Open Educational Resources - AL$ & AB 798
This initiative is designed to help faculty reduce students’ course materials expenses and maintaining course quality by expanding the use of high-quality open education resources (OER). OER includes open licensed textbooks and materials as well as web-based resources (texts, multimedia, interactive) that reside in the public domain. The initiative contributes to Cal Poly's efforts to improve graduation rates as well as to make the campus more diverse and more inclusive by reducing the cost of earning a Cal Poly degree. Although the CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions ("AL$") and AB 798 programs are two different programs supported by the Chancellor's Office grant initiatives, both programs function to reduce student cost for course materials. In year 2020 students saved $4,017,898 in textbook costs and 34,840 students benefited from the cost savings.
The CSU's two open educational materials grant initiatives (AL$ and AB 798) have similar goals. The core purpose of these programs is to support faculty in reducing course materials’ expenses for students while maintaining course quality. These serve as a major component of Cal Poly’s efforts to make the campus more diverse, more inclusive, and more academically engaging by making a Cal Poly degree more affordable for students. It also contributes to Cal Poly’s Graduation Initiative 2025 by reducing barriers to student progress toward degree completion. The AB 798 grant is completed and funds the OER Department Recognition Awards starting in year 2021.
A new annual AL$ Departmental Recognition Award for AY2020-21 will be earned by the department with the highest number of sections in the departmental curriculum that (1) qualified to be designated “zero-cost course material” (ZCCM) and/or (2) used an open-source adopted textbook. The winning department will receive $4,000 from open education resources grants (Affordable Learning Solutions; AB798) to Cal Poly through the CSU Chancellor’s Office.
Please contact Anne Regan with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
AB 798 was a program sponsored by the CSU Chancellors Office, which supported the adoption of OER by a team of faculty in a department. This grant funded proposals to redesign assignments and homework problems needed due to the adoption of an OER text. It now supports the funding of the OER Department Recognition Awards starting in year 2021.
As an AL$ Ambassador you are eligible to receive stipends that can total up to $1,000 for completing a professional development project and then adopting OER or zero cost course materials for your courses.
Ambassador stipends will be awarded in two phases:
- A $500 stipend can be earned when you participate in a zoom-based session “Transforming Your Course with Open Educational Resources” with Anne Regan and complete the documentation.
- An additional $500 stipend will be awarded for adopting OER or zero cost course material in one or more of your courses. Details for this second phase will be provided during the training session.
In addition to the stipends, AL$ Ambassadors will also receive recognition at the end of the academic year and documentation for your WPAF.
Please contact Anne Regan to begin the process: email@example.com
If you are already using open educational resources in your teaching, we would like to provide you with support and recognition as part of the AL$ Initiative. You are already contributing to an important campus goal of reducing the expenses (and thus the hurdles) for student success in earning a Cal Poly degree. Keeping track of the savings that you have created for your students through the Initiative will help you get appropriate recognition and add to Cal Poly's record of growing savings that assists Cal Poly with future funding.
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