The James B. Duke Memorial Library has been selected to participate in a pilot Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative and will receive $8,000 for assisting faculty and students with Open Education Resources (OER) ‘Affordable Learning Solutions’.
This opportunity is made possible through the California State University’s (CSU) Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) in partnership with Tennessee State University and grant awards from the Hewlett Packard and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations.
The Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative (AL$) aims to ease the financial burden of paying for textbooks. The program uses several strategies to provide students with affordable options for learning including access to free online materials and courses, low cost to free e-textbooks, OER library resources, and free faculty professional development and training.
The success of this initiative has produced both significant cost savings, as well as teaching enhancements and improvement in learning. Please check out CSU’s Cool4Ed Website of OER Resources for academic disciplines across the spectrum of higher education.