- Clarifies the definition of open educational resources;
- Authorizes the Colorado open educational resources council (council) to consult with experts who are not members of the council in exercising its duties;
- Expands the open educational resources grant program (grant program) to provide grants to develop and replicate entire zero-textbook-cost degree programs;
- Moves preparation of the annual grant program report from the council to the department of higher education (department); and
- Extends the repeal date for the council and the grant program for 5 years.
Under existing law, beginning in the fall of 2021, public institutions of higher education must, before registration, inform students of which courses use open educational resources. The bill directs the commission on higher education to adopt guidelines to require public institutions of higher education, beginning no later than the fall of 2025, to inform students at the point of registration concerning those courses that use open educational resources.
The bill directs the department to review the open educational resources policies adopted across the state and identify and determine the efficacy of policies that expand the use and promote the sustainability of open educational resources. The department must include this information in the annual grant program report.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)