US: Federal: H.R.4455 - Learning Opportunities With Creation of Open Source Textbooks Act of 2014

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Date: 2014/04/21
Policy Status: Proposed
Language: en
Jurisdiction: National
Country: United States of America
Policy license: copyright

Tags: NSF, open textbooks

Policy Title: H.R.4455 - Learning Opportunities With Creation of Open Source Textbooks (LOW COST) Act of 2014 - Go to the policy
Author(s): Bill Foster
Description: "To require Federal agencies to collaborate in the development of freely available open source educational materials in college-level physics, chemistry, and math, and for other purposes."

  • Establishes NSF pilot program to develop a comprehensive set of college freshman level “open source” textbooks and other materials in physics, chemistry and calculus. Materials must be completed 4 years after enactment of the bill, and must go through a quality review process.
  • Establishes a federal website to house the NSF open source materials.
  • Requires all federal agencies with $10M+ annual budgets for “scientific education or scientific outreach” to use at least 2% of that money for collaboration with NSF on reviewing the quality of materials on the federal website.

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