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LAVC Receives $50,000 from the College Textbook Affordability Act

LA Valley College is receiving $50,000 from the Textbook Affordability Program to help LAVC faculty create new free or low-cost textbook materials for students. The College Textbook Affordability Act (AB 798) empowers professors at college campuses, like Valley College, to adopt high quality, free and open educational resources for course materials.

LAVC Receives $50,000 from the College Textbook Affordability Act

The California State Chancellor's Office has awarded Los Angeles Valley College $50,000 from the College Textbook Affordability Program to create no- or low-cost textbooks online for students.

The goal of the College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798) is to save college students money by empowering professors and local campuses to adopt high quality, free and open educational resources for course materials. AB 798 was sponsored by Assemblywomen Susan A. Bonilla. 

The LAVC Academic Senate passed a resolution in April 2016 to reduce the cost of textbooks and supplies for students, and to increase access to high-quality open educational resources (OERs). 

The OER Initiative at LA Valley College will use the funds to provide grants for professors to develop open educational resource materials for classes that students can use for their classes. In addition, there will be training and professional development on how to create and use open resource materials in the classroom. Meghan Cason will be leading LAVC's open educational resources efforts as Valley College's textbook affordability campus coordinator (TACC).

For more information about open educational resources, visit the California Open Online Library for Education (COOL4Ed) Web page, or the LAVC OER Initiative Web Page.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 10/26/2016 5:00:08 PM