About This Project

Launched in October 2015, the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) is an online database providing details regarding each state’s policies related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and its membership curated this database.

The goal of this portal is to provide a clear picture of each state’s instructional materials policies and practices to help encourage increased implementation of digital instructional materials. Educators, policy makers and the private sector executives all have the ability to review state policies and practices regarding the procurement and implementation of instructional materials in multiple ways including the ability to access individual state profiles, to compare up to five states and to make further comparisons via an interactive map that displays national trends. This work supports state and district leaders understanding of state policies related to procuring instructional materials (including non-traditional instructional materials, such as digital content) to best meet the individual needs of students and can potentially impact policy changes. In addition, publishers of instructional materials, technology developers, and investors can learn more about the relative friendliness of states to encourage innovation with respect to digital instructional materials.

SETDA’s State Action Committee helped provide a comprehensive overview of state practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials. As part of the research, SETDA interviewed lead educators from a variety of educational and government organizations, state instructional materials leads and state procurement officers. In addition, SETDA conducted a data collection of all 50 states and US territories regarding state policies and guidelines for the acquisition, vetting, and funding of instructional materials.

How to cite this source

Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States. SETDA. June 2017. dmaps.setda.org.

Event Archives

Webinar: Navigating the Shift: Accessible Education Materials for All Students

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Event Archive

SETDA and CAST are collaborating to increase the awareness of the availability and use of accessible digital educational materials that benefit all learners. Join us for this webinar where presenters Christine Fox and Joy Zabala will identify best practices to leverage expertise to acquire accessible materials for teaching and learning. They will also provide information on how to navigate digital educational materials policies supporting K-12 students. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the newly updated Digital Instructional Materials online portal and the information it provides on accessible instructional materials. In addition, leaders from Maryland’s State Department of Education will share examples of how the accessible educational materials and educational technology teams have collaborated to ensure accessible learning opportunities for all students. This webinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, administrators, and librarians.

Webinar: Selecting Quality Instructional Materials for Learning

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Event Archive

SETDA launches the From Print to Digital: Quality Instructional Materials toolkit during this webinar. The toolkit provides useful resources and guidance that will help state and local leaders identify best practices when considering instructional materials, including core-instructional materials and supplemental resources. Key considerations, questions, quotes and helpful hints are included throughout the guide. Additionally, the guide includes best practices from states and districts and national, state and local resources to consider when selecting quality instructional materials. Presenters will provide an overview of the guide, discuss how to use this guide and share some of their own experiences in selecting quality instructional materials, aligned to standards.

Webinar: Navigating the Digital Shift: Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition

January 13, 2016

Webinar Archive

SETDA’s webinar shared state policies and practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials, including exploring the flexibility in state policies and practices to encourage the implementation of digital learning resources. SETDA’s recent publication, Navigating the Digital Shift: Mapping the Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials provides an analysis of state policy trends related to digital instructional materials, essential conditions for implementation, an update on the states’ progress towards SETDA’s Out of Print recommendations and highlights several next steps for consideration as leaders move to advance the learning experiences in the digital age. Several district leaders will share highlights of their journey’s transition to digital instructional materials. This webinar will highlight trends from this research paper and exemplars of districts that have leveraged policies and implemented digital instructional materials.

Webinar: DMAPS Launch October 7, 2015 at 3pm ET

This webinar offers the opportunity to share state policies and practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials, including exploring the flexibility in state policies and practices to encourage the implementation of digital learning resources. The webinar will launch the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), a new, online database providing details regarding each state’s policies related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. The goal of the portal is to provide a clear picture of each state’s instructional materials policies and practices to help encourage increased implementation of digital instructional materials. Educators, policy makers and private sector executives will all have the ability to review state policies and practices regarding the procurement and implementation of instructional materials including the ability to access individual state profiles, to compare states and make further comparisons via an interactive map that displays national trends. In addition, the webinar will offer the opportunity for questions and comments regarding a range of policy and practice issues related to digital content.

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