Affordable Learning Solutions
Call for Proposals
Applications for new ZCCM courses for Open Educational Resources (OER) are now being accepted until March 10th. Stipends are available in support of AB 798 and in support of increasing student access to high-quality OER and reducing the cost of instructional materials for students. As part of our campus Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) program, this call for proposals has a limited number of stipends. Priority will be given to courses that would create a zero cost general education pathway and/or a zero cost degree program. Participation means faculty will commit to zero cost course materials (ZCCM) and explore as well as creating and/or adopting the materials for Fall 2023. Faculty are encouraged to apply here.
Apply to be a 2023-24 Zero-Cost Course Materials faculty participant
Stand Up and SHINE!
See who is using OERs and/or low-cost materials in their courses to save their students money.
2022-23 AL$ Faculty Champions
Dermot Donnelly-Hermosillo is an Associate Professor of Chemical Education and the Faculty Coordinator for the AL$/ZCCM Program at Fresno State. He has adopted free OER textbooks in his lower-division Introductory Chemistry and Physical Science courses since 2017, resulting in substantial student savings. He is also committed to supporting other faculty in adopting AL$/ZCCM approaches.
Dr. Selena Van Horn is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Liberal Studies. She continues to serve as the Coordinator for the South Valley Integrated Teacher Education Program. As a literacy researcher and former elementary educator, Dr. Van Horn works with current and future teachers on working for equity and social justice with literacies, languages, and literature. Her research focuses on LGBTQ+ children’s literature, queering literacies, pedagogy, and elementary schools. She is committed to AL$/ZCCM in her courses as an issue of equity and intellectual collaboration.
Jes Therkelsen is a storyteller, explorer, and educator. His documentary work has stretched across six continents and tackled such issues as human rights, sustainable development, and environmental justice. His films have screened in international festivals and broadcasted nationally. He was the first Filmmaker-in-Residence at the College of William and Mary and now teaches in the Media, Communication and Journalism Department at California State University, Fresno. Therkelsen strives to help students find a voice in media-making, and to recognize the power and influence of good storytelling
Dr. Miele is an Associate Professor of Finance and Chair of the Department of Finance and Business Law in the Craig School of Business. Dr. Miele’s research interests are in behavioral finance with a particular focus on investor decision-making; using insights from psychology to try to better understand how human behavior influences the financial decisions of individuals and potentially financial markets. Specifically, she has done work related to cognitive ability, emotional intelligence, risk-taking, path dependent behaviors and financial decision-making using experimental settings.
Dr. Miele has taught a wide variety of courses at Fresno State including Principles of Finance; Intermediate Financial Management; Financial Institutions and Markets; and International Finance. She has converted two of her courses to ZCCM and is currently working on doing the same for an MBA course she is teaching. Her original interest in ZCCM was to help alleviate some of the financial burden that expensive textbooks place on students so that they are able to spend more energy focusing on what they are learning rather than stressing about how they will pay for their materials. As an added bonus, ZCCM has made way for better course design overall. Not being tied to a specific textbook allows for more flexibility in course design, opportunities to include more diverse perspectives and to include more applicable and current topics for students.
Dr. Mario Banuelos is an Assistant Professor & Associate Chair of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno. I am from the small, agricultural town of Delano, California and a first-generation college student. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), and obtained my Ph.D. in Applied Math from the University of California, Merced.
Since beginning at Fresno State as an instructor, all of Dr. Banuelos' courses have been zero cost and most of them have incorporated Open Education Resources (OER), as students should not have to worry about these costs in any class. During the pandemic, he also moved away from exams and has had students share their projects with Creative Commons licenses.
Dr. Tanisha Garcia earned a doctorate of Public Health Services and Master of Health Administration prior to arriving at Fresno State. Dr. Garcia's work focuses on public health and health care initiatives to address health policy and inequities in health, publishing in the areas of organizational leadership and health policy. Dr. Garcia enjoys fishing at Yosemite National Park and spending time at the beach learning how to surf. Textbook prices have skyrocketed for decades. A significant factor in the rising student debt crisis is something many educators don’t think twice about: textbooks. One of Dr. Garcia's most valued aspects in course instruction is to offer course materials at no cost or reduced cost to our students.
Dr. Shahab Tayeb is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Lyles College of Engineering. Since 2018, he has taught 15 different courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs of Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering (four of which have been converted to AL$ offerings). He has also been the recipient of several scholarships and national awards, including a US Congressional Commendation for STEM mentorship.
Dr. Ranjit Riar earned his Ph.D. in Crop Science from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. He teaches Agronomy classes in the department of Plant Science at Fresno state. Courses taught are Cereal and Forage Crops, Aspects of Crop Productivity, Rangeland Ecology and Management, and Row Crops at undergraduate level, and Physiology of Cultivated Plants and Advanced Plant Breeding at the graduate level. All the courses are taught using zero cost course materials. His areas of research include cover crops, salinity, cotton, sorghum, cereal and forage crops, and tillage practices. He joined the department of Plant Science in fall of 2018.
Dr. Maria-Aparecida Lopes is a Professor of History in the Chicano and Latin American Studies and History Departments, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin American history. All her undergraduate classes are ZCCM; students read peer-review articles, which are available through our Library. Her research interests include land reform in Mexico and food supply chains and consumption in the Americas.
AL$/ZCCM Faculty for 2022-23
- Amila Becirbegovic
- Lejla Tricic
- Rohan Jadhav
- Annabella España-Nájera
- Aimee Jacobs
- Jonathan Biggane
- Stephen Choi
- Lizhu Davis
- Helda Pinzon-Perez
- Mitzi Lowe
- Melissa Garrett
- Morgan Hawker
- Candice Cortney
- Kristi Closser
- Jenny Banh
- Lizbeth Marquez
- C.K. Leung
- Sean Slusser
- Andrew Chavez
- Lisa Bryant