June was a big month for OER in the United States, so here’s a quick roundup of some highlights, including a new open copyright policy from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the launch packet for districts incorporating open educational resources into their curriculum, and new funding for OER degrees in California!
US Department of Education: #GoOpen Launch Packet released
The #GoOpen launch packet supports “districts that have decided to implement a systematic approach to incorporating openly licensed educational resources into their curriculum.”
- Allocations for OER degrees in California
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the state’s budget for 2016-2017, including a$5M allocation (see p. 18) for the creation of OER-based degrees (see SEC. 16. Article 4) at California Community Colleges. This funding will facilitate the creation of approximately 25 OER-based Z-degrees at CA community colleges.
- Hillary Clinton announces open technology and innovation initiative
Hillary Clinton calls for: effective copyright policy and open licenses on publicly funded education & science.
- Bringing down the high cost of textbooks
The Washington Post published a concise article about the cost of textbooks and its effect on students. As textbook costs soar, Achieving the Dream announced $9.8 million dollars in grants for developing OER degree programs.