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Cal Poly Humboldt's Sustainable Learning Program is a campus strategy for implementing the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative. This faculty development program aims to decrease the cost of an education by promoting and supporting faculty in evaluating and adopting high-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks and open educational resources (OER), and other resources that reduce the need for costly textbooks.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free online teaching and learning materials. They are videos, textbooks, quizzes, learning modules and more. This guide collects the best OER and organizes them by HSU department. If your discipline isn't listed, start with the general tab for multi-disciplinary OER resources. Using OER in your classroom can save you time and your students money. Take a look and see what is available in your discipline!
In addition, an immediate way you can help to reduce the cost of college education and increase student success is to promote textbooks on reserve in the Library and by placing your required readings on reserve.
[Research provided by the 2016 Florida Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey. Studies by Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Student Public Interest Research Groups corroborate the findings.]
Survey results of 309 Humboldt students during Fall 2016 showed:
Interested in learning more? Read about the program in Humboldt NOW: New Options Save Students $1 million in Books since 2016.
A Canvas course dedicated to teaching you the ins and outs of OER as well as how to implement them into your class. We offer $300 stipends available for those who take the training course.