Take advantage of the open education resources (OER) directory we have compiled. OERs are designed to be reused, remixed and shared, so you can customize your solution.
Use the OER search box on the right to find OERs aligned with the content of your current texts. You can also search from within Cougar Courses.
Use Library Materials and the library ereserves.
Don't Purchase Text Packs or Add-ons just for the quizzes and tests. These are very costly for students and the test banks can often be imported into Cougar Courses for free. Contact IDS for help with this.
Consider Sticking with older versions of texts. Publishers release “new” editions about every three years which typically cost 12% more than the previous edition. Let the bookstore know you want the older edition, or allow students to use any edition.
Rent digital. The CSU’s Rent Digital Program is saving students 60% or more off new print textbook costs on over 50,000 popular titles. All the major textbook publishers are participating. The downside - these books are usually a 3 month rental, so may end up costing more than a used copy of a physical text students can sell back.
Are you using multiple texts but assigning just a portion of each text? Custom publishers such as XanEdu, or LAD Custom Publishing (through CSUSM bookstore) offer faculty the ability to create a custom text including articles, book chapters, web sites, and other materials. Custom publishers provide copyright clearance and a running total price as you build your book.
Communicate with the campus bookstore.
Submitting course material requests to the bookstore on time allows them to buy back books at the end of the semester and offer a sufficient supply of used books.
Let them know if you plan to use a book for at least two years and want the book available for rent.
When ordering materials, ask the bookstore for suggestions on reducing costs and or various packaging options.
Visit the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions Website to find quality free or low cost course content, learn more about the Rent Digital program and listen to or view discussions of AL$ at http://als.csuprojects.org.
Free Open Education Resources
Find free education resources associated with your textbook by entering the ISBN # in the search below.