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Upcoming 2021 AL$ Virtual Conference

AL$ coordinators will gather virtually on February 4-5, 2021 to share successful CSU campus AL$ implementations, discover the growing array of AL$ resources, and much more.

What's New in the AL$ Community

Call for Proposals: Cascadia Open Education Summit

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The Cascadia Open Education SummitThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. invites you to share your groundbreaking ideas, research, and best practices for using open educational resources (OER) or engaging in open educational practices. There will be an opportunity to learn, share, and network with colleagues throughout the full conference. Submit a presentation proposalThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Learning Everywhere: Open Educational Resources in the COVID-19 Era

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Ideal for online learning, low- and no-cost learning materials leave room for faculty innovation while increasing student access and cost savings.

​​​​In these challenging times, the California State University continues to develop ways to reduce students' expenses while maintaining a high-quality education. The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)This link will take you to an external website in a new tab. is an innovative program that enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable (and even free) quality educational content for students across the 23 CSU campuses.  Read Full ArticleThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CSU Responds to Coronavirus Outbreak

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The safety and well-being of California State University students, faculty and staff are foundational concerns for the institution. On this site, you’ll find Information about the university’s response to the outbreak, as well as links to individual campuses.

Learn about the CSU's ResponseThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Learn about the CSU Campus Continuity plansThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Initiatives undeway for low-cost, free textbooks for California college students

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Students seeking alternatives to buying books - Ashley A. Smith

Universities across California, especially in the 23-campus California State University system, have become more transparent about textbooks and more proactive in assigning free, digital or low-cost books to students.  Full ArticleThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CSU's MERLOT is featured as the "mothership of OER" in Campus Technology

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"This one ought to be called the OER Mothership, since you couldn't do much better than to begin your OER content search here...." Full ArticleThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CA Lawmakers Pass Food Security Bill Aimed at Helping College Students ABC 10

The bill would create a standardized form for colleges and universities to work with counties to enroll students in CalFreshThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.ArticleThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

No Textbook? Not a Problem - CSU Bakersfield Exploring Z Degree Majors

Zero-cost course materials are materials in which students can find online, for free, compared to their counterpart, textbooks.  This the defining characteristic of a Z- Major.  Affordable Learning Solutions and Textbook Affordability Coordinator Sandra Bozarth, spoke on the subject stating that, "if students are being provided their textbooks for free, in whatever format it is, I think that is going to help them succeed better in class."  FULL ARTICLEThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

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