School of Open Launch!

Repost from Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/37179

Welcome to the School of Open, Class of 2013

Jane Park, March 12th, 2013

Happy Open Education Week! We are happy to announce that the School of Open community has launched its first set of courses

The Library of Congress / No known copyright restrictions

Sign up for these facilitated courses

this week (sign-up will remain open through Sunday, March 17). These courses will start the week of March 18 (next week!). To sign up, simply click the “Start Course” button under the course’s menu navigation on the left.
  • Copyright 4 Educators (US)Sign up if you’re an educator who wants to learn about US copyright law in the education context.
  • Copyright 4 Educators (AUS)Sign up if you’re an educator who wants to learn about Australian copyright, statutory licenses and open educational resources (OER).
  • Creative Commons for K-12 EducatorsSign up if you’re a K-12 educator (anywhere in the world) who wants to learn how to find and adapt free, useful resources for your classroom, and incorporate activities that teach your students digital world skills.
  • Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and BeyondSign up if you want to learn how to edit Wikipedia or improve your editing skills — especially if you are interested in and knowledgeable about open educational resources (OER) (however, no background in this area is required).

All other courses are now ready for you to take

at any time, with or without your peers. They include:
  • Get a CC license. Put it on your website – This course is exactly what the title says: it will help you with the steps of getting a CC license and putting it on your work. It’s tailored to websites, although the same steps apply to most other works.
  • Open Science: An Introduction – This course is a collaborative learning environment meant to introduce the idea of Open Science to young scientists, academics, and makers of all kinds. Open Science is a tricky thing to define, but we’ve designed this course to share what we know about it, working as a community to make this open resource better.
  • Open data for GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) – This course is for professionals in cultural institutions who are interested in opening up their data as open culture data. It will guide you through the different steps towards open data and provide you with extensive background information on how to handle copyright and other possible issues.
  • Intro to Openness in Education – This is an introductory course exploring the history and impacts of openness in education. The main goal of the course is to give you a broad but shallow grounding in the primary areas of work in the field of open education.
  • A Look at Open Video – This course will give you a quick overview of some of the issues, tools and areas of interest in the area of open video. It is aimed at students interested in developing software, video journalists, editors and all users of video who want to take their knowledge further.
  • Contributing to Wikimedia Commons – A sister project of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons is a repository of openly licensed images that people all over the world use and contribute to. This challenge gets you acquainted with uploading your works to the commons.
  • Open Detective – This course will help you explore the scale of open to non-open content and how to tell the difference.
And more… check out all the courses at http://schoolofopen.org/.

Join a launch event this week

  • P2PU: A Showcase of Open Peer Learning (Wednesday, March 13) – Join this webinar to see a showcase of some of P2PU’s best learning groups spanning topics from education to open content to programming to Spanish and more, and learn how you can participate.
  • Open Video Sudan (all week, March 10-17) – Join the Open Video Forum in improving “A Look at Open Video” and creating new courses and resources on open video in Sudan.
And more events as part of Open Education Week at http://www.openeducationweek.org/events-webinars/.

Spread the word

Just do these 3 things and call it a day.
      1. Tweet this:
      #SchoolofOpen has launched! Take free courses on #copyright, #OER, #openscience & more: http://creativecommons.org/?p=37179

      2. Blog and email this:
      The School of Open has launched! Take a free online course on copyright, CC licenses, Wikipedia, open science, open culture, open video formats, and more at http://schoolofopen.org/. Especially check out this course: [link to course of your choice here]. Read more about the launch at http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/37179.
      3. Print out a copy of this pdf and pin it to the bulletin board at your work, school, or local coffee shop.


The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks

The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks

Governments turn to the Creative Commons license to reform education programs


Creative Commons: Turning 10!

Greetings Friends of CC:

As I'm sure you know, this year is Creative Commons' 10th Birthday!  Starting this Friday, we'll be launching into a 10-day frenzy of celebrations leading up to 16 December - the day the first CC license suite was launched in 2002.

The celebrations will be wide ranging, including more than 20 celebrations worldwide, a dedicated website, interviews and featured resources, a social media campaign and our usual annual fundraising campaign.

As part of the CC community, there are many things you can do to help:

  • Add a widget or banner to your website: you can find the official CC10 logo (scroll to the bottom of the page).
  • Go to a party, or encourage your friends to attend. There are CC10 events planned on every continent (except Antarctica), starting tonight and continuing almost every day through December 16. There are even some online events and webinars.
  • Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and let your friends know. The hashtag for the celebrations will be #CC10
  • Give CC a birthday present! Write something, draw something, compose something - whatever you do well - and add it to our CC10 Flickr group, or send it to us via Twitter, Facebook or at press@creativecommons.org
  • And, of course, please encourage your friends and family to donate (or even donate yourself).

Most gratefully,


Give CC a birthday gift!

Creative Commons is turning 10 this month. Millions of people around the world are using CC licenses to make the Internet a smarter, freer, and more innovative place. We are grateful to you, as a member of the global community that supports Creative Commons. Thank you for being part of the CC team.

Give CC a birthday gift today, and make an investment in the future of the Internet as a place to openly create, share, collaborate, and learn. We need your help to launch our next decade with a birthday gift of $25, $50, $100, or more.

When we blow out the candles on the CC birthday cake, our wish is no secret. We want another decade with even more CC licensed photos, videos, music, educational materials, textbooks, data, and scientific research available to everyone on the planet. We’re only 10 and we’re just getting started.

Please join CC in shaping the future of sharing, and donate now!

With great appreciation,

Cathy Casserly

p.s. donate at least $50 and get our new CC t-shirt!


Building an Innovation-Based Economy with Creative Commons

In a paper released in conjunction with a panel discussion, the Brookings Institution identifies promising policy ideas to encourage entrepreneurship and innovative growth in the technology industry.
  • "We need to improve knowledge transmission through faster adoption of digital textbooks, more widespread use of creative commons licenses for instructional materials developed with taxpayer dollars, and policy changes that speed education innovation."
  • "In an era of limited resources, educators must figure out how to do more with fewer financial resources. One action that would improve school efficiency and financing is to have educational resources developed with taxpayer dollars be licensed under a creative commons license that would improve accessibility to instructional materials. Budget circumstances require schools to get more efficient, boost productivity, and make do with fewer financial resources. While this poses obvious problems for school districts, it also creates the possibility of making changes in business operations that are innovative and transformational."
  • "Throughout each of these initiatives, we should have metrics assessing education innovation implementation and impact. We should determine how fast we are transitioning from paper to digital textbooks, leverage the use of creative commons licenses, and enforce changes in education policy and accreditation that encourage more innovative approaches to learning and achievement."
The report also endorses FRPAA legislation that would "mandate public dissemination of federally funded research within six months of publication (for agencies with extramural funding exceeding $100 million)."


2012 Paris OER Declaration

Our (all of us) collective work in helping governments understand "openness" and why open policies are important got a boost last week when UNESCO members states unanimously approved the 2012 Paris OER Declaration.

Creative Commons blog post:

Well done UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning and everyone who worked hard for the last year to get this Declaration passed!

See the list of recommendations, for governments, on the blog post.  We have plenty of work to do.

Your partner in all things open,


PS - Please "tweet":   2012 Paris #OER Declaration passed @UNESCO. Read #CC wrapup & full declaration: http://bit.ly/LFJqzs  #openpolicy

Lawrence Lessig's Keynote (added 27 July, 2012):


New CC License Chooser (beta)

Greetings Open Friends:

Creative Commons (CC) has been working on a rewrite of its license chooser: http://creativecommons.org/choose 

There are a number of problems with the existing chooser than have caused the rewrite.  The most notable problem is a common misconception that the license chooser is a registration process - which it is not.

The new chooser approaches that problem with a different UI design. CC's goal is for the license chooser to both be clear and simple, and to function better as an educational tool.  For example, NC and ND are not free culture licenses.  That is apparent in the new chooser via interactivity, whereas it is not clear in the existing license chooser.

You can find the new license chooser on our staging site: http://staging.creativecommons.org/choose/

You can read more about the motivations behind this project here: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Interactive_license_chooser

CC is hoping to replace the old license chooser with the new interactive chooser in approximately two weeks.  The CC Technology team will be iterating on the new chooser after it goes live, as there are additional features desired but are out of the scope of the first iteration.

If you have any suggestions for adjustments and/or features, please e-mail Jonathan Palecek: jonathan@creativecommons.org

Please keep in mind that beyond design changes and interactivity, features not already present in the old chooser are out of scope for implementation in this first iteration on the new chooser. Suggestions for new features will be logged and considered after this first iteration is launched.

Kudos to Jonathan Palecek and the entire CC Technology and Legal teams for creating an improved and easier to use CC license chooser!

We are eager to hear your comments.

Most gratefully,



Open Access Needs Your Help! Please sign.

Everyone please tweet:


CC Post: Sign the U.S. Petition to Support Public Access to Publicly Funded Scientific Research


We petition the obama administration to:

Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.

We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.

The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.


OER Community: Feedback re: CC 4.0 Attribution marking requirements?

Greetings Open Colleagues:

As many of you know, Creative Commons (CC) is in the process of creating a new version of its licenses - version 4.0. We have published a first draft as a starting point (available at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0_Drafts), and we are in the process of getting feedback to create and publish a second draft in June / July. The full versioning process will probably take until the end of 2012. For more information about the 4.0 schedule, as well as extensive information about the various issues being addressed and debated, please visit our 4.0 wiki (http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0). If you have not already, please also join the license discuss email list where many of the issues are being debated (http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/cc-licenses).

We are hoping to receive as much input as possible from the OER community, and while you are all are most welcome to participate in any part of the 4.0 discussion, CC would like your feedback on the following questions about attribution in CC licenses.

Please send your feedback to me (cable@creativecommons.org) and Sarah Pearson (sarah@creativecommons.org).


In draft 1 of v.4, we tried to simplify the attribution and marking requirements by putting them all into one section of the license in list form. This is designed to make it easier for licensees to understand and comply with their obligations.
Specifically, when sharing the work, licensees must provide the following information when it is supplied by licensor:
  • Name of the author
  • Name of parties designed by licensor for attribution
  • Title of the work
  • Copyright notice
  • URI associated with the work
  • URI associated with the CC license
  • Notices, disclaimers, warranties referring to the CC license

(1) Is there any other information we should require licensees to provide when fulfilling the attribution and marking requirements under CC licenses? Alternatively, is there anything in this list that is unnecessary for licensees to provide even when it is supplied by the licensor? Our goal is to make the requirements extensive enough to satisfy licensors’ desire to be attributed and recognized for their work without making the obligations impractical. 

(2) All of these requirements may be fulfilled in any reasonable manner based on the medium the licensee is using to share the licensed work. This flexibility is intended to help ease compliance with the license conditions. Does the current language grant licensees too much flexibility? Not enough? Is there anything else we should change to make it easier on licensees that are remixing content from multiple sources – the so-called “attribution stacking” problem?

(3) If the URI associated with the work refers to a resource that specifies the name of the author (or attribution parties, if applicable) and title of the work, licensees may include only the URI rather than specifying that information separately. This is another attempt to make compliance with the license conditions easier and more flexible without compromising the needs and expectations of licensors. Is this shortcut appropriate and/or helpful? If the URI points to a resource that includes the other required information (e.g., the copyright notice), would it be preferable to allow the URI shortcut to satisfy those other requirements as well?

(4) Some licensors have more detailed expectations for attribution of their work. Should we make allowances for licensors who want to include specific attribution requirements (e.g., a particular attribution statement), or would this unnecessarily complicate license compliance? Note that any particular requirements would need to be subject to the reasonableness standard to be consistent with the explicit terms of the license.

(5) Another possibility is to change the language to a more general requirement to acknowledge the author and cite the original work. We could then include the current list of attribution and marking requirements as an example of best practices rather than as a specific legal requirement. This would potentially give licensees more freedom to adapt attribution to their particular circumstances, while maintaining the spirit and purpose of the requirements. Is this a proposal we should pursue? Why or why not?

We sincerely appreciate your feedback!



Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies... many "Open" chapters ;)

New Educause book: "Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies"


Note all of the chapters on "Open" topics ;)

Please share, tweet, post....

Thank you,


Registrations now open for OCL4Ed: Celebrating 10 years of OER with UNESCO

Please help spread the word!

Sample Tweet:  Just announced free online course on #OER & CC licensing. http://goo.gl/rPutY  #OCL4Ed


2012 is a significant year for open education and OER. We are celebrating 10 years since UNESCO coined the term "Open Educational Resources".

In joining the global celebrations, the OER Foundation will host a free online training workshop on OERs, Copyright and Creative Commons licensing.

When: 20 June -  3 July 2012 (to coincide with the UNESCO World OER Congress in Paris).
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Registrations for this celebratory online workshop are now open:  Register today to reserve your seat.

We are aiming to break our previous #OCL4Ed record of 1067 registrations, so please share the gift of knowledge and invite colleagues and friends to join us.

We welcome graduates of former OCL4Ed workshops to join our lead facilitators and assist with peer-learning support for educators around the world who want to learn more about OER and open licensing.  More info on how you can assist coming soon. 

We look forward to welcoming you to OCL4Ed 2012.06.

With kind regards

The OER Foundation team
COL Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic
UNESCO-COL Chair in OER at Athabasca University
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