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OER and Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)

Information on free and low-cost textbook and courseware options: what they are, how to find them, and programs to support their adoption.

Apply for AL$ Funding to Reduce Textbook Costs

The Affordable Learning Solutions program at Cal Maritime supports the adoption of free and low-cost course materials. Information on recent and current opportunities is listed below. If you are interested in seeking funding for attending professional development with a focus on open and affordable course materials, contact the AL$ Coordinator.

If you have an idea in mind and are wondering whether it will fit with the program, or have any other questions, please contact Kitty Luce, AL$ Coordinator!

What to know while you're converting your course(s)

Once your proposal to convert your course sections to free or low-cost course materials is approved, it's a good idea to start gathering information early! To receive the stipend, you'll need to complete the guiding questions document below, describing your new course materials and how they affected your students, in order to create a course showcase on the MERLOT / COOL4Ed websites. Here are a few documents to guide you.


Zero-Cost Course Materials in the Course Schedule

Course sections which don't cost students anything in course materials such as textbooks and online access codes can be given a "zero-cost course materials (ZCCM) attribute in the course schedule. Please contact your AL$ Coordinator if you have questions or your course should be listed.

AL$ Project Team, 2020-2021

The AL$ Project Team conducts monthly meetings to support affordable learning on campus. It includes faculty representing as many campus departments as possible; the Campus Coordinator(s) and Faculty Ambassador(s); representatives from the Bookstore, Academic Technology, Disability Services, and IT, with governance support from the Dean of the Library and Learning Services, the AVP of Academic Affairs, and the Provost.

Faculty representation on the ALS Project Team, 2020-2021, includes:

  • Katherine (Kitty) Luce, AL$ Coordinator, Library
  • Brent Pohlmann, Faculty Ambassador, Sciences & Math
  • Ariel Setniker, Sciences & Math    
  • Julianne Chisolm, Culture & Communication
  • Christine Isakson, International Business & Logistics
  • Samuel B. Pearson, Marine Transportation   


Accessibility for AL$ Course Materials

Any materials used in CSU courses need to comply with Section 508, being accessible to all students with or without disabilities. If you have questions, review the resources at Cal Maritime's accessibility websitecheck with the Department of Academic Technology or Disability Services at Cal Maritime.


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