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AL$ Annual Conference 2021

The AL$ Annual Conference occurred virtually on February 4-5, 2021. All of the session recordings are now available on the AL$ Conference webpage.

What's New in the AL$ Community

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Cal OER Conference

Cal OER August 4 - 6, 2021

On behalf of the Cal OER Organizing Committee, we invite you to PRESENT at the 2021 Cal OER ConferenceThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., held virtually on August 4 - 6, 2021.

Cal OER will focus on OER efforts and impact, broadly defined, across the state of California and especially across the state’s three public higher education systems, the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California. Individuals submitting proposals will be asked to identify which of the following tracks is most aligned with their proposal:

  1. Engaging Students in OER
  2. Advocating for OER
  3. Sustaining OER 
  4. Exploring OER
  5. Demonstrating the Impact and Efficacy of OER
  6. Open Pedagogy

We hope you will consider sharing your work during the conference. Detailed information about presentation formats can be found on the Cal OER Proposal pageThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. and presentation proposals can be submitted via the Cal OER Proposal FormThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.. Proposals are due by Friday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m. We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Registration information is coming soon.

Thank you,

The Cal OER Organizing Committee

  • Delmar Larsen (UCD AggieOpen)
  • Michelle Pilati (ASCCC OERI)
  • Leslie Kennedy (CSU AL$)
  • James Glapa-Grossklag (College of the Canyons)
  • Peter Brantley (UCD AggieOpen)
  • Shelli Wynants (CSU Fullerton)
  • Theresa Dykes (CSU AL$)

Open Education Week, March 1-5, 2021

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An annual celebration, Open Education Week (OE Week) This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.is an opportunity for actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education worldwide.

Started in 2012 by the Open Education GlobalThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. as a collaborative, community-built open forum, Open Education Week seeks to raise awareness and highlight open education efforts worldwide. OE Week provides practitioners, educators and students an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world.

Call for Proposals: Cascadia Open Education Summit

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The Cascadia Open Education SummitThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. invites you to share your groundbreaking ideas, research, and best practices for using open educational resources (OER) or engaging in open educational practices. There will be an opportunity to learn, share, and network with colleagues throughout the full conference. Submit a presentation proposalThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Learning Everywhere: Open Educational Resources in the COVID-19 Era

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Ideal for online learning, low- and no-cost learning materials leave room for faculty innovation while increasing student access and cost savings.

​​​​In these challenging times, the California State University continues to develop ways to reduce students' expenses while maintaining a high-quality education. The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)This link will take you to an external website in a new tab. is an innovative program that enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable (and even free) quality educational content for students across the 23 CSU campuses.  Read Full ArticleThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CSU Responds to Coronavirus Outbreak

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The safety and well-being of California State University students, faculty and staff are foundational concerns for the institution. On this site, you’ll find Information about the university’s response to the outbreak, as well as links to individual campuses.

Learn about the CSU's ResponseThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Learn about the CSU Campus Continuity plansThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Initiatives undeway for low-cost, free textbooks for California college students

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Students seeking alternatives to buying books - Ashley A. Smith

Universities across California, especially in the 23-campus California State University system, have become more transparent about textbooks and more proactive in assigning free, digital or low-cost books to students.  Full ArticleThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CSU's MERLOT is featured as the "mothership of OER" in Campus Technology

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"This one ought to be called the OER Mothership, since you couldn't do much better than to begin your OER content search here...." Full ArticleThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CA Lawmakers Pass Food Security Bill Aimed at Helping College Students ABC 10

The bill would create a standardized form for colleges and universities to work with counties to enroll students in CalFreshThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.ArticleThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

No Textbook? Not a Problem - CSU Bakersfield Exploring Z Degree Majors

Zero-cost course materials are materials in which students can find online, for free, compared to their counterpart, textbooks.  This the defining characteristic of a Z- Major.  Affordable Learning Solutions and Textbook Affordability Coordinator Sandra Bozarth, spoke on the subject stating that, "if students are being provided their textbooks for free, in whatever format it is, I think that is going to help them succeed better in class."  FULL ARTICLEThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

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