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Open Education Resources

Overview: The Open Education Resources Advisory Committee is charged with examining the textbook purchasing policies in the Commonwealth and study the use of open education resources to both lower the cost of textbooks and improve the quality of learning in the K-12 environment. At its first meeting, the advisory committee chose to focus on K-12 public schools but recognized the rising cost of college textbooks as a major concern for students and a potential study area for a future advisory committee.

Legislative Members: Senator Watkins (chairman), Senator Stolle, Delegate Nixon, Delegate Peace

Citizen Members:
- Eric Finkbeiner, McGuireWoods Consulting
- Anne H. Moore, Virginia Tech
- Daniel Morrow, The Jamestown Exploration Company
- Kelly Porell, Virginia21
- Karen Richardson, College of William & Mary
- Alicia Sanchez, Defense Acquisition University
- Jeffrey Sili, Caroline County, Virginia Schools Technology Committee
- James Firebaugh, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, Virginia DOE

2007 Meeting Schedule
06/20/07 1:00 pm House Room D,
General Assembly Bldg

Staff Presentation: Introduction and Overview of Open Education Resources

Staff Memorandum: Overview of Open Education Resources

Department of Education: Textbook Purchasing Policies in the Commonwealth

Presentation: Mark Burnet, Virginia Open Education Foundation

Recent Relevant Legislation: HJ 688 (2005), HB 1726 (2005), HB 1478 (2006), HJ 702 (2007)

SCHEV Report on Textbook Purchasing Practices and Costs

07/24/07 1:00 pm Speaker's Conference Room, 6th floor
General Assembly Bldg

Being Fluent in Information Technology: Executive Summary

Henrico Public Schools Presentation

Virginia Publishers Association Presentation

10/1/07 2:00 pm

VITA, 11751 Meadowville Lane Chester, VA 23836


Staff Update

Gavin Baker: Presentation

Gavin Baker: Handout

California Legislation AB 577

Agenda | Summary

Open Education Resources Update

JCOTS Open Education Advisory Committee Blog: Link to this blog for further discussion by our advisory committee members.



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