Low cost course materials can be described as and delivered in many ways and formats including but not limited to:
Immediate Access Programs are course specific programs that allow students to have access to their digital course materials on the first day of class at no cost through typically the add/drop date. Students make the choice of whether to purchase the digital content or opt out and purchase their course materials elsewhere. Digital textbooks in these programs may be discounted 60% percent or more from print rental and print purchase price or discounted up to 25%-60% from the already low digital rental price. Multiple CSU campuses have implemented similar but different Immediate Access programs. These programs require campus partners working together to establish and coordinate the program with multiple units on the campus and partnerships with publishers.
This concept is not broadly implemented in the CSU due to Executive Order 1102 which addresses student fees. However, a few campuses are piloting the flat-fee concept by providing the funding for the students' materials in their first year or permitting the students to opt-out of the program. Typically, the bookstore determines a flat fee that covers all course materials' needs for each term. The program can be adopted by a discipline, college, cohort, etc. The provider determines the course materials' format (hard copy, digital, etc.). Students then obtain all their materials and/or access web links in a single/one stop shopping experience. The flat-fee is charged to their bursar account.
Digital textbooks are an e-book intended to serve as a text for a class. Digital textbooks may also be known as e-Textbooks or e-texts. They can be as basic as a PDF version of a printed textbook. Many e-Textbooks today are interactive and offer the ability to access multimedia content including embedded videos and interactive presentations and hyperlinks. Testing, assessment tools and the ability to customize within the e-Textbooks are features that may be available as well. Digital e-Textbooks may provide improved access and offer a different or better learning experience for students with disabilities. High-contrast displays, or text to speech programs can provide visually impaired students access to content that a traditional print text could not.
Enhanced OER is an Open Educational Resource (OER) that has been enhanced/integrated and may include similar interactive capabilities as interactive e-Textbooks, such as the ability to access multimedia content including embedded videos and interactive presentations and hyperlinks. Testing, assessment tools and the ability to customize the OER content. Some vendors have adapted OER into more enhanced solutions which will include a fee.
Print Textbooks Used - Rental – Loose Leaf are traditional print textbooks available for purchase in alternative ways. Used textbooks are traditionally priced at 25% or more off the new textbook price. Rental textbooks are typically priced at 25% to 60% off the new textbook price. Loose leaf textbooks may be available through publishers at a lower price than the new printed copy of the same textbook. Contact your Campus Bookstore for additional information.
Adaptive Learning; Platforms-Tools are innovative online learning systems-tools-products also known as online homework systems that use comprehensive online curriculum resources that personalizes the education experience, so you can achieve measurable learning outcomes, and enable collaborative learning.
Custom Course Readers-Materials-Textbooks can include your own materials or works from other sources including articles, sections of books, images, graphs, open educational resources, quizzes or anything you require to teach your course. Custom Course Readers-Materials-Textbooks can be made available in print and be made available in digital format which allows for the inclusion of audio, video, and hyperlinks.