Governor of the State of Sao Paulo vetoes bill in support of OER

Type: Evidence | Hypothesis: OER policy change | Polarity: | Sector: | Country:

Bill PL. 989/2011, which was passed by Congresso Nacional do Brasil, dealt with three main issues: It 1) required government funded educational resources to be made widely available to the public under an open license, 2) clarified that resources produced by public servants under his/her official capacities should be open educational resources (or otherwise released under an open access framework), and 3) urged the government to support open federated systems for the distribution and archiving of OER.

São Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) vetoed in its entirety the PL 989/2011, because of a perceived conflict of powers between the Executive and the Legislative branches in the State of São Paulo.


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Survey of students at Fundação Getulio Varga Online

Type: Evidence | Hypothesis: Improving access | Polarity: | Sector: | Country:

Fundação Getulio Vargas is the first Brazillian school to join OCWC. They offer 37 courses across knowledge areas. During the first half of 2011 more than 3 million people visited the main courses page and around 500 thousand people certified. Majority of all the students (78%) visiting FGV Online OCW do not earn more than US $1,200 per month. A survey of their students found that:

  • 41% of the students would like to do a regular online course.

  • 60% of the students have never studied online.

  • 99% of the students had their expectations met after finishing a free course.

Reported in OCWC User Feedback Report (2013) (See citation).

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