Hawaii backs off OER requirement over academic freedom concerns

Legislators rewrite bill that originally required use of freely accessible educational materials, amid criticism that legislation would have infringed academic freedom and harmed, not helped, the open-access movement.

OER mandate overturned in Hawaii amid concern about infringement of academic freedom https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/02/27/oer-mandate-overturned-hawaii-amid-concern-about-infringement-academic-freedom

The bill would have required use of OER at no cost to students but didn’t include funding for creation of open materials or consider whether or not OER is appropriate in every situation.