1/21/2011

DOL $2-Billion Grant: CC BY Required (Yey!)

As you know, the Departments of Labor and Education announced the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program yesterday.

Open Education Colleagues - this is VERY good news:

Intellectual Property Rights (page 21)

In order to further the goal of career training and education and encourage innovation in the development of new learning materials, as a condition of the receipt of a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (“Grant”), the Grantee will be required to license to the public (not including the Federal Government) all work created with the support of the grant (“Work”) under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (“License”). This License allows subsequent users to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the copyrighted work and requires such users to attribute the work in the manner specified by the Grantee. Notice of the License shall be affixed to the Work. For more information on this License, please visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

My note to WA Community & Technical Colleges: This is VERY good news for our system (and is consistent with the SBCTC open policy) – as all 34 Colleges will have unrestricted, open access (legal rights to reuse, remix, revise and redistribute) to all $2B worth of courses / programs produced with this grant.

(from CC post): Beth Noveck, professor of law and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Director of the White House Open Government Initiative, said, “The decision to make the work product of $2 billion in federally funded grants free for others to reuse represents a historic step forward for open education. The Departments of Labor and Education are to be congratulated for adopting more open grantmaking practices to ensure that taxpayer money funds the widest possible distribution of this important job-training courseware.”

1 comment:

Rob Abel said...

Cable- I agree this is good news. However. I read the solicitation and in the fine print is something that will nullify any benefit. It is the requirement to implement the content using the 10 year old SCORM standards. These standards, developed by the Department of Defense have been tried in education many times and failed miserably in terms of enabling reuse. They also cost a lot to implement. I've posted a detailed explanation and position on the IMS site to try to give potential bidders support for getting the SCORM requirement removed. The post is here.

-- Rob Abel

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