Affordable Learning is OhioLINK's series of initiatives to lower the cost of college for Ohio higher education students by assisting our member libraries and campuses in identifying strategies for Open and Affordable Learning textbook and course material adoption, and helping locate statewide shareable library materials as well as open educational resources that are no cost or lower cost to students.
Awareness and Advocacy
Open Textbook Network workshops. OhioLINK joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN) and will be hosting a series of OTN workshops on OER textbook adoption across the state in 2017-2018. We held three workshops in November and will be holding two more on March 15 and 16, 2018. Please click here to register.
Affordable Learning Ambassadors. Our team of trained volunteers from member institutions is ready to advise on campus and library affordable learning and OER initiatives across the state. Their collective expertise in finding appropriate resources, copyright, and supporting the modification and creation of Open Education Resources can assist your campus in starting a local affordable learning initiative.
AffordLearn Listserv. If you would like to join the OhioLINK Affordable Learning Listserv, where conversations and information about Affordable Learning initiatives in Ohio are taking place, please send an email to Anna Bendo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery and Visibility
A-Z Affordable Learning DatabaseSearch a growing list of resources for affordable learning materials to use in the classroom. These materials are Open Access, Open Educational, and OhioLINK licensed resources that are no cost to Ohio higher education students.
OER Commons: In 2018, OhioLINK will implement a branded instance of OER Commons, to host Ohio-created OER content and make curating and collaborating OER resources for Ohio-specific programs easier. The OhioLINK OER Commons is part of our support for the Ohio Higher Education Innovation grant for OER adoption and creation among 17 institutions, including the Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, and a coalition of community colleges under the umbrella of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.