Affordable Learning

In an effort to reduce educational costs for students, provide access to high-quality instructional materials and alternative resources, and recognize faculty efforts in making instructional materials freely available; Sonoma State is partnering with the CSU system on two key initiatives: the Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) program and AB 798 Textbook Affordability Act. Collectively, these efforts are intended to promote student achievement for students at SSU. SSU has convened a Steering Group with representatives from Associated Students, Faculty, Disabled Student Services, Library, Faculty Center, Information Technology, and the SSU Bookstore. 

Affordable Learning Solutions

The Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) program aims to cultivate and encourage faculty ambassadors to adopt low-cost and/or free quality texts and instructional materials from repositories such as MERLOT, Open Educational Resources Commons (OER), and the Library. Unlike the AB798 program, the ALS program grants opportunities for faculty to author course materials.

Affordable Learning Initiatives

College Textbook Affordability Act (AB 798) Program
SSU is participating the CSU-wide College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798) program to help faculty adopt high quality, free, accessible, and open educational resources for courses materials. Our goal is to reduce textbook costs for students by 30 percent per class section. Training and incentives available for faculty.
 
COOL4ED.ORG - CA Open Online Library for Education (AB798 resources)

SSU Textbook Affordability Fact Sheet & How Faculty Can Help Students

  • Over 1100 students, in a recent campus-wide survey on textbook affordability, said how high costs affect them.
  • Three ways SSU faculty can help students (review fact sheet for details):
    • Complete the SSU Affordable Learning Faculty & Departmental Grant form to facilitate individual faculty or department-level Open Educational Resource (OER) adoptions.
    • Explore and adopt open/free educational resources vetted by faculty from various fields on California Open Online Library for Education (Cool4ed.org).
    • Be sure to list all instructional materials early (including OERs) with the campus bookstore.

Faculty Workshops and Department Programs

Training and incentives for departments and individual faculty are available. Please contact the Faculty Center by phone at 707-664-2659 or email faculty.center@sonoma.edu to participate.
 

Sonoma State Affordable Learning Faculty & Departmental Grants

Grant Types

Three types of grants are available including, individual faculty awards of up to $1000, and departmental awards of up to $3000. Customized workshops and training offered to facilitate the adoption of OER materials. Complete the Sonoma State Affordable Learning Grant Application Form to apply for one of the following grants types:

  • Creation of Original Open Educational Resources 
  • Funding dependent on project description and funds availability, minimum award $1000
  • Individual Faculty Adoption of Existing Open Educational Resources
  • Requirements: Must notify campus bookstore of intent to offer OER, Affordable Learning Committee must verify adoption with indicated courses, notification deadlines must be met (Summer 2018: May 15, 2018 (*NOW CLOSED*); Fall 2018: June 30, 2018 (*NOW CLOSED*); Spring 2019: November 15, 2018). Minimum award is $500 for OER adoption, $250 to attend an OER informational event and $250 for helping to raise awareness for an OER related purpose (see questions below for details). One course per faculty, but multiple sections of that course are ok. The requirement is a 30% savings of textbook costs for students compared to the material used in the previous course.
  • Departmental Adoption of Open Educational Resources: (~6 departmental awards available)
  • Requirements: Department representative must submit project plan in writing through this form including course(s) to be included, resources to be selected, and any related description of the use of the grant funds for instructional support purposes. Affected course sections must serve at least 100 students. Applications are considered as they are received, but may need to be prioritized based on the number of applications submitted. The requirement is a 30% savings of textbook costs for students compared to the material used in the previous course.
DEADLINE DATES
Date Information
November 15, 2018
In an effort to reduce educational costs for students, provide access to high-quality instructional materials and alternative resources, and recognize faculty efforts in making instructional materials freely available.