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ERIC Number: ED569228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Navigating the Digital Shift: Mapping the Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials
Fox, Christine; Jones, Rachel; Neugent, Lan
State Educational Technology Directors Association
In 2015, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) administered the Digital Instructional Materials Survey regarding state policies and guidelines for the acquisition, vetting, and funding of instructional resources for all 50 states, Guam, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Based upon this survey, independent research, and interviews with educators from a variety of educational and government organizations, this publication strives to inform educators, non-traditional instructional materials publishers, technology developers, and investors on the increasingly supportive environment of states with respect to innovation around digital instructional materials. Seven states reported that they have statutes requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials in the next five years. This is a dramatic shift in state policy, as legislators are now recognizing the benefits of digital learning and the need for instructional materials that are available via devices anywhere, anytime. Additionally, all states that have a textbook definition now include digital materials as part of that definition. States are working towards ensuring a vibrant marketplace with more than half of states reporting that they are creating policies and specific procedures for companies to follow when selling digital instructional materials. This report is organized around the following six areas: (1) essential conditions; (2) state acquisition policies; (3) funding and budget implications; (4) state policies; (5) current progress; and (6) next steps. This report complements the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Portal (DMAPS), an online database with details regarding each state's policies and practices regarding the acquisition of digital instructional materials. The following are appended: (1) Endnotes; (2) Website: Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS); (3) State Digital Instructional Materials Policy Highlights; (4) School/District Exemplars; (5) Glossary; (6) Licensing for Digital Resources Chart; and (7) K12 Instructional Materials Acquisition Process.
State Educational Technology Directors Association. P.O. Box 10, Glen Burnie, MD 21060. Tel: 410-757-3342; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Identifiers - Location: United States