The mission of the California State University (CSU) system has always been to provide affordable, high-quality education. CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative enables campuses to provide more affordable educational content for students. For more information about the CSU initative, check out the Affordable Learning Solutions homepage.
The AL$ Initiative at CSUN is committed to educating faculty on open educational resources, assisting faculty with finding quality low or no cost content, and supporting faculty as they redesign their courses.
How can you find free or low-cost materials?
The Oviatt Library, Matador Bookstore, CSU’s Merlot system, and publishers like OpenStax provide information, tools, and resources to get started using more affordable course materials. Check out the Finding Affordable Materials tab on this guide for resources.
It's important to remember that as you look for resources that will be freely accessible on the web, or create your own materials, you need to make sure that it is ADA compliant. Accessibility is one of the core priciples of the AL$ initative and it's imperative that all students have access to all learning materials required for their education.
How can you get involved?
CSUN AL$ Team Members and Faculty mentors are available to help you find, create, and incorporate low and no-cost materials into your courses and Moodle site. Contact any member of the AL$ team directly or fill out this Google Form and a member of AL$ will contact you.
Have you already experimented with redesigning your course around an open text or have you created your own e-text? Become an AL$ mentor and provide support for faculty, you will be rewarded with a small stipend.
What are faculty already doing?
Learn more about our Faculty Mentors Peri Klemm and Steve Graves by checking out the Faculty Showcase section of this website. They have already made their courses more affordable and they can assist faculty in finding and evaluating sources, as well as advice on creating your own e-text.