February 27, 2010
Listed below are the final task force recommendations to meet critical, identified needs for a successful implementation of open access textbooks in Florida.
Recommendation (1): The OATTF recommends that the Florida Distance Learning Consortium in consultation with the Board of Governors and the Division of Florida Colleges periodically update the open access textbook inventory and annually update the prioritized list of general education courses recommended for the possible use of open access textbooks. This prioritized list of general education courses should also map available open access textbooks to a specific prioritized course number when that information becomes available. Any course number for which there is an identified open access textbook should also be included in the list which would be available on-line.
Recommendation (2): The OATTF supports the joint legislative budget request by the Division of Florida Colleges and the Board of Governors for equal support the repository software maintenance fee of $85,000.
Recommendation (3): The OATTF endorses the proposed plan for the review and approval of open access textbooks that has been developed and implemented through the Orange Grove Texts Plus initiative based on publisher practices.
Recommendation (4): The OATTF recommends that the Florida Distance Learning Consortium coordinate interested individuals or groups, with approval from the Board of Governors and the Division of Florida Colleges, that will investigate and identify funding sources to support a competition to develop open access materials for prioritized Florida courses. This recommendation is not to the exclusion of efforts to seek external support for textbook development and peer review.
Recommendation (5): The OATTF recommends that both the Division of Florida Colleges and the Board of Governors appoint appropriate academic representation to develop and recommend review criteria or guidelines for the inclusion of digital scholarship in tenure and promotion decisions. The Florida Distance Learning Consortium will research and identify similar policies or criteria currently in use or in development.
Recommendation (6): The OATTF recommends that the Florida Distance Learning Consortium develop professional development materials, a media kit and offer an awareness campaign on individual campuses that will raise awareness of and promote the use of open access textbooks and instructional materials. The focus should be to offer a wide selection of teaching resources for selection, modification and/or reuse, while still preserving the principle of academic freedom. Media kits should be sent to local student media sources.
Recommendation (7): The OATTF recommends that faculty be encouraged to contribute a textbook to an institutional or statewide foundation by providing a federal income tax charitable contribution credit. The value of the tax credit would be established by the University Press of Florida.
Recommendation (8): The OATTF recommends that institutional leadership be informed regarding barriers and incentives needed to encourage significant faculty adoption of open textbooks and asked to explore, enhance and report on successful institutional specific incentives that promote digital academic involvement. These incentives should integrate with existing institutional recognition systems to acknowledge digital scholarship.
Recommendation (9): The OATTF recommends that the Florida Distance Learning Consortium request nominations for a statewide committee that will recommend, develop, and establish a statewide recognition system that evaluates such criteria as: high quality contributions of open access textbooks and materials, increased student performance through the use of open access materials, increased student satisfaction, or the decrease in costs for student course materials. Faculty and staff recognized for this honor would be invited to participate in a wide range of roles.
Recommendation (11): The OATTF recommends that the Florida Distance Learning Consortium monitor and annually report on the adoption rate of open access textbooks, progress of the initiative, and satisfaction of faculty and students regarding their use of open access textbooks.