What is Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG)?
Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) is:
a. A University System of Georgia (USG) initiative to promote student success by providing affordable textbook alternatives.
b. A one-stop service to help USG faculty and staff identify lower-cost, electronic, free, and open educational resources (OER), building on the cost-effective subscription resources provided by GALILEO and the USG libraries.
c. A California State University-MERLOT partner benefit service.
Affordable Learning Georgia helps to fulfill the University System of Georgia Strategic Plan Imperative 1: Reaffirm Commitment to Collegiate Access and Affordability: The USG will maintain its longstanding commitment to collegiate access, affordability, and value.
To learn more about how open educational resources and open textbooks can move affordability, choice, and accessibility forward, check out ALG's OER Research Collection page.
Textbook Transformation Grants
The State of Georgia’s budget includes funding to support a USG initiative, Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG), which focuses on reducing the costs of textbooks and the enhancement of GALILEO, Georgia’s Virtual Library and ALG’s parent initiative. A key strategy is to provide grant-supported opportunities for USG faculty, libraries, and institutions to transform their use of textbooks and other learning materials into lower cost options. The Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grants are intended to:
a. Pilot different approaches in USG courses for textbook transformation including adoption, adaptation, and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or identification and adoption of materials already available in GALILEO and USG libraries.
b. Provide support to faculty, libraries, and their institutions to implement these approaches.
c. Lower the cost of college for students and contribute to their retention, progression, and graduation.