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Guide for the open and affordable learning community of Florida, OPEN FL.

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OPEN FL 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

As a community, OPEN FL, is leading the way to a future where every student has quality learning experiences through open educational resources.



What is the Community Working on?

The primary goal of OPEN FL is to provide and promote quality and affordable access to Florida higher education by creating a consortium of Florida colleges and universities to collaborate on developing, implementing, and providing discovery to open educational resources (OER) throughout high impact degree pathways. Secondary, central efforts will 1) facilitate systematic identification and updates of OER, 2) address barriers to adoption, 3) support OER programs and implementation efforts, and 4) lay the foundation for a sustainable OER state network. Coordinating OER efforts across Florida public institutions of higher education enables us to curate, modify, develop, review, and disseminate OER that meet quality, accessibility, licensing, technical, and student learning outcomes (SLO) in a unified structure that allows for inclusion and growth. The sustainable goal will be to create an OER community and infrastructure that perpetuates OER development, proliferation, and research through the state.

  • Statewide review standards
    • From 2019-2020 we collected local or individual standards used or that should be used in the review of a textbook or learning resource
    • Collected review standards would be used to develop OER approval rubric for the state in collaboration with OPEN FL and all FALSC member libraries
    • Nationwide OER Review Standards group gathered and working to develop common/best practices and review rubric, see meeting Notes
    • Drafting of nationwide template took place from 2020-2021
    • First National Draft Released for community  
  • OER Summit 2022 (Virtual)- Planning to being soon.
  • Accessibility Guide
  • Statewide Database of Open Textbooks and Educational Resources
  • YOUR IDEA HERE-Let the community know what should be next

FALSC State Memberships

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