Community College Summit - Welcome and Affordable Learning Solutions

Workshop Session 1
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Affordable Learning Solutions

Lowering the cost of course materials makes education more affordable and provides students more opportunities to learn. The presentation will showcase the free and open online educational resources in academic disciplines and career and technical training areas available for community colleges to adopt today. Faculty, staff, students, and program developers can discover free curriculum and program support materials from the SkillsCommons free and open library ( and plan how to bring affordable learning solutions to their own campus community.

Affordable Learning Solutions - Collaborative Ideation/Table Talk Challenges
In small groups, participants will discuss and plan ways they can use the variety of resources and tools to implement their own affordable learning solutions initiative on their own campuses. Table discussions will focus on campuses’ readiness for affordable learning solutions as well as the challenges participants will face in planning and implementation. Tables will have an opportunity to share their ideas with the entire group.



Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, and SkillsCommons ( for the California State University, the Director for the Center for Usability for Design and Accessibility and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. At MERLOT and SkillsCommons, he directs the development and sustainability of the international consortium and technology strategy to provide open educational services to improve teaching and learning and continues to development the US Department of Labor's open repository of educational resources for workforce development. Gerry's previous positions include Assistance Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, the Director of Faculty Development and Director of Strategy Planning at CSU, Long Beach.

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