Supporting Collaboration and Harnessing of OER Within the Policy Framework of KNUST: Report Prepared by OER Africa on Behalf of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). As part of a broader process of stimulating collaboration amongst distance education providers taking place under the auspices of the African Council on Distance Education’s Technical Committee on Collaboration, OER Africa and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that has established a framework for a joint programme of action. Accordingly, OER Africa is providing support to KNUST in review of its current policies to assess the extent to which they facilitate collaboration and alternative, open licences for its educational materials.
This document drafted by the Vice-Chancellors of Higher Education Wales represents their collective agreement: to ensure that any designated teaching and learning material released under open licence can be adapted and redistributed without cost or restriction. Further language supports the use of Open Educational Resources (OER), “encouraging the introduction of open educational practice into every part of the university.”
The bill requires the California Open Education Resources Council, which the bill establishes, to determine a list of the 50 most widely taken lower division courses in the public postsecondary segments. The bill requires the council to establish a competitive request-for-proposal process in which faculty members, publishers, and other interested parties will apply for funds to produce, in 2013, 50 high-quality, affordable, digital open source textbooks and related materials, meeting specified requirements.
This bill proposes to enact measures designed to support and encourage the use of online textbooks. Provisions include:
- A model for instruction that promotes digital literacy for students;
- A clearinghouse for information on the use of online learning resources, including best practices in the use of open educational resources and open-source textbooks; and
- Professional development and training for educators in the effective use of online learning resources, including open educational resources and open-source textbooks.
Requires the boards of regents of the state universities, the boards of trustees of the regional universities and The Evergreen State College, and the boards of trustees of each community and technical college district, in collaboration with affiliated bookstores and student and faculty representatives, to adopt rules requiring that affiliated bookstores disclose information to students on required course materials including but not limited to title, authors, edition, price, and ISBN at least four weeks before the start of the class for which the materials are required. The chief academic officer may waive the disclosure requirement provided in this act, on a case by case basis, provided that students can reliably expect that nearly all information regarding course materials is available four weeks before the start of the class for which the materials are required.
H.B. 1946 declares an intent to study and implement the legislature’s findings regarding how the state’s public institutions of higher education can share core resources in instructional, including library, resources, student services, and administrative information technology resources, user help desk services, faculty professional development, and more. The study will examine how public institutions of higher education can pursue a strategy of implementing single, shared, statewide commonly needed standards-based software, web hosting and support service solutions that are cost-effective, easily integrated, user-friendly, flexible, and constantly improving. Requires all institutions of higher education to use common online learning technologies
This bill requires that the superintendent of public instruction, subject to availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, to take the lead in identifying and developing a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the common core state standards and placed under an attribution license, registered by a nonprofit or for-profit organization with domain expertise in open courseware, that allows others to use, distribute, and create derivative works based upon the digital material, while still allowing the authors or creators to retain the copyright and to receive credit for their efforts.