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PALM @ Cal State LA

 

Contact Information

Questions/Suggestions can be directed to palm@calstatela.edu.

Scott Breivold
PALM Coordinator
sbreivo@calstatela.edu
323-343-6094

Monika Chavez
Reference Assistant

mchave84@calstatela.edu
323-343-4985

Alejandra Bell
PALM Graduate Assistant

Alejandra.Bell15@calstatela.edu

 

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Program for Affordable Learning Materials (PALM)

The Program for Affordable Learning Materials (PALM) is part of the CSU system-wide Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) campaign, which is "designed to enable faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students." The mission of this program is to make higher education more accessible to students by promoting the use of high-quality, free and low-cost learning materials: "CSU students typically pay over $800 per year for their books. By reducing their expenses, we believe we can provide better access to a quality CSU learning experience." (AL$)

 

COOL4Ed & PALM Grants

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Thinking of switching to open educational or library resources for a class between Summer 2015 - Spring 2016? With sponsorship from the Chancellor's Office and in conjunction with the mission of the California Open Online Library for Eduation (COOL4Ed), PALM is offering $500 & $1000 grants for faculty who make their classes more affordable. Visit PALM Grants for Faculty for more information. Questions? Contact palm@calstatela.edu.

COOL4Ed is a joint program among the California State University, University of California, and California Community College systems. The aim is to provide high-quality open textbook options for the 50 most-impacted courses in California. To learn more, visit the COOL4Ed or CA-OER Council website.

 

Statistics and Information

Who's getting rich off textbooks?

Posted by ATTN: on Thursday, March 12, 2015

 

If each student on campus had at least one class with an open textbook per semmester, Cal State LA students would save over $4 million per year. (Average Textbook Cost * Number of Students * 3 Quarters)

Since 1978, the cost of textbooks has risen 812%-- over three times the rate of inflation. In a survey by U.S. PIRG, 65% of students admitted to not buying a textbook due to cost. Furthermore, of the students who opted not to buy a textbook due to cost, 94% worried that their grade would suffer because of it. For many, textbook costs are a barrier to academic success. 

The current trend to require a textbook's "access code" to unlock further learning materials is directly affecting student's academic performance.  A The "access code model" limits student's ability to find free and/or low-cost learning course materials since the code is only accessible for one person for one specific semester. According to the 2016 PIRG report, 32% of courses across the field require textbooks "access codes."

Studies have shown that open textbooks lead to better outcomes for students. By promoting the use of quality affordable learning materials, we hope to help the learning outcomes of students.

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