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This guide promotes and helps discover open, affordable, low or no-cost textbooks and course materials.
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This guide promotes the use of open, affordable, low or no-cost textbooks and course materials. It points to online resources that can be integrated into courses by Sac State faculty members as alternatives to the use of expensive textbooks, and it highlights efforts by Sac State faculty to provide lower cost material to their students.


ALS at Sacramento State

Academic Technology & Creative Services AL$ web page.


CSU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)

Affordable Learning Solutions 

In 2010, the California State University Chancellor’s Office launched the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) campaign “to enable faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students."

Choosing Affordable Course Materials
:  Many CSU campuses have initiated Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) campaigns, which provide  faculty and students with an easier way to find no-cost and lower-cost course materials.

    • The AL$ website is a comprehensive resource for finding alternative free and low cost course materials.

    • The CSU Rent Digital program provides faculty and students the option of choosing many digital textbooks for 60% or more off the new textbook price.

    • The CSU also has partnered with Academic Pub to provide faculty an easy-to-use custom publishing services that clears the copyright of the materials compiled in their custom digital or print book and lets the faculty know how much the ebook or print book will cost the student.


Merlot is a CSU Affordable Learning Solution


  • CSU-MERLOT has launched a student-centered website, for finding, personalizing, and sharing free online learning modules (over 40,000), free online textbooks (over 2,300), and free online courses (over 5,000).

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