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Welcome to the open, online  and community for campus coordinators, leaders, mentors, and facilitators of textbook affordability plans by campuses in the  the California State University. 

The California Open Online Library for Education (COOL4Ed) is supporting this online community to aid CSU campuses developing successful proposals for saving students money on course materials through the support for faculty choosing and using quality, online, free and open educational resources.

Website: http://www.cool4ed.org
Location: Long Beach, CA
Members: 31
Latest Activity: Feb 1

Request for Proposals for the California College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798(

RFP for AB 798 - You will find background information, the RFP, and the evaluation rubric for determining funding for proposals submitted for review.   The California OER Council will be reviewing the proposals.

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Developing your campus textbook affordability plan: Discussion Forum 1 Reply

This discussion forum is focused on helping campuses develop their textbook affordability plan as part of their proposal for funding from CA AB 798 legislation.   Faculty and staff from CSU and CCC can ask questions, share ideas, share draft plans by uploading documents, and more in the discussion forum.   COOL4Ed staff will facilitate the forum.Continue

Started by Gerry Hanley. Last reply by maria katosvich Aug 31, 2016.

Resources for AB 798 Grant Fulfillment and New DOE Inclusive Access Guidelines 5 Replies

Hello Cool4Ed Voices - 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 or other OER to course outcomes. The link below provides access to slides describing how:…Continue

Started by Shannon Meadows. Last reply by maria katosvich Aug 31, 2016.

AB 798 RFP Prep Toolkits Available

AB 798 RFP Prep Toolkits AvailableWhile Toolkit #1 offers help with beginning the process of finding campus partners, orienting yourself with OER, and writing a proposal for submission,and Toolkit #2 offers help with creating elements of your campus plan (including, crafting…Continue

Started by Leslie Kennedy Apr 14, 2016.

Clarifications/Updates to RFP for AB 798 Funds 3 Replies

At the March conference on Textbook Affordability and AB 798, we received a number of requests for clarifications on the RFP.   This discussion forum will be one place where we'll highlight these updates and clarifications.   You are also welcome to ask for clarifications about the RFP as well.Continue

Started by Gerry Hanley. Last reply by Gerry Hanley Mar 21, 2016.

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Comment by LauraS on March 18, 2016 at 12:23pm

Hi folks, may I join your group? Very interested in AL$ and all the variety of organizations and groups working towards affordability for students. From CSU Chico, I coordinate our efforts through our (Textbook Affordability Project (TAP), working closely with the Library and our Faculty Development Center.

Comment by Leslie Kennedy on March 21, 2016 at 12:29pm

Yes, of course, Laura.  Please join.

Comment by Shannon Meadows on May 16, 2016 at 12:18pm

Laura - let us know if you need any information or assistance.

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