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July 26, 2013 | Cable Green


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From: Stracke, Christian <>
Date: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:44 AM
Subject: ICORE: Minutes of first meeting in Rome and First virtual ICORE Online Meeting on Tuesday, 30th of July 2013 - please forward
To: "Stracke, Christian" <>

Dear Colleague,


I'm sending you this e-mail to our OER e-mail list only to ensure that you receive the information about the ICORE Online Meeting next Tuesday:

Sorry for cross-posting!...

July 22, 2013 | Cable Green
Greetings Open Friends:

The "School of Open" is launching another set of courses. 

Thank you for sharing the news through your networks.


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Subject: [cc-community] School of Open Round 2 courses are open for sign-up
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Hi everyone,

July 18, 2013 | Patrick Masson
Openness CG Members,

Looks like the recent post regarding "New Book on Higher Education Management" has garnered the attention of Educause. Please see below...

July 18, 2013 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education (2 Volumes)

Edited by Siran Mukerji and Purnendu Tripathi

The book is a unique compilation of the most recent research done by higher education professionals in the areas of policy, governance, technology, marketing, and leadership development. This publication succeeds in highlighting the most important strategies and policies for professionals, policymakers, administrators, and researchers interested in higher education management.

The topics covered in the book are:
  1. Management and Development in Higher Education
  2. Higher Education Strategies
  3. Higher...
June 14, 2013 | Malcolm Brown
I think this is a fascinating thread/discussion that Luke has initiated. Thanks to Luke for launching it and the pointer to the Morozov boo. I think Morozov might be short changing the Enlightenment a bit. The key idea of the Enlightenment was in fact the ability to *think* for oneself and not just be a passive recipient of information. Kant once used the metaphor for the Enlightenment process: of the person emerging from being a dependent minor and maturing into an adult who took on responsibility and could think critically. Be that as it may, the interesting debate point that Luke's post opens: I some times get the impression that many folks believe that 'open=always good' and that 'not open=always bad'. I wonder if openness might not resemble technology in general in this respect: a piece of technology is most often neutral and can be used for good or bad ends. Take the humble hammer. So: is openness like that? Can serve good or not-so-good ends? Malcolm Brown Director,...
June 11, 2013 | Stephen Downes

Hiya All,

Just a few last words on this, and then I’ll return you to your regularly scheduled discussion. Thanks for being patient.

Right now, the government awards road-building contracts to large construction companies. But imagine the government decided to end these contracts, and to simply grant anyone who wanted to build a road a license to build a road.

It would still be a complex process, of course. Road-builders would have to secure easements and concessions from landowners, assemble road-building technology and staff, and of course put asphalt on the ground. After construction there would be ongoing issues of maintenance and management.

Still, such roads would be built. Some of them might be barely more than tracks - that's what we saw in the early days of...

June 7, 2013 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Creative Commons will add this pending legislation to the OER Policy Registry.

See below.

June 6, 2013 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Please share info about this excellent webinar with your online networks.  Thank you!
Join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) on Tuesday, June 11, 10:00 am (U.S. Pacific time) for a webinar on Competency-based learning and OER.  Competency-based learning is gaining traction as institutions strive to personalize learning experiences and decrease time to graduation.   Students demonstrate mastery at their own pace through e-Portfolio assessments or on-demand tests and institutions often recommend free or open educational resources (OER) along with prior learning as a source for learning materials.

Hear from several higher education experts on how OER and open courses complement competency-based learning to improve student outcomes:

Dr. Chari Leader Kelley, Vice-President of ...

June 5, 2013 | Patrick Masson
Is there any thought,reaction to thee terms of use related to Coursera and edX? Please see: They both seem to me limit use and also transfer ownership of submitted work to each platform. Cable? Sent from my Commodore 64
June 3, 2013 | Cable Green
I just saw this:
  • The Library will be stocked with millions of ebooks, course material and resources from publishers and Open Educational Resources.

I sent them a note asking for a meeting to learn more.

Anyone know these folks?



Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons
reuse, revise,...
May 29, 2013 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Hi Everyone:

Two quick comments in response to Jacky's note:

(1) For something to be an OER, one must have free (no-cost / gratis) access to the OER and (not "or") legal permissions (libre) to engage in the “4R” activities when using the OER, including:
  • Reuse: use the original or your new version of the OER in a wide range of contexts
  • Revise: adapt and improve the OER so it better meets your needs
  • Remix: combine or “mashup” the OER with other OER to produce new materials
  • Redistribute: make copies and share the original OER or your new version with others
See Hewlett OER definition:
  • OER are teaching, learning, and research resources...
May 28, 2013 | Cable Green
Heads up:

May 28, 2013. Publishers Challenge Quality Of Open Educational Resources

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has published a paper that raises questions about the quality, sustainability, and public funding of Open Educational Resources (OER).

Link to the article:

The IPA’s OER paper is available here [pdf].



Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global...
May 15, 2013 | James Glapa-Grossklag

Nice article about how US community colleges are using OER to benefit students: OERs increase access, drop book prices.




James Glapa-Grossklag

Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA 91390

T: 661.362.3632


President, Advisory Board, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources


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May 7, 2013 | Sarah Faye Cohen
The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo has just posted our Open Education Library Fellow position:  

This position's primary responsibility will be to spearhead our efforts around affordable learning solutions, open textbooks, open educational resources, and work with our Digital Scholarship librarian around open access issues.  They will also work to embed open educational resources and open content into our collections and our support to faculty.  

Please share as you see fit.  I'm happy to answer questions about the position.

Many thanks,


Sarah Faye Cohen
Associate University Librarian
California Polytechnic State University ~ San Luis Obispo, CA ~ 93407
May 6, 2013 | Cable Green
Greetings Open Friends:

The free (and open) School of Open course "Writing Wikipedia Articles" will launch its second six-week run on May 14 (Americas) / May 15 (Asia/Australia).

The course focuses on articles about open educational resources (OER) and related topics, and students improve these articles as part of their course work. A great opportunity to learn about Wikipedia, and improve access to information about OER.

Enroll here:

From Hong Kong - en route to the OCWC Conference - hope to see many of you there!

May 5, 2013 | Cable Green
Greetings Open Friends:

Creative Common is looking for someone to lead the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI).
Thank you for sharing this job opportunity through your networks.  

Sample Tweet:
April 30, 2013 | Cable Green
Sharing the "Open Course Library" press call information here.

Note: the recording of the call is linked below.


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From: Sherry Nelson <>
Date: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Open Course Library press call follow-up

Good afternoon:


The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges was pleased to announce completion of the Open Course Library during a press call today.


As promised during the call, the latest...

April 30, 2013 | Cable Green Well done Washington State! Cable ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
April 29, 2013 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources and CCC Confer on April 30, 10:00 am Pacific for a panel discussion on rebooting California’s higher education system with Open Education, MOOCs, and an online Student Access Platform.

The California legislature, responding to shrinking budgets and huge wait lists for gateway courses, has proposed:

  • Open textbooks
  • Credit for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • The California Online Student Access Platform

Three leaders in the field share their thoughts on this revolution in higher education. What are the next steps for ensuring the success of our students? How do we continue the prominence of California’s institutions of higher education?

Dean Florez, CEO of the Twenty Million Minds Foundation, and former...

April 11, 2013 | Cable Green
Greetings Open Colleagues:

The Creative Commons Global Summit 2013, the bi-annual gathering of CC friends and family, will officially be held in Buenos Aires from 21-24 August, co-hosted by the local Creative Commons affiliates, Fundación Vía Libre and Wikimedia Argentina.

Save the date if you're interested in joining global leaders to learn about the latest developments in the commons worldwide, discuss strategies to strengthen Creative Commons and its community, or find out about local and international projects that use Creative Commons licenses. Registration will be opening later this month.

In the meantime, we've launched the ...

July 18, 2012 | Timothy Vollmer
FYI - we received many excellent videos. Here are the winners, as determined by the judging panel. 



Winners Announced! – Why Open Education Matters Video Competition

Timothy Vollmer, July 18th, 2012

Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the winners of the Why Open Education Matters video competition. The competition was launched in March 2012 to solicit creative videos that clearly communicate the use and potential of free, high-quality Open Educational Resources â€” or “OER” â€” and describe the benefits and...

May 28, 2012 | Luke Fernandez
On a recent trip to Germany I found myself accepting an orange balloon with the pirate party insignia on it: some party hack was giving them out on a town square. I like balloons so i tied it to my bike. But I began to wonder what message was I projecting? And more aptly, in our never ending quest to define openness, is espousing pirate party principles in keeping with the openness we're promoting on this listserv? Cheers, Luke Sent from my iPad ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
May 24, 2012 | Cable Green
Greetings Open Friends:

Creative Commons (CC) has been working on a rewrite of its license chooser: 

There are a number of problems with the existing chooser than have caused the rewrite.  The most notable problem is a common misconception that the license chooser is a registration process - which it is not.

The new chooser approaches that problem with a different UI design. CC's goal is for the license chooser to both be clear and simple, and to function better as an educational tool.  For example, NC and ND are not free culture licenses.  That is apparent in the new chooser via interactivity, whereas it is not clear in the existing license chooser.

You can find the new license chooser on our staging site: http://staging....
May 10, 2012 | Cable Green
Please help spread the word!

Sample Tweet:  Just announced free online course on & CC licensing.  

Cable Green
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons

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May 10, 2012 | Edward A. Garay
I highly recommend everyone (instructors and EdTech folks alike) to join the rather active and engaging MOOC run by Curt Bonk, from Indiana University. The course materials and resources are excellent, and the presentation and information exchange is simply fantastic. The more I get into the course, the more I want to stay in the course to learn and collaborate. About 1,200 teachers and edTech people are already in. Also, because the platform they are using is Blackboard CourseSites, you can connect and stay engaged using Blackboard Mobile Learn apps on iPad, Android and other mobile devices. Give #Bonkopen a try. Greetings from Chicago, Ed Garay Assistant Director for Academic Computing Director, UIC Instructional Technology Lab University of Illinois at Chicago www.twitter....
April 24, 2012 | Cable Green
Good news this Tuesday morning ;)

Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning


Harvard Library Makes Millions of Records Publicly Available
Harvard Library Releases Nearly 100% of Its Records

(See New York Times coverage here.)

April 24, 2012 – The Harvard Library announced it is making more than 12...

April 13, 2012 | Cable Green

Academic publishing

Open sesame

When research is funded by the taxpayer or by charities, the results should be available to all without charge
Apr 14th 2012 | from the print edition

Thanks to Heather Joseph from SPARC for the heads up.

Well done!



Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

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March 26, 2012 | Cable Green
Greetings Open Colleagues,

The open community shares a need for more information to help us with our work. We know, for example, there are many policies supporting open education at institutions and governments throughout the world.  Many of us know some of these policies, but it would be extremely helpful if we had a single database of open education policies, from around the world, that the entire community could access and update.

To meet this goal, Creative Commons (CC) has received a small grant to create an “OER Policy Registry.”  The Open Education Resources (OER) Policy Registry will be a place for policy makers and open advocates to easily share and update OER legislation, OER institutional policies and supporting OER policy resources.  We have begun to enter OER policies into the registry, but we need your help to make it a truly useful global resource.

The open movement is reaching a stage...
March 23, 2012 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Hello, the online registration for the 2012 World OER Congress is now open - Please note that the participation to the Congress is free of cost. For those if us unable to travel to Paris for this event. there is a live streaming option. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
March 14, 2012 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Hi all - If any of you work at schools who use Blackboard, I hope you've seen great improvements in terms of your ability to integrate, extend and customize your learning environments over the past 18-24 months. I wanted to make everyone aware of a webinar to learn more about what openness means in relation to Blackboard. Thank you, -George Webinar: What Openness Means Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:00 am US EDT Blackboard is committed to providing an open, extensible learning management system that allows clients the flexibility to customize in order to fit the needs of their institution. Our open approach extends to the way we work with our clients to build our technology. Join David Ashman, Principal Architect for Blackboard Learn, to learn more about the Blackboard approach to openness, including: - Open API, for third party...
February 26, 2012 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Hi Laura,

This is what I think:

  • OER is inevitable -- an unstoppable force because educators want to share -- the open web combined with open licensing will guarantee sustainable OER futures.
  • Charity begins at home -- every educator who cares about the future of OER who shares their outputs and knowledge with a clear declaration of sharing knowledge, eg using a free cultural works approved license on their outputs is the real lever to realizing this future. OER is one of those rare examples where individual will make a difference :-)

February 15, 2012 | Cable Green
... you testify about how OER will help more students learn; and the Committee Chair so strongly supports the idea that the American Association of Publishers and Elsevier opt not to testify.

Video (start point: 21:36):

The bill passed the WA State House and is making its way through the Senate.


PS - Special thanks to Nicole Allen (PIRGS) and Neeru Khosla (CK-12) who helped me counter publisher misinformation.

Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
February 13, 2012 | Timothy Vollmer
FYI, action altert from SPARC on FRPAA. 

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From: Andrea Higginbotham <>
Date: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM
Subject: [sparc-policy] Call to Action: Support the Bipartisan Federal Public Access Act

We have just posted an important, new call to action asking you to support the Federal Research Public Access Act (...

February 7, 2012 | Cable Green Cable Green Director of Global Learning Creative Commons (mobile) ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
February 6, 2012 | Cable Green
Text of the bill:

Confirmation of "passed" status in NH congress:

Thanks to Greg @ CC for the good catch.

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January 25, 2012 | Cable Green
Fantastic news from Utah!

One more fine example of open policy.


Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

= = = =

This will appear on the USOE website later today:

= = = =

January 25, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sydnee Dickson, Teaching and Learning director
              801-538-7739 *

Utah State Office of Education to Create Open...
January 25, 2012 | Patrick Masson
All, So far we have had a lot of great discussions and examples of open textbooks which focus on the publishing side. That is, making works openly available, either through open copyrights, free distribution, etc. essentially a use and re-use discussion. I just came across Sourcebooks which is developing an Agile Publication Model (feel free all to roll your eyes as you think, "ah, another Agile reference from Pat - man when will that guy turn the page?"). Despite, my "everything is a nail" perspective, I think the approach Sourcebooks is talking about is quite interesting and fits exactly into my understanding--and promotion--of openness (i.e. where the community derives the outcomes/solution): I have long believed Agile principles provide an excellent framework for producing and managing open initiatives. Sourcebooks described their approach as "a new, rapid and interactive publishing model where the content evolves through authors and their communities.....the model allow[s] for...
January 9, 2012 | Cable Green
Good news for Open Education!

See below and attached.


Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
Dear Digital Promise friends --

I want to take a moment to announce the appointment of David Wiley as
Digital Promise's Senior Fellow for Open Education. David is one of
this country's most innovative thinkers around issues of technology
and education. His work focuses on making education more accessible
and more affordable to more Americans, a cause that's especially
important in this tough economy. As a Senior Fellow, he will work with
us to build our fellows program, and write a series of white papers on
some of the most pressing issues related to the future of education.
Please find below a Salt Lake...
December 12, 2011 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Open Education Week 5-10 March 2012
Call for participation

Join your colleagues around the world to increase understanding about open education! Open Education Week will take place from 5-10 March 2012 online ( and in locally hosted events around the world.  The objective is to raise awareness of the open education movement and open educational resources.  There are several ways you and your organization can be involved:

1.             Provide a pre-recorded informational virtual tour of your project, work, or organization.  This should be focused on the work you’re doing in open education, designed for a general audience.  These can be done in any language.

2.        ...

March 14, 2014 | Cable Green
Kudos to the CC US Affiliate and the US Dept of Education for making this happen! Happy Open Education Week, Cable Green Creative Commons ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at

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