- Establishes Open Educational Resources Grant Program within Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
- Requires commission, subject to availability of funds, to award grants on competitive basis to public universities, community colleges or consortia of public universities and community colleges to promote use of open educational resources.
- Requires commission to employ open educational resource specialist to collaborate with public universities and community colleges in fostering use of open educational resources.
- Appropriates moneys to commission: $700,000
- Requires public universities and community colleges to prominently designate courses whose course materials consist exclusively of open or free textbooks or low-cost or no-cost course materials.
- Requires commission to coordinate with public universities and community colleges to identify open educational resources to be adopted as primary instructional material for at least 30 courses.
- Requires commission to submit report to Legislative Assembly on status of implementing open resources provisions by December 1, 2015.
"SECTION 1. (1) As used in sections 1 to 4 of this 2015 Act, “open educational resources” means teaching, learning and research resources that: (a) Reside in the public domain or that have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others; and (b) Conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) and to any additional accessibility standards established by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission by rule." This bill creates a position to coordinate OR higher ed; sets aside money for grants for high-enrollment courses; and mandates that low cost and no cost courses be identified in the schedule.
Establishes Open Educational Resources Grant Program within Higher Education Coordinating Commission: This Act was created to encourage the use of low or no-cost open educational resources in post-secondary institutions of education. This act allows the commission to award grants to applicants who adapt or make use of existing open educational resources and utilizes students in the design or production of open educational resource materials. Finally, this Act also employs an open educational resource specialist who fosters the use of open educational resources in colleges and universities