New US bill wants to boost a knowledge commons for (English) college textbooks

November 15, 2013 in Freedom to learn

800px-Global_Open_Educational_Resources_Logo.svgLike it: Two US senators today introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act, which directs the Secretary of Education to fund the creation of college textbooks and materials to be made available under open licenses.

I can only fully agree with the assessment by Creative Commons U.S.A. Director Michael Carrol: “This bill seizes the opportunity to make high quality textbooks affordable and reusable by paying once for their production and permitting free copying, updating, and adaptation with the requirement of an open license.” I think that this could mark an important step towards a knowledge commons for (English) textbooks. What do you think? Cheers, Balthas
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Note: This text was first published on the blog of Balthas Seibold at the Alumniportal Germany (www.alumniportal-deutschland.org/en/). Check the blog ( register or login first). All blog entries represent the personal views and ideas of Balthas Seibold.

Why Open Education Matters

March 6, 2012 in Freedom to learn

Logo of "why open educations matters"- by US Gov, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License., source: http://whyopenedmatters.org/

Logo of “why open educations matters”- by US Gov, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License., source: http://whyopenedmatters.org/

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan explains in a three minutes video, why he believes that Open Educational Resources will help communities students and workers to get access to high quality education and to shape their own educational material. Check it on http://whyopenedmatters.org/

Link: whyopenedmatters.org

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Note: This text was first published on the blog of Balthas Seibold at the Alumniportal Germany (www.alumniportal-deutschland.org/en/). Check the blog ( register or login first). All blog entries represent the personal views and ideas of Balthas Seibold.