AIM: Affordable Instructional Materials @ SF State

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015
Unit: 
Teaching

Five faculty members have received awards for making their courses more affordable for students. These faculty have joined the affordable learning initiative at SF State to help save students over $300,000.

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According to a recent study conducted by The College Board, the average student attending a four-year public institution spends $1,200 a year on textbook and materials. The Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) project is SF State’s approach to reducing student’s cost of course materials. Supported by funding from the CSU Chancellor’s Office, SF State faculty are attempting to cut student cost by choosing materials that are available for little to no cost.  
 
There are many ways to make learning more affordable and effective for your students by using free or low cost instructional materials:
Utilize the J. Paul Leonard Library resources and article databases that are offered to students at no cost
Explore high quality open educational resources available for free online on the AIM website.
Work with the SF State Bookstore to offer digital (ebook) or rental textbook options 
 
For more information about how to be apart of the Affordable Instructional Materials initiative at SF State visit the AIM website