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Open Textbook and OER legislation & Institution Policy Data
OER legislation and policy is definitely gaining ground on a global scale. In an effort to address part of our legislatively mandated tasks and the needs of the OER community, we are collecting information regarding global open textbook and OER legislation as well as institution policy (both private and public sectors). We are seeking your support in this endeavor. Information provided will be immediately available for viewing and download by the general public. We will also be providing this information on our Open Access Textbook website by the end of the day and may be accessed through Google Docs.
You are encouraged to forward this information to anyone in our OER community who you feel may be able to add andy additional legislation or institution policy.
- FORM: Open Textbook and OER Legislation & Institution Policy Form - Please share any information you may have regarding (1) Government legislation on open educational resources and open textbooks; or (2) Institution policy regarding OER and open textbooks.For example, national governments such as United States Government or Nigeria.; (2) states, counties, provinces, or districts such as the state of Florida, Northumberland county, etc., (3) College of Medicine at Florida State University.
- DATA: Open Textbook and OER Legislation & Institution Policy Spreadsheet – Access submitted information at this public Google Docs spreadsheet.
- FLORIDA DATA: We have begun by adding the 2012 Florida legislation HB 5201 2012 has already been added to the spreadsheet with information dealing with open textbooks and open resources . The text can be found on lines 853-858 of HB 5201 (2012) Ordered Enrolled : 3/9/2012 10:34:32 PM http://floridasenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/5201/BillText/e1/PDF . Additional information: http://floridasenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/5201/. This text references the requirement for the Florida Virtual Campus to "(f) Promote and provide recommendations concerning the use and distribution of open-access textbooks and education resources as a method for reducing costs and work with public postsecondary education institutions in developing a standardized process for the review and approval of open-access textbooks." The Florida Virtual Campus merges the functions of the Florida Distance Learning Consortium, FACTS, and the higher education library systems. FVC has been established to provide access to online student and library support services and to serve as a statewide resource and clearinghouse for public postsecondary education distance learning courses and degree programs.
Thank you very much for your help and I hope this document will be of use to our entire OER community. We welcome any suggestions and comments on how we might improve the data collection for our OER community.
Robin Donaldson, Ph.D.
Project Manager, The Orange Grove
Director, Open Access Textbooks Project
Florida Distance Learning Consortium