US Senators seek to make college textbooks affordable and open

Opensourceway / CC BY-SA United States Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Al Franken of Minnesota have introduced legislation called the Affordable College Textbook Act that seeks to make college textbooks affordable and openly available under the Creative Commons Attribution license. According to Durbin’s press release, Bill S.1704 does 5 things: Creates a grant program … Read More “US Senators seek to make college textbooks affordable and open”

H.R. 1464 — The "OER Bill"

The open educational resources movement has been picking up steam lately, even attracting the attention of legislators. What’s hot in the new Persian year (aka the start of spring) is the recently introduced “OER Bill“. What’s that, you say? Well in its own words, it’s a bill “To require Federal agencies to collaborate in the … Read More “H.R. 1464 — The "OER Bill"”

Bill Enabling Community Colleges to Establish OER Pilot Program is signed into law

Last week, a bill enabling the California Community Colleges to integrate open educational resources (OER) into its core curriculum was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger. AB 2261 authorizes the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges “to establish a pilot program to provide faculty and staff from community college districts around the state with … Read More “Bill Enabling Community Colleges to Establish OER Pilot Program is signed into law”