Faculty members discuss experience of adopting zero cost textbooks

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Faculty members are recorded for video

Left to right: Aritree Samanta, Carina Gallo and Paige Viren are recorded by Academic Technology for a video about Zero Cost instructional materials.

College of Health & Social Sciences faculty members Carina Gallo (Criminal Justice Studies), Aritree Samanta (PACE/Environmental Studies Program) and Paige Viren (Recreation, Parks & Tourism) have made their courses more affordable and equitable through the Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) program at San Francisco State University. AIM is SF State’s approach to reducing the cost of learning to students by focusing on adopting lower cost — even free — instructional materials to make SF State courses more equitable. 

The three shared stories about their experiences adopting Zero Cost textbooks with SF State’s Academic Technology to create an interactive educational video. All agreed that the Zero Cost format, with its flexibility and adaptability, ensures that faculty are fully invested in student success in whatever form that takes. Through the joint reflections in the video project, they shared student learning impact, innovation in content, and course structure design that embody the University’s key social justice mission.

AIM is a collaborative effort supported by Academic Technology, the J. Paul Leonard Library, the Disability Programs and Resource Center and the SFSU Bookstore.