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Wednesday, November 11 • 4:00pm - 4:55pm
The Year in U.S. OER Policy: Where We Are and What's Next

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More than a decade of coordinated OER advocacy has paid off with significant victories. Congress allocated, and then renewed twice, the first-ever federal funding for higher education OER grant programs, and numerous significant state-level policy initiatives have led to increased adoption, awareness, and creation of open educational resources. Meanwhile, the millions of dollars allocated to educational institutions as part of the COVID-19 response bill, the CARES Act, opened up a new source of potential funding for OER initiatives during a period of unprecedented fiscal crisis for America's education institutions.

This session will provide attendees with an overview of the past year in U.S. OER policy from advocates engaged in the day-to-day work. We’ll review exciting developments from the past year and provide a look into what goes into big policy wins, along with analysis of what the long-term impact of these policies will be. We’ll also share insight into what’s next for OER policy, including any efforts brewing in Congress and federal agencies post-election, which states and policy trends to watch, and how OER advocates can best take action in their communities.

Federal and state policy are important for supporting the OER movement, providing districts and institutions with frameworks and resources, and sustaining the momentum that brought the movement to where it is today. Without the passion and dedication of OER advocacy efforts, these policy wins wouldn’t be possible.

Learning Outcomes:
After the session, attendees will be able to:
- Explain key developments in U.S. state and federal policy related to OER over the last year
- Identify ways COVID-19 will impact the next policy cycle
- Apply tips for contacting their policymakers to advocate for OER



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Reg Leichty

Founder, Foresight Law + Policy, PLLC
 Reg Leichty is an accomplished attorney with expertise in education, student and children’s privacy, and technology law and policy. He founded Foresight Law + Policy, PLLC, a prominent education law firm based in Washington D.C., where he provides strategic advice, legal counsel... Read More →
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Scott Hochberg

Policy Advisor, OpenStax
I served twenty years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, specializing in education issues, and passed Texas first OER legislation, as well as other open government measures. Talk to me about effectively telling the OER story to policymakers.
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Kaitlyn Vitez

Higher Education Campaigns Director, U.S. PIRG
Kaitlyn serves as the Student PIRGs' lobbyist on Capitol Hill, working on campaigns to make college more affordable and protect student loan borrowers. She has been a leading voice for students in opposition to access codes, the Cengage-McGraw Hill merger, and automatic textbook billing... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:00pm - 4:55pm EST
Concurrent 1
  Strategies, Panel