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Friday, November 21 • 1:15pm - 1:45pm
California's Open Textbook Legislation Promotes Adoption of OER To Reduce Costs and Expand Access

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The California State Senate passed the Open Textbook Initiative in 2012 to reduce costs for students through promoting faculty adoption of high-quality, peer reviewed open textbooks in the highest impact college level courses. This legislation has the potential to make college more accessible to the approximately three million students who currently attend one of the three public post-secondary systems namely the 8 campuses of the University of California, the 23 campuses of the California State University, and the 112 California Community Colleges.

Join us for this session to hear about faculty collaboration between the three academic senates to identify the peer review process and the establishment of an OER repository to provide ready access to high-quality open textbooks and case studies to support faculty adoption of OER. Student feedback and support for OER adoption will be solicited at key milestones to ensure that the project is meeting the needs of both students and faculty.

The legislation first established a faculty OER council appointed by the academic senates of the three public higher education systems. The council is tasked with determining the 50 highest impact courses for students and a process for reviewing open textbooks and open educational resources that are aligned with learning outcomes and transfer agreements between colleges and universities.

Secondarily, the legislation established the creation of an OER repository to house the peer-reviewed and recommended open textbooks and make them highly available to faculty and students. The OER repository will be managed by the California State University system and will build upon the existing MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) database.

The legislation further required matching funds from an external donor to release California state funds to begin the project. The California State University, administrator of the Open Textbook initiative, graciously acknowledges the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for their initial funding to launch the project.

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Una Daly

Community College Director, Open Education Consortium
I manage two open education projects: the Community College Consortium for OER at the Open Education Consortium and also the California Open Online Library Services at the California State University system. | | I like to talk about all aspects of open education: resources, research, and outcomes assessment, faculty adoptions, etc.
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Leslie Kennedy

Director, Affordable Learning Solutions, California State University System Office
CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable, quality educational content for their students. By reducing CSU student course material expenses, more students acquire the course materials they need to succeed and benefit from their CSU learning experience. Now, CSU faculty and students have greater access to quality free and low-cost learning materials through a variety of ALS programs and... Read More →

Friday November 21, 2014 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Crystal Ballroom

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