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Open Educational Resources - OER

OER State Policy Tracker (SPARC)

OER Action Plan

The 2015 Florida statute (Title XLVIII, Statute 1006.73, 4(c)) mandates that FLVC:

Promote and provide recommendations concerning the use and distribution of open access textbooks and education resources as a method for reducing costs and work with public postsecondary education institutions in developing a standardized process for the review and approval of open-access textbooks and education resources.

The Office of Distance Learning and Student Services (DLSS) within the statewide Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) developed an Action Plan for Building a Statewide Infrastructure to Support Open Educational Resources in Florida's Public Institutions of Higher Education based on results from the 2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey. Key recommendations from this report include:

  • Active memberships/partnerships with national OER organizations

  • Identify a librarian and instructional designer from each institution to serve as official FLVC OER liaisons and points of contact

  • Establish a state-wide website to serve as a central knowledge base for OER and related topics

  • Work with campus leaders in FCS and SUS to clarify copyright policies for faculty-created content

  • Develop a "re-mix" tool to better integrate various OER resources into a single presentation platform

  • Develop introductory OER workshops

  • Seek funding that could be used to award regional grants tp institutions to incentivize faculty OER projects

Link to full report: An Action Plan for Building a Statewide Infrastructure to Support OER in Florida’s Public Institutions of Higher Education

DLSS - Open Ed Forum

DLSS - Textbook Cost Research

Open Florida

OPEN FL by FALSC is open to anyone who is interested in open and affordable learning in the state of Florida.  The community is provided for individuals who want to:

  • Stay informed on open and affordable learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the state
  • Share local processes and practices
  • Showcase adoption, adaption, and creation examples
  • Explore community development opportunities
  • Dialogue on hot topics, trends, and tidbits
  • Develop review standards and approval process for OER