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Recent OER & Affordability News
After first lauding the UNESCO OER Recommendations, agreed upon by the 40th Congress, David Wiley explores the deeper and more disappointing meaning of the message. Somewhere between the release of the public version of the OER Recommendation and the version voted upon by the Congress wording was changed which muddied the waters of meaning.
A bipartisan budget agreement reached in the U.S. Congress will renew and strengthen the federal Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program with $7 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2020—a $2 million increase over previous years. Supported by advocates of higher education affordability, the renewal of this program for a third year is a resounding endorsement of the positive benefits that open textbooks can achieve for students. The funding is included in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, part of a $1.37 trillion budget package that Congress is expected to approve this week.
The National Association of College Stores (NACS) has come out in opposition to the proposed merger of Cengage and McGraw-Hill. The story in Inside Higher Ed explains their position.
At the 40th session of the 2019 UNESCO General Conference An important step forward: Intergovernmental Expert Meeting adopts revised Draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources by consensus – submission to UNESCO’s General Conference in November 2019. Full Article