U.S. Department of Education #GoOpen Campaign to Expand Openly Licensed Educational Resources

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 […]

What’s Happening in Williamsfield? A CC-USA FAQ on Open Educational Resources

The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visited the Williamsfield Community School District in Illinois on September 15, 2015 to highlight the District’s use of Open Educational Resources as a means of improving the quality of its instructional materials while also saving public funds. Here’s a CC-USA FAQ on Open Educational Resources and copyright licenses. Textbooks[…]

Over 100 Organizations Ask President to Ensure Federally Funded Educational Resources Are Made Freely Available Under Open Licenses

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[…]

Letter to Department of Education on Open Educational Resources As a Priority for Its Discretionary Grant Programs

Today, Creative Commons and Creative Commons U.S.A. are sending a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan supporting the Department of Education’s (DOE) adoption of the Hewlett Foundation’s definition of Open Educational Resources, and asking the Department to require open licenses for works funded by its grants.  The full letter is available here.  An excerpt[…]

CC-USA Statement Supporting Open Educational Resources Amendment to H.R. 5 Offered by Rep. Polis

This week, the House Rules Committee agreed to allow the full House to consider an Open Education amendment proposed by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).  The amendment would permit funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (H.R.5) to be used for “Awarding grants for the creation and distribution of open access textbooks and open educational[…]