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What is JCSU4ED?

Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) is committed to incorporating the latest cutting edge technologies and resources into our teaching as a standard practice. In pursuit of this commitment, JCSU signed a partnership with the California State University's MERLOT organization for the design and deployment of JCSU's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Initiative.

MERLOT is a free and open online community and collection of teaching and learning resources designed primarily for faculty, staff, and students of higher education. MERLOT's open educational services enable teachers and learners from around the world to freely share their instructional resources and pedagogy. MERLOT's library ( provides a collection of peer-reviewed online learning materials, including almost 5,000 free and open etextbooks, catalogued by registered MERLOT members. MERLOT also provides a wide range of faculty development and student support services.

JCSU4ED provides a digital infrastructure that will improve college affordability for students with free etextbooks and educational resources. Having free and immediate access to instructional resources will enable more students to enroll and succeed in more courses as they progress toward graduation in a timelier manner.

Project Team

  • Geneen E. Clinkscales, M.L.I.S. – Systems Librarian, Johnson C. Smith University
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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).


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