A QUESTION TO PONDER
What if everything were OER?
Forest service person - 1939 by Cocino National Forest / CC BY-SA
POTENTIAL OF OPEN POLICY
Extend the reach of public investments
Lower costs for students
Inspire new technologies and pedagogies
DEFINITION OF OER
(Open Educational Resources)
"OER are teaching, learning, and research
resources that reside in the public domain
or have been released under an intellectual
property license that permits their free use
and re-purposing by others."
not just access, it's about repurposing, too
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables
the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free
CREATORS HAVE A CHOICE
commercial use | derivative works | downstream copyright
Some rights can be reserved, but sharing is made easy.
(and you always get attribution)
(Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training)
"To ensure that Federal investment of
these funds has as broad an impact as
possible and to encourage innovation in
the development of new learning
U.S. Dept of Labor Grants - $2 billion over 4 years
Health, Manufacturing, IT +more
All courseware licensed CC BY
CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Open licensing (CC BY) on all educational resources created
with public funds from all Chancellor's Office grants
DURBIN OPEN TEXTBOOK BILL
Affordable College Textbook Act (2013)
Sen. Durbin and Sen. Franken
Opensourceway / CC BY-SA
Grant program to fund pilots, revise, report on student savings
Connectivism, open web
culture of remixing, DS106-style
communities of learners
the web is the platform
access only, walled gardens
scaled in size
promise of personalized learning
COURSERA | EDX | UDACITY
Massive Open Online Course?
Under lock and key by Janet Ramsden / CC BY
THINGS WE KNOW
Access to knowledge is a human right.
The cost of copying digital works is almost zero.
The cost of transmitting digital works is almost zero.
Let's focus on things beyond controlling content.