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Directory of Providers

Directory of Providers

The California State University Affordable Learning $olutions' new Directory of Providers is a resource of low-cost and no-cost course materials for faculty and academic departments that help lower the costs for students. 

The participants in the program offer course materials in formats that provide significant savings over traditional materials. If interested, the AL$ Team can supply statements and plans for accessibility, demos to review the materials and formats, confirmation of whether the course material is low or no cost, and access and duration options for students. In addition, each provider has supplied evidence of effective use on at least one CSU campus.

Please note: Inclusion in the Directory of Providers does not confirm that a systemwide license or agreement is in place between the CSU Office of the Chancellor and provider.

 

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BVT’s LAB BOOK This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.provides an interactive eBook with integrated lab and classroom for all of BVT’s nationally-marketed titles, designed for all devices. Students can add notes and highlights, do in-chapter comprehension questions, and explore multimedia. They can also access study resources in the lab, such as practice questions, flashcards, chapter summaries and lecture slides. Instructors can use optional classroom features such as auto-graded assessments, sharing of instructor notes and highlights throughout the eBook, and monitoring student activity and progress within the book and lab. The ability for instructors to customize the content of the book and lab will be available soon.

Used by: Chico, East Bay, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Northridge, San Bernardino, San Marcos

Contact: Christine Davies, Sales and Marketing Manager, BVT Publishing

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FlatWorld—engaging, affordability-friendly digital-first textbooks. Reclaim your time and unlock student engagement with a comprehensive textbook system designed for you and your students. Each textbook comes fully-equipped with a suite of instructor supplements, quiz and homework system at no additional cost, as well as a dedicated support team. Your students will start class prepared and ready to participate thanks to our accessible, digital platform and affordable prices. FlatWorld offers over 140 digital and print textbooks, across 22 disciplines. Textbooks are priced from $24.95 to $39.95. Join the thousands of professors already using a FlatWorld textbook.

Used by: BakersfieldThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., Channel IslandsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., ChicoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., Dominguez HillsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., East BayThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., FresnoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., FullertonThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., Long BeachThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., Los AngelesThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., MaritimeThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., Monterey BayThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., NorthridgeThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., PomonaThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., SacramentoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., San BernardinoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., San FranciscoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., San Luis ObispoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., San DiegoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., San JoseThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., San MarcosThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., SonomaThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab., StanislausThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Contact: Alastair Adam, Co-CEO, FlatWorld

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Human KineticsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. offers textbooks, e-books, online courses, courseware, instructor ancillary materials, and study guides in the areas of fitness, strength and conditioning, dance, physical therapy, coaching, kinesiology, physical education, sport mgmt., and several other areas.

Used by: Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Diego

Contact: Kari Testory, Higher Ed Sales Director, Human Kinetics

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AchieveThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.—Macmillan Learning has several market-leading software solutions which have served over 20 million students in the past decade. Four years ago, we set out to take the best features of each solution and marry them into a platform that is intuitive and flexible. Achieve This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.is that platform with a comprehensive set of interconnected teaching and assessment tools that incorporates the most effective elements from Macmillan’s market leading solutions - including Sapling, LaunchPad, iClicker and others - into a single, easy to use platform. Achieve offers an ebook, course- and book-specific resources, a gradebook, LearningCurve adaptive quizzing, assessment tools, insights and reporting, and integration options. Achieve is designed to engage all students inside and outside the classroom and at all levels of motivation and preparedness to improve student success. The instructor and student experience is the heart of Achieve, from our initial development, to the ease of use, to our expert customer support - and is available across a variety of disciplines and courses. For a complete list of disciplines covered, please visit https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/digital/achieve#disciplines This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Achieve DemoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Used by: Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, San Jose

Contact: Suzanne Slope, California Regional Manager, Macmillan

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iClicker—For more than a decade, iClicker’s mission has been to create simple, flexible and reliable classroom solutions to promote active learning. Used by millions of students at more than 1,300 institutions, we are proud to uphold that mission by continuing to partner with students, instructors and technologists to create innovative, pedagogically-sound learning tools. iClicker is an intuitive and flexible student engagement and attendance solution for use in any classroom (online, hybrid, or in-person) that utilizes polling, quizzing and assignments tools to engage every learner, check students' understanding, and enable instructors to intervene early to increase student success. iClicker features quick setup and an effortless design so instructors can get started in minutes and transform their classroom with actionable, immediate feedback and results.

iClicker Cloud Polling DemoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Used by: San Bernardino, San Jose

Contact: Suzanne Slope, California Regional Manager, Macmillan

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iOLab Wireless Lab SystemThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. is a revolutionary hardware and software solution for your physics lab that combines measurement devices and components needed for hundreds of physics labs into a single device and links them to a software solution for gathering data and recording results. Instructors can share lab activities with students and students can complete lab-style physics experiments remotely. iOLab can replace or augment your current lab setup and is perfect for online, hybrid or traditional classes. Technical specifications can be found at https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/digital/iolab/technical-specsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

iOlab Video DemosThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Used by: Pomona, San Bernardino

Contact: Suzanne Slope, California Regional Manager, Macmillan

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Your Words. Your Way. ®

That is not just a tagline but rather the foundation upon which our service reputation has been built.

Hayden-McNeil Publishing is a part of Macmillan Learning's Curriculum Solutions division. Curriculum Solutions brings together the quality and reputation of Bedford/St. Martin's, W.H. Freeman, and Worth Publishers content with Hayden-McNeil's expertise in publishing original custom print and digital products for the higher education market.

Our Hayden-McNeil Student LabThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. Notebooks are the #1 selling carbonless laboratory notebooks in the market and the gold standard in laboratory education! The benefits to using a student lab notebook are strongly aligned with a successful science curriculum. These include: clear organization and recording of observations allows students to sharpen their inquiry abilities; use as a formative assessment tool, lab notebooks can greatly enhance the student — instructor relationship; dry labbing is eliminated; cheating is shut down; detailed recording of student observations tracks the evolution in student comprehension of scientific concepts.

There is no better way to understand the Hayden-McNeil Advantage than to experience working with us yourself. Our business was founded on the principle of providing the ultimate service to instructors to professionally author and publish their own course materials.

Learn more about Hayden-McNeil Digital Lab SolutionsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Used by: Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, Pomona, San Diego, San Marcos

Contact: Suzanne Slope, California Regional Manager, Macmillan

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Skyfactor Benchworks provides program assessment and benchmarking that is professionally developed and validated with results presented in an intuitive dashboard. Skyfactor Benchworks enables institutions to identify issues and areas of focus to make informed investment decisions; better serve and engage students; and continuously improve programs. Areas of assessment include academic programs (business, nursing, engineering, teacher education) and student affairs programs (campus climate, college union, first year, new student, housing/residence life, orientation, student activities, student services).

Skyfactor Student Affairs DemoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Used by: East Bay, Fullerton, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, San Bernardino, San Marcos

Contact: Suzanne Slope, California Regional Manager, Macmillan

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panOpenThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. is a courseware platform that enables faculty and schools to use OER more effectively. Traditionally, OER meant instructors had to create everything on their own. panOpen fills that need by providing a library of high-quality, peer-reviewed course material that spans a wide range of subjects while remaining low cost, interactive & mobile ready. panOpen is committed to provide equity and access to all students.

panOpen DemoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Used by: Los Angeles

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Pearson Higher EducationThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.—Research-based content delivered with bookstore partnership Inclusive Access automatically gives all students in participating courses access to their course materials in digital format by the first day of classes at prices 12%-60% less than other formats. eBook content is predominantly delivered in EPUB format to meet accessibility ICT standards (WCAG 2.1, Section 508 & 504 Compliance). Content is continually updated with digital dynamic updates, to provide relevant, current content and save on costs.

Used by: Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, San Jose

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Top Hat This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.is a low cost content provider and student engagement platform accessible via mobile or web. Top Hat works with Universities and their professors to tackle issues such as: Student affordability, accessible content development, improving student course engagement and providing insights to improve learner outcomes. Top Hat welcomes the opportunity to support the AL$ program.

Through their content marketplace Top Hat gives professors the ability to adopt low cost, engaging, and customizable course material. The marketplace has a mixture of organically developed Top Hat content, as well as content from their publishing partners such as OpenStax, Fountainhead Press & bluedoor Publishing. All of Top Hat’s textbooks are designed to be affordable and as engaging as possible for students with interactive elements embedded throughout the text. In addition to this, professors have the ability to customize their version of the text to suit their classes needs.

Top Hat also gives you the ability to author interactive textbooks, coursepacks, and other materials through the platform. Those who decide to author with Top Hat are teamed up with an authoring project manager to help them through the process and ensure they have the support they need.

Used by: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Sonoma, Stanislaus

Contact: Luke Henshaw, Instructional Partnership Director, Top Hat

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E-platform provider: Vitalsource This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.has the best in class eReader, Bookshelf, allowing students to access content online and offline. VitalSource Connect is industry leading technology for the management of digital delivery of eText and courseware from both inside and outside the LMS Content provider: VitalSource Videoclips is the largest online catalog of video content for course creators. VST Videoclips contain both current event videos as well as educational videos. Content provider: VitalSource has Enhanced the top twelve Open Staxx titles with multi-media, true/false questions, multiple choice and interactivity.

Used by: Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Pomona

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W. W. Norton’s textbooks and learning tools (InQuizitive and Smartwork) are class tested, not crowdsourced. 

InQuizitiveThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. is an award-winning, easy-to-use adaptive learning tool which helps students retain key concepts and come to class better prepared. InQuizitive personalizes individual students’ learning paths so they receive more questions on topics they’re struggling with. Each question includes detailed feedback, and the wagering points feature helps students assess their own understanding. Detailed performance analytics help instructors identify where students are struggling so that they can intervene at crucial points during the learning process. With LMS integration, single sign-on and automatic grade transfer simplifies student access and saves instructors time.

InQuizitive DemoThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Smartwork This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.helps students become better problem solvers. It offers a variety of interactive question types, extensive answer-specific feedback, instructor flexibility, and LMS integration. Smartwork is available to accompany textbooks in Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Geology, and Economics. Instructors can get started quickly with premade assignments or customize questions and add their own content. Students answer interactive questions that build key skills required of their course. Answer-specific feedback coaches students as they work. Detailed performance analytics help instructors identify where students are struggling so that they can intervene at crucial points during the learning process. With LMS integration, single sign-on and automatic grade transfer simplifies student access and saves instructors time.

Used by: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, San Jose, San Marcos, Sonoma, Stanislaus

Contact: Andrea Knab, Western Regional Manager, W. W. Norton and Co.


Interested in joining the AL$ Directory of Providers?

You are encouraged to apply for inclusion in the Directory of Providers by completing and submitting the Provider Program ApplicationThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab..

Printable version of the application This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.(for those who would like to work on and collect the required information for the application off-line). When ready, please use the printable version to complete and submit the on-line application.


Content Creation Tools

Commercial and free authoring tools are available for faculty to easily customize their course materials so that their students are only paying for the resources they will use in their course as well as tailor learning materials to their course curriculum.

 

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Montezuma PublishingThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. has been a recognized leader in the custom course reader market for over 30 years. Offering digital and print course readers, copyright services and more at lower costs than traditional print course materials.

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Create your own engaging, personalized, and interactive online lessons with SoftChalkThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. Cloud. Please check with your campus to see they are a participant in the SoftChalk CSU systemwide license. 

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MERLOT Content BuilderThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. is a free website authoring tool for instructors, students, people in the workforce, and communities to create Open Educational Resources. 


Open Educational Resources

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The three State of California Higher Education Systems are working together to provide you easy access to quality FREE and OPEN eTextbooks that everyone and anyone can use for teaching and learning.  Cool4Ed

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The LibreTextsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. project is a multi-institutional collaborative effort to improve education at all levels of higher learning by developing Open Access Resources.

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The MERLOTThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. system provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers.

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OpenStaxThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab. provides free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks for introductory college and Advanced Placement courses and low-cost, personalized courseware that helps students learn.

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Your FREE and OPEN digital library of Workforce Training Materials. Preparing the Workforce for 21st Century Employment through TAACCCTThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab..