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September 13, 2012 | Cable Green
[Forwarding from the Open Society Foundations and SPARC.]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2012

CONTACT: Andrea Higginbotham, SPARC,; 202-296-2296
Amy Weil, Open Society Foundations,; 212-548-0381
Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online
WASHINGTON -- In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an ...
September 6, 2012 | Gerd Kortemeyer
Hi, A lot of bandwidth gets spent these days arguing that open education and free stuff is good … and that traditional colleges and textbooks are quickly approaching obsolescence. I am oscillating between enthusiasm and cynicism. Our open-source content-sharing project, LON-CAPA, just celebrated its 20th anniversary: , and we are starting a successor project, Looking back over those 20 years, it's been an almost constant uphill battle for funding. Some money came from grants, but that model is inherently unsustainable: you can get money for new initiatives, but you cannot get grant funding to sustain something that works. Some research funding was even harmful to our project, as it made us do...
September 5, 2012 | Adrian Ho
Of possible interest:

In this podcast, Cable Green talks about Open Access, Open Resources, and Open Policies. Cable Green is director of global learning for Creative Commons.


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September 4, 2012 | Robin Donaldson
Hi All,

Are any of you aware of whether Khan Academy videos have been aligned to specific courses by a college, university or state organization? We are contemplating the feasibility of aligning them with Florida's Common Course Numbers for higher education and were wondering if anyone has done this at their institution or state.



Robin L. Donaldson, Ph.D.
Florida Virtual Campus
Project Manager, The Orange Grove
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September 3, 2012 | Cable Green
See this article in the New York Times:

"A Free Online University Tests the Waters"

Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

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August 31, 2012 | Cable Green


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: rory <>
Date: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM
Subject: [OER] Open Ed 2012
To: Open Educational Resources - an online discussion forum <>

The Open Ed Conference is being held in Vancouver this year from Oct. 16 -18.
The Early Bird Rate is still possible for attendees.
Here is the site URL:

I would encourage you to attend.


Rory McGreal
Athabasca University
August 31, 2012 | Cable Green
Well done, California!

Now they just need the Governor to sign the bill...


Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

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August 21, 2012 | Robin Donaldson

The results of Florida’s 2012 Faculty and Administrator OER Survey have been analyzed, and the executive summary with key findings and full report are available at the Open Access Textbooks website: The study was a follow-up to the Florida Open Access Textbooks in Higher Education Survey, which was administered in fall term of 2009.

Over 2,600 respondents from eight of Florida’s 11 state universities and 22 of its 28 community colleges and state colleges voluntarily participated in the anonymous online survey.  Of the respondents to the current survey, 916 (38%) reported employment by universities and 1,483 (62%) by colleges; 2,178 (91%) reported having teaching responsibilities.

Key findings from this study indicated that...
August 17, 2012 | Cable Green
FYI - poll results attached.


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From: Christine Mullins <>
Date: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM
Subject: ITC Quick Poll Results: Questions on the Use of Open Educational Resources - August 2012
To: Christine Mullins <>

This message comes from the Instructional Technology Council: THE community college distance learning organization -

To: ITC Members
From: Christine Mullins
Date: Aug. 17, 2012

In July and August 2012, we asked ITC members the following questions.  We...
August 17, 2012 | R. John Robertson
Members of the list may be interested in this report.

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Date: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Subject: Survey report available: OER, Libraries and Librarians

Dear colleagues,

I am glad to let you know that the report on the role of Libraries and information professionals in OER initiatives is now available. It is introduced in this special CETIS Other Voices guest blog here:
August 12, 2012 | Cable Green
Greetings Open Friends:

Does anyone know of any existing or upcoming OER projects that focus on STEM and women / girls?

There may be a US policy speech opportunity to mention such a project(s), and I'm looking for examples.

Thank you,



Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

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August 10, 2012 | Igor Lesko
Dear All We would like to make you aware of the upcoming Workshop and Training on Open Content licensing in Europe (Barcelona 19 & 20 September) The main goal of this two-day event is to clarify legal issues with regard to regulations that govern the ownership and use, reuse or modification of educational resources, which are produced at Higher Education Institutions in Europe. A direct focus is placed upon copyright. Participants will learn about the meaning of the open content licensing framework for OpenCourseWare & Open Educational Resources. They will gain practical skills on how to use such frameworks, through the utilization of Creative Commons licenses, to license and disseminate their own content or to use, reuse or modify educational content produced elsewhere. For more information and to register for this free event please visit:...
August 5, 2012 | Cable Green

Distance Education—Special issue on OER

Taylor & Francis, are offering FREE access to the entire special issue.

Special thanks to...

August 5, 2012 | Patrick Masson
All, Anyone discussing Windows 8 with Microsoft's UEFI/secure boot? Future Windows 8 hardware will come with "Secure Boot" technology enabled in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), meaning that only operating systems with an appropriate digital signature will be able to boot. On ARM-based hardware, it apparently won't be possible to disable Secure Boot. On x86 Windows machines, however, Microsoft did soften its stance to make that option possible; alternatively, users could be permitted to enroll their own keys. Anyone concerned by this? Patrick || |||| ||| || | | || ||| || ||| || | | ||| || ||| || Patrick Masson Chief Technology Officer, UMassOnline The University of Massachusetts, Office of the President 333 South St., Suite 400, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (774) 455-7615: Office (774) 455-7620: Fax (970) 4MASSON: GoogleVoice UMOLPatMasson: AIM massonpj: Skype Web Site: ...
August 2, 2012 | Cable Green
Greetings Friends:

One of the Department of Labor TAACCCT grantees is looking for an open course that "allows a student an introduction to what an online learning environment is like along with tips and techniques to be successful."  

I know there are many "how to succeed in online courses" out there... will you please send them to Abbey and/or introduce her to folks who build / run these courses?

Of course, everything Abbey and her team build will be CC BY ;)

Many thanks!



To whom it may concern:


I am the grant coordinator for a Rochester Community and Technical College...

August 2, 2012 | Timothy Vollmer
Dear all:

We'd like to share the 2nd draft of CC license version 4.0. It's now released for public comment.
We look forward to the next round of input.


July 31, 2012 | Patrick Masson
All, At last year's Openness Constituent Group Meeting we were fortunate to have Luke Fernandez conduct an interview with Chuck Severance and his views on open source communities (OK it was really just a plug for his book--no Chuck I will not mention it again here). Luke did a great job, and Chuck was quite entertaining. I think the interview format with questions and answers from the audience was a nice way for the CG and the topic of Openness to foster participation. I think having an open discussion (as in year's past) is too daunting--folks are not sure how they con contribute--or to vague--folks don't know what the topic will be considering the breadth of interest in open, OER, OCW, MOOCs, Open Source, Open Access, etc. Therefore, in planning for our session this November, it might be good to organize another interview? There have been some great discussion on the list about CC use, Open Courses, MOOCs, etc. We could organize a session about one of these discussions, or we...
July 25, 2012 | Cable Green

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July 24, 2012 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Good Morning, I just received the following question from a colleague, "Do you have any contacts within the EdX group? I'm trying to get an introduction to discuss their approach and timing for releasing their platform as open source." I kicked around a bit on the site, but did not find a contact, and checked out SourceForge, once again - no joy. I am wondering if anybody can suggest a good contact name. on the project Cheers & Thanks! Ken ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
July 23, 2012 | Cable Green
Thanks to everyone who helped shape the new CC License chooser!



Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

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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...

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 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 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!

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 ...

March 9, 2013 | Patrick Masson
LAST CHANCE! Final deadline to submit proposals is Monday, March 11!

This is it! The final weekend – the call for proposals for Open Apereo 2013 will close on Monday, March 11 at midnight Pacific. Don't miss this chance to share your insights, successes, pitfalls to avoid, and recommended practices for creating, using, and promoting open source solutions.

You may submit a presentation session, birds of a feather discussion, or showcase night demonstration. We'd love to hear about:

·         Advances...

March 8, 2013 | Listserv Anonymous User
Message from

The second annual Open Education week will take place March 11-15, 2013.  Open Education Week is a five-day celebration of the global Open Education Movement, featuring online and local events around the world, video showcases of open education projects, and information. Its purpose is to raise awareness of both the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

Open Education refers to the growing set of practices that promote the sharing high quality educational resources and support learners to access education anywhere, anytime.  Open Education incorporates educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship and open source educational tools, collectively referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER.

Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.  Please...
March 6, 2013 | Patrick Masson

Open Apereo 2013 Call for Proposals

Thank you to everyone that has already submitted a proposal to this year's conference. We've received many great proposals (over 100!), but also many requests for more time. By popular request, we are extending the deadline to Monday, March 11, 2013 by midnight Pacific.

TIP: We have received a few reports of errors submitting to the system. If you experienced this issue, we apologize for the inconvenience. To avoid this problem, please be sure to select the primary presenter at the bottom of the form...

February 28, 2013 | Cable Green
New England Journal of Medicine: Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access

Nice job, Mike.

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February 8, 2013 | Cable Green
Greetings Friends:

Creative Commons is looking for a new European Regional Coordinator. CC's European Regional Coordinator works to assist Creative Commons and its global community with organizational planning, strategic communications, community building, and fundraising in Europe in support of the organization’s mission, goals and objectives.
Please feel free to share it with your networks or anyone you think might be interested.

The position is part-time.

Thank you,



January 17, 2013 | Cable Green

US News and World Report:

The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks:
Governments turn to the Creative Commons license to reform education programs


Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons

Creative Commons turned 10! 
Please give a birthday gift. ...
January 9, 2013 | Listserv Anonymous User
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Just over a week left to let us know how you would like to participate in Open Education Week 2013!  Please share with others who might be interested:

Open Education Week is a five-day celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness of both the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free and open to anyone.


The Open Education Week Organizing Committee invites your participation in the second annual Open Education Week, 11-15 March 2013, to be marked by online and in-person events around the world. Contribute a virtual tour of your open education project, a webinar, links to resources, host a local event or propose something creative. To contribute, simply fill out the web form at ...

December 19, 2012 | Cable Green
Well done New Zealand!

This report may be helpful to other jurisdictions advocating for open policies and open licensing.

Creative Commons took note of a few key passages:
  • That it review the intellectual property framework for our education system to resolve copyright issues that have been raised, including considering Creative Commons policy. (p. 26)

  • That it consider the advantages and disadvantages of whether all documentation produced by the Ministry of Education for teaching and learning purposes should be released under a Creative Commons licence. (p. 26)

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