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The Curious Case of Soaring Textbook Costs

The Curious Case of Soaring Textbook Costs

My grandpa always used to say: “Education is free for anyone who remains curious enough in life.” That might be true. Yet with today’s soaring textbook costs, higher education is anything but free for the average college student. There are hundreds of articles that detail how textbook prices have risen 3x and 4x the rate […]

A Free Lunch: CSU Channel Islands Offers the CSU’s First “Z-Majors”

A Free Lunch: CSU Channel Islands Offers the CSU’s First “Z-Majors”

Everyone knows: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”  But starting this Fall, there will be such a thing as textbook-free majors at CSU Channel Islands (CI).  And it couldn’t come at a better time for CI’s student body. Over the past three decades, textbook prices have outpaced inflation 3-to-1.  During this same […]

Best Practices for Cultivating a Sense of Space in Online/Blended Classrooms: An Executive Summary

Best Practices for Cultivating a Sense of Space in Online/Blended Classrooms: An Executive Summary

The following blog post is an executive summary of a larger research project that explored community building in online/blended classrooms. This study was supported by a Faculty Fellowship from CI’s Teaching & Learning Innovations Group, and was conducted by Kellie Prather (undergraduate student at CI), Brandon Burns (undergraduate student at CI), Maia Smidt (undergraduate student […]

It’s All About the Fundamentals

It’s All About the Fundamentals

I haven’t been able to dunk a basketball for the past five years. Or during the 30-some odd years prior, for that matter.   Back in 3rd grade, though, you would have had a hard time convincing a four-foot-me that I wasn’t destined to star in Space Jam 2. And I wasn’t the only one […]

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