how members of the Cal Poly community are using low-cost and open resources in their courses, visit our faculty showcase.
"The Accessible Image Sample Book, creAccessible Image Sample Book Cover Imageated by the DIAGRAM Content Working Group, is a free online resource that shows you what some of the many options are for creating accessible versions of digital images such as maps, bar charts, diagrams, mathematical expressions, photographs and more!"
When using or creating open resources, it is important to make sure that they are available to all students. Here are a number of resources to help you and your students. If you have any questions, please contact Cal Poly's Disability Resource Center--they're happy to help you!
Bookshare is a free, membership-based service for students with "qualifying print disabilities" that prevent them from reading traditional materials. The Cal Poly Disability Resource Center has an institutional membership to Bookshare and can help students obtain free individual memberships. Please contact the DRC for more information or assistance.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Kennedy Library will be conducting a pilot with the University Store to compare the list of adopted course textbooks with library ebook holdings. Kennedy Library will publicize the matches, making these resources available for students to use in their courses.