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Affordable Learning Lander (ALL): Welcome


This guide has been created to provide faculty with resources to get started using open educational resources and library owned materials to lower course material cost for students.

What do we mean by Affordable Learning?

There are two major ways to reduce the cost of course materials for your students:

  1. Use Open Education Resources to replace expensive textbooks and media
  2. Link/embed Library Materials instead of creating costly course packs or requiring media purchases

Affordable Learning Opportunities look to reduce costs for students by substituting low-cost or no-cost resources in place of commercial textbooks. The scope of material used can be wider than just OER materials. Examples include:

  • Using library-licensed materials, including books, eBook, and electronic journal and magazine articles for course instruction, or making use of library course reserves. These materials have already been purchased by libraries or institutions but are no-cost to students.
  • Using existing Open Educational Resources for course instruction and/or modifying/enhancing existing resources.
  • Creating open content that can be used by students you are teaching or by other instructors or scholars.
  • Institutional efforts to negotiate across-the-board lower costs for traditionally published textbooks and materials. 

PASCAL's SCALE Initiative

Professor for Affordable Learning Flyer

Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) has launched an affordable learning initiative called South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE). Jackson Library is teaming up with them to help cut higher education costs for our students by helping you to find and adopt affordable course materials. Learn more about SCALE's programs and resources on their website.

What are OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER), which are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. They include a multitude of formats, including textbooks, full courses, modules, videos, labs, assignments, and assessments.

Why OER Matter?

Students save money: Lander University's estimated cost for textbooks and supplies is ‚Äč$1200. This is in line with national averages which continue to increase at a staggering rate.

Pedagogical freedom: Faculty can add, remove, and modify content to fit their classroom rather than having an expensive textbook dictate topics and order.

Immediate and lasting accessResources can be accessed immediately, retained, and returned to again and again.

What makes them "open"?

OER are licensed in such a way that enables adopters to utilize the 5 Rs:

  1. Retain a copy of the content

  2. Reuse the content in a range of ways

  3. Revise the content as needed

  4. Remix original or revised content with other material

  5. Redistribute the original, revisions, and remixes with others

Creative Commons licenses are often applied to OER to license these rights to adopters.


Creative Commons License
Unless otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some language in this guide's pages have been remixed from the University of South Carolina - Columbia's OER Guide.