Joint Public Comment on the U.S. Department of Education’s Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs

 Posted by on April 17, 2017  Comments Off on Joint Public Comment on the U.S. Department of Education’s Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs
Apr 172017
 

[Joint comment endorsed by 14 organizations, listed below] We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to implement without further delay Department of Education Rule 2 C.F.R. § 3474.20 for “Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs,” which ensures that educational resources and other copyrightable works created with Department discretionary grant funds are openly licensed. We strongly support this rule, and encourage you to move ahead with its implementation immediately upon conclusion of this extension period. Continue reading »

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Open Education Week: March 7 – 11

 Posted by on March 7, 2016  Comments Off on Open Education Week: March 7 – 11
Mar 072016
 

Open-Education-Week-2016Open Education Week is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to teachers and learners. Coordinated by the Open Education Consortium, the event showcases projects, resources, and ideas from around the world that demonstrate open education in practice. The open education movement seeks to reduce barriers, increase access and drive improvements in education through open sharing and digital formats.  Open education includes free and open access to platforms, tools and resources in education, including learning materials, course materials, videos, assessment tools, research, study groups, and textbooks, all available for free use and modification under an open license.

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Student PIRGs Report on College Textbook Spending: Covering the Cost

 Posted by on February 3, 2016  Comments Off on Student PIRGs Report on College Textbook Spending: Covering the Cost
Feb 032016
 

covering the cost-croppedEthan Senack and Robert Donoghue
Report for Student PIRGs (CC-BY)
Full Study | Executive Summary Follows:

Over the last decade, the cost of college textbooks has soared. Since 2006, the cost of a college textbook increased by 73% – over four times the rate of inflation. Today, individual textbooks often cost over $200, sometimes as high as $400. Continue reading »

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Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation

 Posted by on December 7, 2015  Comments Off on Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation
Dec 072015
 

OECD_logo-150x150Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Link (CC-BY)

Executive Summary:  Education is the key to economic, social and environmental progress, and governments around the world are looking to improve their education systems. The future of education in the 21st century is not simply about reaching more people, but about improving the quality and diversity of educational opportunities. How to best organise and support teaching and learning requires imagination, creativity and innovation.

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials that make use of tools such as open licensing to permit their free reuse, continuous improvement and repurposing by others for educational purposes. The OER community has grown considerably over the past ten years and the impact of OER on educational systems has become an issue of public policy. This report aims to highlight state of the art developments and practice in OER, but also to serve as a basis for exchanges and discussions that lead to cross-country peer learning on how to improve teaching and learning. Continue reading »

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Nov 302015
 

communia[Cross posted from the Communia Assoc., Link (CC-0)] How to secure user rights in education? This was the question we asked during a policy debate organised by Communia and hosted by MEP Michał Boni in the European Parliament on the 17th of November. Panelists, politicians and stakeholders participating in this debate discussed two approaches: the creation and use of Open Educational Resources (OER), and a progressive copyright reform for education. While these issues are usually presented separately, as Communia we see them as two aspects of a single effort to ensure user rights in education. Continue reading »

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Oct 282015
 

sparc logo[Nicole Allen, SPARC, Link (CC-BY)] Today the White House released its 2016-2017 Open Government National Action Plan, which includes commitments to expand access to open educational resources and the results of federally funded research. This exciting development shows continued support from the Obama administration for these issues, and sets the stage for continued progress beyond the 2016 elections. The commitment to Open Education has been highly anticipated by the community since this summer, after more than 100 U.S. civil society organizations — including SPARC — sent a letter to the White House calling for strong executive action to make federally funded educational resources openly licensed. While the OER commitment released today stops short of the broad policy changes that civil society called for, it lays out several meaningful steps in the right direction. Continue reading »

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European Migrant Crisis: Czech Teachers Create and Share Resources

 Posted by on September 24, 2015  Comments Off on European Migrant Crisis: Czech Teachers Create and Share Resources
Sep 242015
 

cc-logo[Jan Gondol, Creative Commons Blog, Link (CC-BY)]  In the midst of the European migrant crisis, the Czech Republic is showing the power of open educational resources (OER).

EDUin, a non-profit organization based in Prague worked with the Czech organization of civic education teachers to address the current migrant crisis. Students in schools were asking questions and wanted to understand what was going on. Why are so many people on the run? What is the difference between a refugee and a migrant? What is the difference between migration, emigration and immigration? Continue reading »

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Students, Food Insecurity, OER

 Posted by on September 1, 2015  Comments Off on Students, Food Insecurity, OER
Sep 012015
 

nair[Meera Nair, Fair Duty Blog, Link (CC-BY)] My last post focused on a very one-sided report bemoaning the fortunes (or lack thereof) of the educational publishing industry. That industry apparently needs our support in the form of continued high-priced payments. This, without regard for either developments in law or legitimate and innovative efforts on the part of the educational community to lighten the financial burden imposed on students, parents and taxpayers. Continue reading »

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100+ Organizations to President: Ensure Federally Funded Educational Resources Are Freely Available Under Open Licenses

 Posted by on August 10, 2015  Comments Off on 100+ Organizations to President: Ensure Federally Funded Educational Resources Are Freely Available Under Open Licenses
Aug 102015
 
(CC BY) Matt Wade

(CC BY) Matt Wade

Creative Commons USA and over 100 other groups have sent a letter to President Obama urging a policy to ensure that “educational materials created with federal funds… are made available to the public as Open Educational Resources to freely use, share, and build upon” through the use of open licenses. The letter further notes that “the global standard for public copyright licensing for copyrighted content is Creative Commons. Existing U.S. Government grant programs including the TAACCCT and First in the World Programs mentioned above, use the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). Releasing materials under a standard license, such as CC-BY, allows for increased reuse and compatibility between materials produced by different institutions, including private charitable foundations and other national governments.” Continue reading »

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SPARC Applauds Senate Committee Action on Public Access Legislation

 Posted by on July 29, 2015  Comments Off on SPARC Applauds Senate Committee Action on Public Access Legislation
Jul 292015
 

sparc logoSPARC press release, Link (CC-BY)
Contact: Ranit Schmelzer
202-5380-1065 | sparcmedia@arl.org

Washington, DC –The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) today passed S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, unanimously by voice vote and moved it to the full Senate for consideration. This marks the first time the Senate has acted on a government-wide policy ensuring public access to the results of publicly funded research, and is an important step towards codifying the progress made by the 2013 White House OSTP Directive. Continue reading »

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Open Education and Open Educational Resources in Brazilian Public Policy

 Posted by on July 20, 2015  Comments Off on Open Education and Open Educational Resources in Brazilian Public Policy
Jul 202015
 

digital rights lac[Priscila Gonsales, Digital Rights LAC, Link, (CC-BY-SA)] After the industrial revolution, the information was primarily physical, printed: books, records, CDs, textbooks, encyclopedias, among other instruments. With the advent of internet, the information no longer requires materiality: it can be spread, multiplied, copied, distributed, remixed, in other words, changed in an immediate and unlimited manner according to varied contexts and needs. If nowadays finding data, content and materials is a click away, education should benefit from this potential and start to use, create and share online teaching resources available, improving research skills, collaboration and authorship of teachers and students. Unfortunately, this is still far from reality. Continue reading »

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Creative Commons Licenses Opening Access to Education in Sub-Saharan Africa and India

 Posted by on March 12, 2015  Comments Off on Creative Commons Licenses Opening Access to Education in Sub-Saharan Africa and India
Mar 122015
 

cc open edu icon[Cross posted from the CCUSA blog, Link (CC-BY)] In all my time with Creative Commons, I’ve come to see that support comes from people across a wide spectrum of creators. For some, the Creative Commons licenses and their related icons provide the vocabulary and the solidarity around the sharing that they would engage in over the Internet even if the licenses did not exist. For others, the licenses are needed to free users from copyright constraints that would otherwise inhibit or prohibit uses that the creator wants to promote. Continue reading »

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