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Vol. 5 No. 2 Fall 2012
Institute for Teaching and Learning Connections

CSU Affordable Learning Solutions

Brett Christie, Ph.D.

Academic Technology Services, California State University

Since Spring 2010, CSU Affordable Learning Solutions has developed tools and resources that enable campuses to drive down the cost of learning resources for students while offering greater access to free or low-cost academic content for faculty. An initial outcome is a “one-stop shop” for faculty and students to explore the range of free and low-cost resources and tools available.

Between 1986 and 2004, textbook prices rose 186% in the U.S., or slightly more than six percent per year (GAO, 2005). The 2008 California Bureau of State Auditor Report indicates that CSU students paid $812 per year for textbooks, a significant percentage of students’ total cost for their education. Applying the historic textbook inflation trend of 6.1% annually means CSU students are now paying approximately $1,000 per year for textbooks.

Each CSU campus has been working to improve the affordability of course materials for their students.There are some exemplary practices at various CSU campuses yielding significant results in lowering student costs while actually increasing quality and access.

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2012 CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Summer Institute

Dr. Wayne Tikkanen

Director, Institute for Teaching and Learning

The CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning held it’s Summer Institute from June 25 – 27th, 2012 and provided workshops addressing tools for program level general education assessment. Teams from 15 CSU campuses and a Project Compass team with membership drawn from three community colleges attended the Institute, totaling 70 faculty and three administrators.

The workshops addressed topics which were identified by the participants in the October 2011 GE Symposium as tools which would be useful and important in the general education assessment action plans developed by their campus teams at the Symposium. These tools included instruments to assess critical thinking, rubric design and implementation at the program level, and application of ePortfolios to program level assessment.

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Faculty Development for Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities

Terre Allen, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Faculty Center for Professional Development
California State University, Long Beach terre.allen@csulb.edu

Typically, faculty development activities focus exclusively on teaching and learning, or a broader mission associated with supporting faculty work.  CSULB’s Faculty Center for Professional Development’s mission is the latter, “initiating programs and implementing services that support all members of the faculty in their multiple roles and responsibilities in the university's academic community.”  Servicing a broad mission is rewarding and challenging and requires partnerships with other campus units to provide efficient and effective faculty support for teaching, scholarly/creative activities, and service. 

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October 17 - 19, 2012
Conference on Excellence in Learning and Teaching @ CSU Chico

October 26, 2012
CSU New Department Chair Workshop @ CSULB. Register by October 12.

November 13, 2012
Free lecture @ Cal Poly Pomona- Salman Khan "Rethinking Education"

January 14, 2013
Save the Date! Technology Innovations and Pedagogy conference at CSU Fresno from 11a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact Ida Jones for more information.

February 22, 2013
Linda Nilson, Clemson University, will discuss her book "Teaching at its Best @ Cal Poly Pomona. Contact Dr. Victoria Bhavsar

February 22 - 23, 2013
16th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching @ Cal Maritime Academy.

Spring 2013
Twenty-Seventh Annual California State University Student Research Competition @ CSU Chico

July 9 - 11, 2013
CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Summer Institute @ CSU Chancellor's Office. Contact Dr. Wayne Tikkanen

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