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What is Affordable Learning?

Affordable Learning at The University of Akron

Affordable Learning at UA

The University of Akron, in partnership with OhioLINK and the Open Textbook Network, has been working to consolidate efforts around textbook / course materials affordability and open education resource adoption. This effort is directly tied to the success of our students, and involves numerous departments on campus.

Locating Open Textbooks in the UAL Catalog

Start your search at the UA Libaries Catalog

Enter the phrase "Open Textbook Library" in the keyword search box.

If you are looking for a specific discipline, add it to the search.  For example:

"open textbook library" AND physics

View the results:

Resources on Open / Affordable Content

George Mason University OER Metafinder

The Mason OER Metafinder searches seventeen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site. Because it is a real-time search, it can take a bit longer than searches of pre-indexed content; however, as compensation the results returned are absolutely up-to-the-minute for each search target. Additional results continue to trickle in as the search continues running and you begin examining your results.

Search the Mason OER Metafinder

UA Affordable Learning Grant

Our Affordable Learning Initiative, which is being led by UA University Libraries, in collaboration with the Institute for Teaching and Learning and the University Council Subcommittee on Textbooks, is sponsoring a grant (funded by the Office of Academic Affairs) for open textbook adoption.

Faculty interested in developing new materials or modifying existing materials to pair with an open textbook or library resource can now get funded for their efforts to make college more affordable for our students. An information and training session will take place on Friday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in Bierce Library 154.

Please visit the Affordable Learning Initiative website for full details on this grant opportunity.

Note: All grant recipients, or those seeking to apply for this grant are required to attend an information session and Open Textbook Network training provided by the University Libraries / OhioLINK. The next available date for this training is scheduled for February 8, 2019 and will take place in Bierce Library Room 154 from 10am - noon. 

OhioLINK and Affordable Learning

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.

Affordable Learning Ohio website

Affordable Learning Ambassadors

University of Akron's Affordable Learning Initiatives

Ohio OpenEd Collaborative (Create, adopt, and utilize open materials for many of Ohio's high enrollment courses)

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Upcoming events:


Pre-conference: Thurs. March 7, 2019

OpenCon: Fri. March 8, 2019

Cleveland State Univerisity

Previous events / materials:

OhioLINK’s Textbook Affordability and Inclusive Access Immersion: A one-day conference for our members

Open Textbook Network

Visit the Open Textbook Network:

The Open Textbook Network (OTN) helps higher education institutions and systems advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses.

The OTN includes a link to the Open Textbook Library.

Open Resources

The Info Squad @ UA Wayne College Library

Just ask the Info Squad at the University of Akron Wayne College Library

Start your search at UA Wayne College Library and Chat with us live!

Phone: 330.684.8789 

SMS Text: 330.828.6773


WebEx (by appointment):

Wayne College Library Staff Contacts