Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) is a CSU program to help save students money by looking at alternatives to the high cost of textbooks. At Chico State we call it CALS, and our yearly project to do so (TAP) just received $20,000 to work with Chico State faculty to reduce costs to students for the 2015-16 academic year. Textbook Alternatives Project (TAP) is in its third year of providing alternative choices and support to accomplish changes in one course of your choosing. It has a simple goal = save students money!
Applications are now available for TAP, year three (or TAP3). Find the application packet online, http://www.csuchico.edu/cals/tap/index.shtml. Be sure to look over the website and see the year one and year two projects for TAP.
If you have questions about the process or application, you may contact Laura Sederberg (Manager of TLP) who coordinates this project with the CSU. Faculty Learning Community is formed for each year’s cohort and we bring in guest speakers, faculty librarians, instructional technology consultants, bookstore representatives, and members from CELT to help you think through what you would like to accomplish to save your students money. Applications are due by September 11, 2015, submit to Laura Sederberg in TLP, zip 005.
Those of you willing to write your own textbook or other online resources may decide to try producing them with assistance from an application called SoftChalk. It helps you author materials that can then be put into Blackboard Learn rather easily. You may choose to build your own e-Book, or other Open Education Resources (OER). For questions, contact Laura Sederberg, manager of the Technology and Learning Program (TLP), by phone 898-4326 or campus email.