California makes the big leap – first to establish open textbook legislation for higher education.
This looks like great news for students and instructors. California is establishing a fund to create a digital collection of open textbooks.
The main highlights of the California open textbook program include:
- Free access to textbooks in the most highly enrolled first and second year courses
- Government funding to create a library of free textbooks for students and faculty
- Open, to ensure faculty can utilize their skills to remix, revise and repurpose these textbooks for their students
- Courses and textbooks will be overseen by the establishment of the “California Open Education Resources Council” (COERC)
- California Open Source Digital Library to house the open source textbooks and courseware.
- Competitive “Request for Proposals” (RFP) process for faculty, publishers, and others to develop open digital textbooks and related courseware.
- Creative Commons licensing structure
- All materials to be reviewed for quality