Over the last 20 years, only the prices of college tuition and hospital services have increased more than those of college textbooks.
This means that the cost of course materials has become a significant barrier to providing access to affordable college-level learning in the U.S. In fact, even when tuition is discounted or subsidized for students, the cost of attending college still remains beyond the reach of many due to the cost of course materials and course fees.
At TEL Learning, we are committed to providing equitable access to affordable college education to everyone in the U.S. As part of that commitment, we make our course materials available at no cost and with no registration or login required. Through TEL Learning, we want to make it both free and easy for anyone to use our course materials to promote affordable learning.
Affordable content programs like TEL Learning provide a number of tangible benefits for students.
1. Reduce the financial burden for students
As an example, through the use of affordable content solutions, the state of Oregon has significantly reduced the costs of course materials for students in its Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) and Associate of Science Oregon Transfer-Business (ASOT-BUS) degrees.
These types of savings reduce the student’s financial burden and, particularly in general education courses, can be achieved by any institution, school, or faculty member through the use of affordable content.
2. Level the playing field for all students
Equitable access means that all students, regardless of their socioeconomic situation, have equal access to the same learning opportunities and materials. Affordable content supports equitable access by ensuring that every student can obtain, access, and use course materials without cost, for the duration of a course and beyond. In an effort to support all students, TEL Learning also makes course materials available in a downloadable PDF format to facilitate offline study and printing.
3. Provide access to additional quality information sources
Affordable content also makes it possible for faculty to provide access to a wider range of quality information sources in their courses. This enriches the learning experience for students without adding costs and it also promotes improved information literacy.
4. Promote life learning
It’s no secret that learning doesn’t end when someone graduates from high school or college. Learning is a life-long process and a requirement for both personal and professional success. Affordable content makes it possible for students to refresh their understanding of subjects covered in their formal education, while also giving everyone the opportunity to pick up new knowledge whenever they need it.