Nov 022015

department_of_educationOn 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and others to keep OER texts up to date and relevant (as opposed to traditional textbooks, which are “perpetually out of date”).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

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  1. […] The work Creative Commons are leading in the US for instance (here is further info about their #GoOpen campaign) or the work of the Open Education Consortium help create robust ways to enabling open practice, […]

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