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PALNI Affordable Education Initiative: PALSave: Overview

Ideas, tools, and partnerships that can help lower the cost of higher education for students


Welcome to the PALSave Affordable Education Guide. This guide was developed to help promote ideas, tools, and partnerships that can help lower the cost of higher education for students attending PALNI institutions. Please feel free to remix and reuse any part of this guide in your own Library site, point your faculty directly to this site, or use it as a tool for finding and distributing resources to your faculty. We welcome your suggestions and look forward to collaborating with you! 


For more resources information on PALSave, visit:

Also, for a deeper dive, see the Zero-Cost Textbook Adoption LibGuide

Affordable Education Initiative vs. Open Education Resources

What is the difference between AEI and OER? The Affordable Education Initiative includes any resource that can reduce the cost to the student, but may not be an Open Education resource. What's the difference? 

Open Education Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."  

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for every one to:

  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix -- original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

OER include digital learning materials such as:

  • open textbooks
  • full courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • homework assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

Affordable Education materials can include OER, but also supplemental resources, library resources, and many others!

More OER Information

Get In the Know!!

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Creative Commons License
Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Regina Gong is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Modified and adapted by the PALNI Affordable Education Initiative Taskforce.