Starting with the first round of grants in 2011 Creative Commons and a team of partners have been actively supporting US Department of Labor (DOL), Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grantees. This multi-year, nearly $2 billion grant program provides funds to US community colleges who in partnership with industry, employers, and public workforce systems create stackable/latticed credentials that can be completed in two years or less.
Sara Trettin and Dipayan Ghosh from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have posted a blog for Open Education Week. It highlights administration efforts to increase the creation of open access learning materials, though initiatives such as U.S. Open Government Partnership National Action Plan and programs such as the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Training Grant Program
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 resources.”
Download album: Internet Archive / Free Music Archive / SoundCloud Download album notes (PDF) Download album art: Front / Back Musicians who use CC licenses do so to allow others to share and promote their work. All of us who work for Creative Commons in any capacity do so in part because we value and enjoy creativity. Many of us are creators, and all of us are music lovers. So, it should come as no surprise that when Teresa Nobre, Creative Commons Portugal, put out the call to the Creative Commons Affiliate community to nominate CC-licensed tracks for a CC READ MORE
Creative Commons USA applauds a new joint grant program, Humanities Open Book, by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books. Over the past 100 years, tens of thousands of academic books have been published in the humanities, including many remarkable works on history, literature, philosophy, art, music, law, and the history and philosophy of science. But the majority of these books are currently out of print and largely out of reach for teachers, READ MORE
At last week’s Open Education Conference, Lane Fischer presented the results of a study he conducted with Jared Robinson, John Hilton and David Wiley on “the impact of open textbook adaptation on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students.” The authors analyzed data on 16727 community college students. 4,909 students were in the “treatment” group that used open textbooks, and 11,818 were in the control group.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced an Open Access Policy to grant “unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research funded, in whole or in part, by the foundation, including any underlying data sets.” Under the policy, “all publications shall be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License (CC-BY 4.0) or an equivalent license.”
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Creative Commons USA is pleased to announce that longtime open education advocate Hal Plotkin has accepted a position as our first Senior Open Policy Fellow. Plotkin served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary, from 2009 to 2014.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced the awarding of $75 million in educational grants to 24 universities through its First in the World (FITW) program. FITW provides “grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes and make college more affordable for students and families, and to develop an evidence base of effective practices.” The FITW program includes the requirement that any works created with its funds be made available under an open license.
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez jointly announced the most recent winners of grants through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program. This initiative funds community colleges and other educational institutions to expand and create education and career training programs, and all new resources are required to be made available under Creative Commons licenses.