On Thursday, October 29, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education announced the #GoOpen campaign, which it defined as a major commitment to “significantly expand and accelerate the creation, curation, use, and sharing of openly licensed educational resources in our schools.” To further promote OER, the Department is proposing a regulation that would “require all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds to have an open license.”
Creative Commons-United States participated in the Open Education Symposium co-hosted by the Department of Education and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Meredith Jacob, from the CC-USA Legal Team said “we applaud the Department of Education’s support for Open Educational Resources. The #GoOpen campaign recognizes the potential of OER to improve teaching and learning, and to fostering equality of access for all students.”
Speakers including Secretary Arne Duncan described the multiple benefits of OER adoption, including increased equity among students, saved money for school systems, empowered teachers (who can adopt the texts to suit classroom needs), and the ability of teachers and others to keep OER texts up to date and relevant (as opposed to traditional textbooks, which are “perpetually out of date”).
For more on the initiative, see