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Affordable Learning Solutions Community

This online community is for members of the California State University and the higher education community to share their strategies for improving the affordability of quality course materials for students.

Location: Long Beach California, USA
Members: 71
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

Affordable Learning Solutions Updates

COOL4Ed eTextbook Faculty Showcase ePortfolios

For the campuses who received the COOL4Ed grants, the selected faculty will need to complete an eportfolio in order to showcase the textbook, course in which it was used, and the adoption process.

Cathy Swift, coswift at, is standing by to provide as much assistance as possible in this process.

For questions, please email

Thank you,


December 2015

Discussion Forum

Mark your calendars for Feb. 16-17, 2017 for the OLC AB 798 Conference and the Annual AL$ RFP Meeting 1 Reply

Dear AL$ Coordinators,Mark your calendars for Feb. 16-17, 2016!The…Continue

Started by Leslie Kennedy. Last reply by Leslie Kennedy 9 hours ago.

Resources for AB 798 Grant Fulfillment and New DOE Inclusive Access Guidelines

Hello AL$ community -Yesterday, Gerry Hanley hosted an Innovations Marketplace Webinar conducted by Ed Map about Content Affordability Solutions. CURATE by Ed Map can help you fulfill the requirements for the AB 798 grant including matching Merlot…Continue

Started by Shannon Meadows May 12.

Textbook Affordability Conference (TAC), UC Davis, April 27-29

Dear AL$ Coordinators, The Textbook Affordability Conference (TAC) is scheduled for April 27-29 at UC Davis.  A registration site has been created to accommodate…Continue

Started by Leslie Kennedy Apr 14.

AL$ Webinars 2 Replies

Dear AL$ Coordinators,Please join me for the May/June AL$ webinar which will focus on how the campus bookstores facilitate cost savings’ strategies on course materials for CSU students.   For example, the SDSU bookstore’s  Immediate Access / Opt Out…Continue

Started by Leslie Kennedy. Last reply by Leslie Kennedy May 26.

AL$ 2016 RFP Available

Request for Proposal  Establishing or Expanding Campus AL$ ProjectsRelease date: March 15, 2016 Each CSU campus may submit one proposal for funding to augment the resources they are using to implement their campus AL$ program.Proposal due…Continue

Started by Leslie Kennedy Mar 21.

5th Annual Affordable Learning Solutions Workshop & AB 798 RFP Prep Discussion, March 1 & 2, 2016, Los Angeles

The 5th Annual Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) workshop will be followed by a one day event specifically focused on the …Continue

Started by Leslie Kennedy Dec 14, 2015.

Registration OPEN: Open Access Conference 2015 at SJSU 1 Reply

​Open Access Conference: Learning from ExperienceSan Jose State University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. LibraryOctober 23, 2015In celebration of Open Access Week, San Jose State University will be hosting its biennial one-day conference on October…Continue

Started by Ann Agee. Last reply by Gerry Hanley Sep 17, 2015.

AL$ Webinar Schedule and Post-Webinar Recordings 2 Replies

AL$ Webinar Schedule and RecordingsFriday, November 20, 201512:00 - 1:00 PMAgenda:Please join the AL$ webinar which will showcase the Fresno State AL$ Initiative and present…Continue

Started by Leslie Kennedy. Last reply by Leslie Kennedy Oct 27, 2015.

Share your ideas "RFP" to faculty adopting open textbook for Fall 2015 COOL funded... 2 Replies

Like to hear your thoughts about how to invite faculty to adopt open textbook for COOL funding; March deadline...Continue

Started by Cyril Oberlander. Last reply by Leslie Kennedy Mar 3, 2015.

AL$ Campus Success Stories 12 Replies

At the TAC 2015 Conference, CSU campuses presented their success stories and this community conversation is used to ask questions, provide comments and suggestions.Continue

Started by Gerry Hanley. Last reply by Naomi Moy Feb 16, 2015.

Comment Wall

Comment by Sandra Bozarth on March 1, 2016 at 5:00pm
I received your email message Leslie. Thanks
Comment by Linda Woods on May 19, 2016 at 10:00am

Not sure how to start a new thread; but here I go. Has anyone developed a short fact sheet for facult on AB798? I need to put something together to explain it (down and dirty) and thought I'd try here before I reinvent the wheel?  Linda

Comment by Shannon Meadows on May 19, 2016 at 10:08am

This RFP rubric is a good start


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