Joint Commission on Technology and Science
Resources Advisory Committee
October 1, 2007
The Open Education
Resources Advisory Committee met on October 1, 2007, at the Virginia Information
Technologies Agency (VITA) in Chester, Virginia, with Delegate Chris Peace
as chair. The JCOTS committee was established to study the textbook purchasing
policies in the Commonwealth and study the use of open education resources
to both lower the cost of textbooks and improve the quality of learning
in the K-12 environment.
The staff updated
the committee on open education resources (OER) legislation in other states
and the One Laptop Per Child Program (OLPC).
VICE PRESIDENT OF CUSTOMIZATION AND SPECIAL MARKETS - HOLT, RINEHART,
Tom Barber of Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, an education publishing company,
provided an overview of the progressing textbook market from a publisher's
perspective. The advisory committee was particularly interested in Mr.
Barber's opinions on textbook purchasing policies in other states. He
stated that California is one of the more regulated states, but Florida
and Texas have emerged as leaders in textbook purchasing/utilization policies,
but individual localities such as Henrico County in Virginia can emerge
The members were
interested in the feasibility of Holt, Rinehart, and Winston offering
the option of printing select chapters of materials at a reduced cost.
Mr. Barber responded that he could envision this type of option for the
middle grade sciences at some point in the future, but it was not an option
Texas is a leader
because the state adopts all textbooks for public education in one year.
This large purchasing contract controls the market and publishers respond
more quickly to the demands and needs of the Texas school system. Another
advantage is that Texas textbook funding is based on purchasing per textbook
instead of per student.
Mr. Baker discussed
the definition of open access and the open access movement on the internet,
as well as provided the members with an overview of open access journals
as open education resources that may be used by the public schools as
learning materials in the future. The presentation and handout are available
on the JCOTS website.
Delegate Peace asked
a representative from Pearson Education, Inc., in attendance if his company
had made any efforts to offer more adaptive learning materials in Virginia.
The representative stated that Pearson Education, Inc., proposed the offering
of six years of consumable class lessons, but the Virginia Board of Education
stated that the this arrangement would not be allowed under state Code,
because the materials would not last for six years, which is the requirement
for textbook contracts.
The members discussed
the need for infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades in many
public school classrooms, before the state could adopt many of the open
resources discussed during the meeting.
It was suggested
that a state depository be created at a Virginia university consisting
of teaching materials and lessons developed at K-12 public schools. The
project could be tested with a pilot program.
Delegate Peace asked
that staff research the current state Code regarding purchasing textbooks
to determine if the lack of a definition for "textbook" restricted
a locality from adopting electronic materials that could substitute for
There was time allotted
for public comment on the agenda, but there was none received.
October 9, 2007
The JCOTS Aerospace Meeting was held on October 9, 2007,
at the NASA Visitor Center, Wallop's Island with Delegate John Cosgrove
as chair. The meeting was open to the public and featured several guest
MID-ATLANTIC INSTITUTE OF SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY (MIST)
Wayne Woodham provided the advisory committee with an overview of the
Mid-Atlantic Institute of Space and Technology (PowerPoint available on
JCOTS website). Mr. Woodham identified three priorities for MIST: autonomous
vehicles, operationally responsive space, and commercial launch operations.
With access to restricted airspace, especially over the coastal landscape,
Mr. Woodham hopes to take advantage of the recent interest in developing
and testing unmanned aerial vehicles.
After the presentation the advisory committee discussed
the status of the MOU entered by the governor's of Virginia and Maryland
in 2003. The advisory committee is interested in re-establishing some
form of formal relationship with Maryland.
VIRGINIA SPACE FLIGHT ACADEMY (VSFA)
provided an overview of the Virginia Space Flight Academy (PowerPoint
available on JCOTS website). Mr. Marshall and the advisory committee briefly
discussed the need for an additional marketing staff member for the Academy
to help in recruiting campers.
LEE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SPACE ANGELS NETWORK, MANAGING PARTNER, INNOVARIUM
VENTURES: THE SPACE FLORIDA MODEL AND RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE CHANGES
TO THE VIRGINIA COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT AUTHORITY.
Lee provided an overview of space activities in several states as well
as a comprehensive review of Florida's model and recommended changes to
Virginia's Commercial Spaceflight Authority. A list of formal recommendations
can be found in Dr. Lee's presentation materials, which are available
on the JCOT’s website.
Designated time was
reserved for members of the public to express their views relating to
the Aerospace Advisory Committee and Aerospace policy in the Commonwealth,
however, no public comment was received.
AND NEXT MEETING
Delegate Cosgrove requested the advisory committee meet
one final time for the 2007 interim to review potential recommendations
for legislation during the 2008 General Assembly Session.
The Hon. Joe T.
The Hon. John C. Watkins
Patrick Cushing, JCOTS Staff Attorney
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