SB 2150 was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on May 26, 2011. It is now Ch. 2011-63 of the Laws of Florida. As amended, the law, which takes effect July 1, 2011 provides for the following:
The Florida Distance Learning Consortium shall:
- have the responsibility to negotiate with providers of distance learning resources to cut costs for postsecondary education (they are responsible for giving us Blackboard and Elluminate)
- Develop and operate a central instructional content repository that allows public school and postsecondary educational institution users to search, locate, use and contribute digital and electronic instructional resources and content, including open access textbooks.
- The respository must be accessible by learning management systems used by schools and colleges in Florida
- The repository must allow institutions to set copyright and access restrictions and track content use
- The repository must allow for customization of materials.
- The chancellors of the Florida College System and the State University System will promote the increased use of open access textbooks as a method for reducing textbook costs.