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Policy relating to open education

Policies usually apply either to K-12 education or to higher education - there are no examples of unified policies spanning all levels of education:

  • International policies: These are adopted by intergovernmental organizations and are usually not binding for its members. The most important such policy now in force is the UNESCO OER Declaration 
  • National policies: Currently no country in the world has adopted a comprehensive policy concerning open education or open educational resources. However, many governments have required open licensing for the educational outputs of certain programs, eg. the U.S. Department of Labor's $2 billion TAACCCT program requires CC BY on all educational outputs 
  • Regional policies (for example, state-level policies): In several countries, policies have been introduced by state governments. Examples of such policies is the Bill  HB 2337  “Regarding open educational resources in K-12 education”, passed by the Senate of the State of Washington
  • Funders mandates can be seen as specific types of policies that apply to funding programs of charitable organizations. They are important in themselves, but also set standards for other, public policies.

See the  OER Policy Registry  for examples of OER policies.


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