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CSU Chico Affordable Learning Solutions


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 ALS campaign, calling it Chico Affordable Learning Solutions or CALS for short. Since 2012, the main focus of CALS has been on Chico's Textbook Alternatives Project, also known as the TAP project. The Textbook Alternatives Project has worked to acquire grant funding for faculty who are interested in developing alternatives to expensive textbooks for our students. TAP is now in its 4th round of grant funded projects, after the successes of TAP1, TAP2 and TAP3. CALS also provides a resources website for sources of Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as search tools for fiinding affordable materials, and also includes materials freely available to our faculty, staff, and students from the Meriam Library.