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Our OER Mythbusting guide launches today

Our OER Mythbusting guide launches today

Anyone conducting advocacy and outreach work for Open Educational Resources naturally hears a lot of criticism of openness. While some of it is valid, much is based on lack of knowledge, unfounded fears and misconceptions or even misrepresentations of the issue. After hearing them one time too many, we decided to create an „OER mythbusting...
Can the OER acronym make us open? Thoughts on the "Opening Up Curriculum" report

Can the OER acronym make us open? Thoughts on the „Opening Up Curriculum” report

Babson Survey Research Group has recently published the results of its survey study „Opening the Curriculum: Open Education Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2014″. The study (funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and with support from Pearson) is unique in providing a statistically valid, quantitative view of the ways that American academic staff...
Postcard from the OER workshop in Porto

Postcard from the OER workshop in Porto

At the very beginning of October, Creative Commons’ OER policy project organised a two-day workshop in Porto, gathering 15 Open Education enthusiasts, educators, advisors, lawyers and experts on Creative Commons licensing.  Apart from representatives from CC Sweden, CC Spain, CC Poland, CC Netherlands and of course CC Portugal, we were very happy to be able...
Our new report on Educational Resources and Copyright Exceptions and Limitations

Our new report on Educational Resources and Copyright Exceptions and Limitations

It is well known that the rules that allow for certain educational uses of copyrighted works under certain conditions without permission of the rights’ owners vary greatly between countries. But how different are those rules? And how difficult is to access those differences? Can a teacher with no legal background determine alone whether a certain...
OER Policies at OKFest in Berlin next week

OER Policies at OKFest in Berlin next week

As part of the Open Knowledge Festival, taking place next week in Berlin, we are organizing a session on OER policies. If you’re in Berlin for the festival and have an interest in open policies – please join us! The session is titled Open Educational Resources and Policy: Overview and Synergies with Fellow Open Movements....
Impressions from OCWC and OER14 conferences: speaking policy to practicioners.

Impressions from OCWC and OER14 conferences: speaking policy to practicioners.

At the end of April, I had the opportunity to participate in two back-to-back events related to open education: the Open Courseware Consortium (OCWC) annual meeting in Ljubljana and OER14, the United-Kingdom based annual conference on the subject. Together, they provide a good insight into the state of open education in Europe (with one caveat:...
Polish Ministry of Education releases an open primer textbook under CC BY

Polish Ministry of Education releases an open primer textbook under CC BY

On 17th of April, the Polish Ministry of Education has published the first part of a digital version of the new „Elementarz” – a primer textbook for pupils of the 1st grade of elementary school. The full, printed version will be provided for free to all students in September, at the start of the school...
Myths and obstacles Open Educational Resources are facing

Myths and obstacles Open Educational Resources are facing

This post is part of a project aimed at mapping myths and obstacles around Open Educational Resources, conducted by Creative Commons Poland. Where do myths about OERs come from? The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement has emerged to transform and democratize access to education. Governments, companies, teachers and learners around the world are making OERs...
"Really Open Education" - reflections from CC policy debate

„Really Open Education” – reflections from CC policy debate

On the 18th of February, Creative Commons organized a debate on „Really Open Education. Domestic Policies for Open Educational Resources”, hosted by Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, MEP. The meeting brought together almost 40 experts and stakeholders from a range of educational projects, national schooling systems, and national and international non-governmental organizations across Europe....
Please join us in Brussels on 18th February for debate on "Really Open Education"

Please join us in Brussels on 18th February for debate on „Really Open Education”

  On the 18th of February, we are organizing a policy discussion about domestic policies on open education. The meeting is hosted by Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, MEP and will have the format of a working breakfast. Our guests will include OER experts from Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal, as well as representatives...
Copyright Week: Educational Resources want to be tinkered with

Copyright Week: Educational Resources want to be tinkered with

(This post is part of Copyright week, during which a range of organizations highlights key principles that should guide copyright policy – right in time for the European copyright consultations. Please also read posts published previously on the CC blog: on the public domain and on Open Access. Today’s theme is “You bought it, you...
Council of the EU discusses OER, but is vague on details

Council of the EU discusses OER, but is vague on details

The Council of the European Union, comprised of Ministers of member states, debated last week on the topic „Open Educational Resources and digital learning.” The debate was held during the meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council on the 25-26th of November.