November 26, 2011

Using Creative Commons Resources for Teaching!




A great post and video from our friends in Cape Town!


Cable


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The OpenContent UCT project at the University of Cape Town tries to encourage academics to create resources which can be shared and reused by their colleagues as well as other educators or self-learners.  These resources, shared openly on the internet, can then be discovered, used and remixed by teachers around the world.



In order to make resources openly available we must adhere to issues of copyright.  We encourage academics to source and use works licensed under Creative Commons whenever possible so that we can legally share the resulting materials more widely.  Creative Commons provides an alternative legal framework for specifying conditions for reuse of creative materials.  Creative Commons provides the vehicle for content creators to specify a licence for reuse of their content with “some rights reserved”, thus providing an alternative to the “all rights reserved” model of traditional copyright. 


This video attempts to bring awareness to some of the implications in sourcing materials online without considering the copyright on the material.  If we can transform teachers practice so that they use Creative Commons materials exclusively, we can legally share much more of our teaching and learning content!  

May 17, 2011

The Quiet Revolution in Open Learning

Chronicle:  The Quiet Revolution in Open Learning

"Then, the Education and Labor Departments decided to do something highly uncharacteristic of large federal bureaucracies: They began to talk. To one another. Constructively. What they devised could change higher education for huge numbers of students, many of whom will never attend a community college at all.

The concept is simple: Community colleges that compete for federal money to serve students online will be obliged to make those materials—videos, text, assessments, curricula, diagnostic tools, and more—available to everyone in the world, free, under a Creative Commons license. The materials will become, to use the common term, open educational resources, or OER's."

May 2, 2011

Cable Green moving to Creative Commons

I am delighted to announce I have accepted the position of “Director of Global Learning” @ Creative Commons (job details below).  CC posted the news this morning.

While I am sad leaving the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (it has been the best job of my career!), I have an intense passion for open education resources and open policy… and this is an opportunity to work those issues on a global scale.  I believe, as the marginal cost of sharing digital content approaches $0, we have a collective obligation to help learners everywhere access a quality, affordable education.


Creative Commons is about realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture, and driving a new era of development, growth, and productivity.


I think it will be a good fit ;)

Cable

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JOB TITLE: Director of Global Learning
Supervisor: CEO, Cathy Casserly

PURPOSE OF JOB:

·         Responsible for setting strategic direction and priorities to build regional momentum and a global movement to enable robust and vibrant practices and policies for free sharing of education and learning assets.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Develop relationships with constituent communities (such as high-profile institutions, organizations and governments) to openly license their content, and to promote Creative Commons.

·         Identify and foresee trends in learning and education communities and determine how Creative Commons' licenses and technologies can influence creation, distribution and funding practices.


·         Work with countries, states / provinces / territories, and higher education and K-12 systems / institutions to adopt policies that require publicly funded works to be openly licensed with Creative Commons licensing.

·         Coordinate annual and long-term strategic planning processes with staff and Board committee and work with learning team staff to develop short and long-range work plans with clear objectives and timetables for achieving goals.

·         Work with learning/education vendors and communities to integrate Creative Commons tools into their content creation or distribution processes.

·         Take feedback from the education community and refine existing Creative Commons tool- set to better meet the needs of the community.

·         Ensure timely reporting and communication between the learning team and full Creative Commons staff, board of directors and stakeholders so that all are properly informed of team activities.

·         Serve as an effective and professional spokesperson for Creative Commons; represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, governments and the general public.

·         Work with CC affiliate network and others to scale impact globally.

April 18, 2011

Flat World Knowledge Puts Faculty in Control With "Make It Your Own" Textbook Platform


Wow!  Check out the video below...

Flat World Knowledge is breaking the textbook publishing rules yet again.

All together now… “We want FREE, online, customizable, open textbooks where STUDENTS get to choose price and format.”

Let the disruption begin,

Cable
Press release.

April 13, 2011

Creative Commons Announces Support Program for Department of Labor C3T Grantees

Creative Commons is pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide support to successful applicants of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (C3T) grant program with our partnering organizations Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative, CAST, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The free of charge technical assistance services will provide a competitive advantage for organizations seeking C3T grant funds and ensure that the open educational resources created with these federal funds are of the highest quality. The partnering organizations will provide the following areas of expertise: open licensing, learning and course design, professional development, and adoption and use. C3T applicants interested in these free services should include boilerplate language in their proposal. This suggested language, as well as a high-level description of services, can be viewed at http://creativecommons.org/taa-grant-program

Creative Commons is excited to participate in this groundbreaking effort and grateful to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its generous support in facilitating open learning.

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The following is updated copy from http://creativecommons.org/taa-grant-program


Updated April 13, 2011

Creative Commons is pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide support to successful applicants of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (C3T) grant program with our partnering organizations Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative (OLI), CAST, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

Applicants interested in partnering with Creative Commons for this support should incorporate the following paragraph into their C3T proposal:

Aligned with Section III D of the SGA “Leveraged Expertise,” [enter applicant name] will partner with Creative Commons, Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative, CAST, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. These highly experienced organizations will provide comprehensive infrastructure support and capacity building along the following dimensions:
    • Creative Commons is the global leader in open content licensing and will provide technical support in meeting the open licensing requirement and ensuring interoperability of C3T funded content.
    • Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative brings expertise in applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of open web-based learning environments.
    • CAST is a pioneer in the field of Universal Design for Learning and will offer grantees technical support and enabling technologies to ensure that all of the digital content and learning environments developed in this project succeed with the widest range of learners possible.
    • The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is one of the leading community college systems in the nation fully embracing open educational resources and open licensing, and will develop best practices in adoption and use, policies and professional development that work for participating institutions.
Services will be coordinated through Creative Commons, at zero budget impact to [enter applicant name].

Good luck with your applications! Creative Commons will contact all successful grantees after the first round winners are announced. More in-depth detail on services will be provided after the DOL announcement. Questions should be directed to TAA@creativecommons.org

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High-level description of services

The partnering organizations will provide C3T grantees a comprehensive set of support and technical assistance to ensure their success. Those services include reinforcing open licensing practices, increasing access to existing open educational resources (OER), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), accessibility and web-based design best practices, as well as professional development in critical policy and adoption practices. Every effort will be made not only to link grantees with existing resources, but also to encourage linkages among them to maximize benefits and build open licensing capacity in the community college space.

Open Licensing Support: Creative Commons will
lend technical support in meeting the open licensing requirement and ensuring interoperability of content. Creative Commons will explain its licenses and tools (especially CC BY) to grantees, and provide both explanatory documentation and outreach to help institutions understand and effectively implement this requirement.

Course Design and Best Practices: OLI and CAST will provide expertise and enabling technologies to ensure that all of the digital content and learning environments developed in this project are designed to succeed with the widest range of learners possible.

Web-Based Learning Environments: Plus Platform and Plus Co-Development: OLI and CAST will offer two additional options for deeper involvement in building web-based interactive environments. Institutions selected to participate in the “Plus Platform” option will have access to OLI's web-based learning platform to host their own open educational resources. A group of multiple subgroups will be selected for “Plus Co-development” support and engage in a full design process for OER resulting in 3-4 complete learning environments created and hosted on the UDL-enhanced OLI web-based learning platform.

Making the Case: Policy and Best Practices: SBCTC will utilize its system-wide experience in adoption, re-mix, re-use and distribution of OER to help grantee institutions develop best practices and policies that take full advantage of the C3T grants and process. SBCTC will help grantees understand the direct connections between OER adoption and performance-based funding. SBCTC will develop and provide professional development on adoption and re-use of C3T open content for faculty, deans, provosts, presidents and trustees.

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