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SkillsCommons Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Introduction

Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of SkillsCommons and MERLOT, explains how the cost of course materials can often exceed the cost of tuition for those courses. SkillsCommons Affordable Learning Solutions websites can help faculty and students find free e-textbooks and online course materials that can be adopted and revised to enable institutions to make education more affordable for their students.

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Learn the WHY, WHEN, and HOW about SkillsCommons.

Learn about SkillsCommons-MERLOT Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative and how we can help your institution save your students millions of dollars in course materials.

Looking for campus strategies to adopt for your own AFFORDABLE LEARNING SOLUTIONS initiative?  Download the MERLOT-SkillsCommons campus planning template for AL$.

ADD Free eTextbooks You're Using or Created Into MERLOT

Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).


Enter key words below to search the SkillsCommons library for Free Workforce Development OER


Enter key words below to search the MERLOT library for Free eTextbooks

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Enter the ISBN of a book below to find related FREE eTextbooks.