SF State Faculty Save Students $2.5 Million

Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Justin reading a textbook

SF State Faculty Save Students $2.5 million* with Affordable Materials!

Affordable Learning is a priority at SF State. Through Open Educational resources (OER) and/or Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM), faculty can make their courses more affordable and equitable.

Academic Technology, The Leonard Library, the DPRC, and the SFSU Bookstore support faculty in replacing costly textbooks with lower cost alternatives by using high-quality open educational resources (OER), library resources, digital or customized textbooks, and/or faculty-authored materials.  Every dollar counts for many students. If students cannot afford the assigned class materials, they may try to learn without them.

*Total potential savings based on the cost of materials and course enrollments 2014 - 2017.

Do you have an idea that can help cut the cost of instructional materials for SF State students?

Submit an AIM Project Proposal (Awards range from $250 - $2,500)


Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:00am - 1:30pm (LIB 242 & LIB 286)

Join our community of practice to develop your "commons" mindset. We’ll explore the what, why, and how of OER, including, but not limited to: open textbooks, freely-available online resources, library resources available to registered students, custom-published materials that include some royalty-free content, and faculty-created content.

At this workshop, you will have the opportunity to work directly with instructional designers to learn how to find, evaluate, and adapt high quality open educational materials in your courses.

You can also learn about successful adoptions of OER on campus with faculty leads and experts from the Library, DPRC, and Academic Technology to help you make your implementation of OER more effective.

Lunch will be provided. After lunch, librarians and instructional designers will be available for one-on-one consults.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.

Questions? Please email iteach@sfsu.edu.

Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) Awareness Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm (LIB 286)

Do your students avoid purchasing required textbooks because they cost too much? Are you interested in lowering the student cost of course materials?

At this event, you will have the opportunity to hear first-hand how faculty have creatively helped lower the cost of materials to students in many ways. You can also learn what the AIM team has planned to support more faculty in finding ways to save students money this academic year, including interactive workshops, one-one consultations, and other funded opportunities. 

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.

For more information on OER resources, visit SF State’s Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) website. For more information on the CSU's affordable learning initiative, visit the CSU's Affordable Learning $olutions website.