Submissions/Open Textbooks for Higher Education: A report on the California Open Educational Resources Council

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After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission

Open Textbooks for Higher Education: A report on the California Open Educational Resources Council

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Lawrence Hanley/profhanley (SFSU)

Diego Bonilla (CSUS)

E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

California Open Educational Resources Council

California State University, Sacramento

San Francisco State University

Personal homepage or blog
California Open Education Resources Council
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

California’s three public higher education systems (University of California, California State University, the California Community College System) enroll nearly 3 million undergraduate students and employ almost 100 thousand faculty. In 2012, the California State Legislature directed the three systems to create an online library of open educational resources to encourage the use of free or affordable textbooks and other materials throughout California’s public higher education system. Composed of faculty representatives from each of the three systems, the California Open Educational Resources Council (CAOERC) was formed and charged in January, 2014, with collecting, peer-reviewing, helping to curate, publicizing, and cultivating the adoption of these open educational resources. This presentation will report on the progress of this massive project with particular attention to: governance issues, legal frameworks, implications for open content culture, technical considerations, and current and future challenges to the goal of making higher education more open. We are particularly interested in feedback from the Wikimedia community and connecting with other open textbook/educational resource projects as CAOERC continues to move forward.

Legal & Free Culture
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
We will have slides/ppt.
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  1. Slaporte (WMF) (talk) 08:15, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
  2. AKoval (WMF) (talk) 18:38, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
  3. The Wikimedia community should get into textbook collection and curation. Let's meet these people with experience with government oversight of this. Blue Rasberry (talk) 00:56, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
  4. Mrjohncummings (talk) 21:23, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
  5. Add your username here.