This initiative is designed to accomplish several goals regarding creating, discovering, and building course materials that are alternatives to traditional textbooks. We do not disparage the use of traditional textbooks, rather we provide information and support for faculty looking for alternatives to the traditional textbook course materials model. We believe that implementation of alternative materials (library subscription content, open access textbooks, Open Educational Resources) can provide one or all the following positive outcomes for students and faculty:
Provide No-Cost or Low-Cost Alternative Course Materials to Students
Adoption of High-Impact OER and/or Open Courseware
Creation of OER that is Freely Open for Repurposing and Sharing
Construction of Flexible Course Materials Consistent with Course Pedagogy
ALMI Statement of Intent
"We endeavor to assist with investigation, discovery, and implementation of Open Educational Resources and/or Alternative & Affordable Learning Materials for the purpose of successfully supporting our faculty and our students"
Increase access, discovery, and creation of high-quality, no-cost learning materials for all students at Buffalo State through utilization of resources in the library, the public domain, and the Creative Commons.
Need help finding, creating, or adopting OER/affordable materials? We're here to help! The Affordable Learning Materials team can support you every step of the way. Contact Chris Hulsman (ALMI Liaison) for general information and assistance finding materials. For general information about ALMI & OER Please fill out the form below.
The button below will create a ticket for assistance with Lumen Learning courseware products and LMS integration. For more information on Lumen Learning Courseware please see the SUNY OER Services page on this site. Lumen Learning Courseware is free to all SUNY faculty and students.
Start your ALMI and/or OER search by contacting Chris Hulsman, Electronic & Educational Resources Librarian. Butler Library can assist you with discovery of OER and Alternative Learning Materials. Alternative materials can come in numerous formats with varying levels of copyright. Contact us to learn more!
Instructional Design & Distance Learning is here to assist you integrate your Alternative Materials, OER, or open courseware into your LMS course shell.
John Draeger: Director, Teaching & Learning Center / Professor, Philosophy
Are you in need of more information? Keep on the lookout for upcoming information sessions and workshops regarding Alternative Learning Materials & OER! Do you current use ALM or OER? Have you created OER? We want to hear your story and share it! Consider sharing your experiences in a workshop! Contact Butler Library if you're interested!