Morehouse Affordable Learning Solutions Portal

With the essential support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California State University Long Beach, MERLOT ( and SkillsCommons (, the collaboration and community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are designing and deploying strategies to make college more affordable by reducing the cost of course materials.

The HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Community Portal provides any HBCU free access to the tools, technologies, and some services for them to initiate their own AL$ program and learn from their HBCU colleagues. If you would like to become a MERLOT partner and collaboratively develop your customize HBCU AL$ portal, please contact:

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Learn about the project, the partners, the plans, and the activities of this exciting project....

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HBCUs have been authoring and collecting educational resources that are inclusive of the African and African-American culture, priorities, people, events, accomplishments, and more. The HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions Community Portal will provide an easy-to-use collection of these free and open educational resources.


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HBCUs focus their vision on the educational and economical impact of technology across their communities. HBCUs and education, community, and industry partners work together to prepare students to meet workforce opportunities by developing an innovation plan to code, think, design and contribute to their home campus and communities.


ADD Free and Open Educational Resources You're Using or Created into MERLOT

Are you using OER in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free and open teaching materials? 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 is FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time.  MERLOT provides systematic instructions on our YouTube Channel and a handout (PDF).


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



Enter key words below to search the MERLOT library, over 75 other open libraries, and more!

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



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HBCU Affordable Learning Community Portal is a service of the California State University Long Beach-MERLOT program and designed by MERLOT.
Partial funding provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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