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Promoting and Evaluating institutional and Governmental Open Policies [clear filter]
Wednesday, November 2

11:30am EDT

Briefing: OER Policy in the United States
Public policy is an important component of the environment around OER. Policy can be leveraged to help advance the use and creation of OER by providing resources, creating programs, or giving direction to institutions and schools. It can also be used to remove barriers, such as older systems or practices that favor traditional publishing models. Policymakers themselves can also play a role as effective advocates and validators.

This session will provide a up-to-the minute briefing on the current U.S. policy environment around OER: what is happening in Congress, which states are most active, how the Presidential election will affect the space, and where OER policy connects with other open movements, such as open data, open government and open access to research. It will also include behind-the-scenes analysis of policy opportunities coming up in the next year, and how members of the audience can become involved.

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Nicole Allen

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC, a global coalition working to make open the default in research and education. A decade and a half ago, Nicole was an undergraduate student frustrated with the cost of textbooks. Today, she is an internationally recognized policy... Read More →

Wednesday November 2, 2016 11:30am - 11:55am EDT

1:40pm EDT

Open Licensing Policy Development and Implementation: Case studies from Higher Ed and K-12
This session will introduce attendees to the establishment of an open policy by two state-government agencies in Washington: the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges System (SBCTC).

Presenters in this session will introduce SBCTC and OSPI as two examples of how open policies might be crafted and implemented. Even though the end goal of applying an open license to course or instructional materials is the same, the creation, rollout, and implementation need to address the unique needs of the organizations. This session will address both different stages in the process and differing needs of stakeholders in Higher Ed and K-12.

SBCTC has had an open policy in place since 2010 and will speak to the the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned over the course of implementation. OSPI just put an open policy into place earlier this year and will address the initial concerns, development process, and stakeholder needs that have shaped the early stages of instituting an open policy.

Specifically, in 2010, SBCTC instituted the statewide Open Licensing Policy as an explicit measure to support that planning principle and to begin to use SBCTC-sponsored or managed initiatives to create momentum and competency around OER throughout the system. This policy is focused strongly on educational access, specifying that "All digital software, educational resources and knowledge produced through competitive grants, offered through or managed by SBCTC, will carry a Creative Commons Attributions license."

OSPI's developing Open Policy focuses on defining the copyright owner for any materials created by employees, grantees, and contractors and clarifying the requirement for open licensing of those materials used in educational programs. This policy will allow school districts, Educational Service Districts, and members of the public, to realize the educational impact from the substantial investments the state, the federal government, and foundations have made (and will continue to make) towards open educational resources.

Together, both agencies consider these policies as starting points for a more expansive/far reaching Open Policy that will eventually support not only the internal works, but also all resources produced by fellow state government agencies. Presenters will discuss the longer term goals of additional state agency outreach and uptake.


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Boyoung Chae

Policy Associate, eLearning & Open Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
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Dr. Barbara Soots

Open Educational Resources Manager, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
In her role as Open Educational Resources (OER) Program Manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Washington, Barbara Soots implements state legislation directing collection of K–12 OER resources aligned to state learning standards and promotion of... Read More →

Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:40pm - 2:05pm EDT

2:15pm EDT

An OER Policy Guide for Higher Education
In March 2016, Daniel DeMarte (Tidewater Community College) and Amanda Coolidge (BCcampus) attended the Institute for Open Leadership in Capetown, South Africa. The purpose of the Institute is to see more open licensing policies flourish, which feed the commons, promote cross-discipline collaboration, and even increase the transparency of government and philanthropic investments. During the Institute, Daniel and Amanda made a commitment to create an OER Policy Guide for High Education. The OER Policy Guide is intended to help post-secondary institutions develop their own OER policies and has suggested action items to ensure successful policy implementation and sustainability. This presentation will showcase the OER Policy Guide and walk participants through the creation, implementation, and sustainability of an effective OER policy.

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Amanda Coolidge

Director, Open Education, BC Campus
Amanda Coolidge is the Director of Open Education at BCcampus. She leads the BC Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education initiatives in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The BCcampus Open Education team produces Open Educational Resources (OER) – textbooks, toolkits... Read More →

Wednesday November 2, 2016 2:15pm - 2:40pm EDT