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Launch of the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition

Timothy Vollmer, March 5th, 2012

Creative Commons, U.S. Department of Education, Open Society Institute launch high profile video competition to highlight potential of free educational materials

Mountain View, California and Washington, D.C., — March 5, 2012

Today Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute announce the launch of the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. The competition will award cash prizes for the best short videos that explain the use and promise of free, high-quality Open Educational Resources—or “OER”—and describe the benefits and opportunities these materials create for teachers, students and schools.

Video submissions are accepted until June 5, 2012 and winners will be announced July 18, 2012. Cash prizes, provided by the Open Society Institute, include $25,000 (first), $5,000 (second), and $1,000 (Public Choice Award). Judges include prominent artists and education experts, including Davis Guggenheim, Nina Paley, James Franco, and many others. The competition website is whyopenedmatters.org and features an introductory video by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. All entries must be shared under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan underlined various benefits of OER. Duncan, in a video that appears on the Why Open Education Matters contest website, said, “Open Educational Resources can not only accelerate and enrich learning; they can also substantially reduce costs for schools, families and students.”

Catherine Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons, pointed out the importance of raising awareness for Open Educational Resources. “Both Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources are 10 years old this year, and there’s been an amazing explosion in the amount and quality of free, openly-licensed educational content being shared online. Now is the time to push awareness of OER into the mainstream.”

The launch of the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition coincides with the first annual Open Education Week (openeducationweek.org), which runs from March 5-10, 2012. Open Education Week is a global event that seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education.

About Creative Commons
Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org) is a globally-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. Creative Commons provides free licenses and other legal tools to give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions and get credit for their creative work while allowing others to copy, distribute and make specific uses of it.

About U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (http://ed.gov) coordinates most federal assistance on education. It works with state and local partners to promote excellence and equity for students at all levels of education to ensure that our citizens are college and career ready and can compete in a global economy.

About Open Society Institute
The Open Society Institute (http://soros.org) works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens and, through its Information Program, works to increase public access to knowledge, including increasing access to open, high quality, educational materials.

Contacts
Timothy Vollmer
Creative Commons
tvol@creativecommons.org

Jane Glickman
Department of Education
(202) 401-1307

Darius Cuplinskas
Open Society Institute
Darius.Cuplinskas@osf-london.org

7 Responses to “Launch of the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition”

  1. Josh Evans says:

    Im training to be a TV tech in college and I want to use CC content in one of my videos.
    Are there any problems with that?
    I understand that I can use it in personal projects, but this is with college equipment and a college computer.

  2. Jane Park says:

    Hi Josh, CC licenses are copyright licenses that authors use on their works to grant certain rights to the public– so anyone can reuse the work as long as they follow the specific license’s conditions. See http://wiki.creativecommons.org/FAQ for more info. If you still have questions, feel free to post over at our forum http://forum.creativecommons.org/ or contact us directly regarding your specific use: http://creativecommons.org/contact

  3. Apoorva says:

    Hi

    Is this competition open for students worldwide or just US citizens? I am an Indian.

  4. Stefan says:

    Curious, as a teacher in Germany I am already allowed by law to use any copyright content in my classes. However, I am not sure how far this can be taken, nor do I know whether or not my pupils may use copyright content in presentations or their homework in general.

  5. Jane Park says:

    Stefan – I’m not familiar with the copyright laws as pertains to teachers in your jurisdiction, but our affiliates in Germany may be able to help: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Germany.

    Good thing CC licenses are global! ie. CC-licensed works in the U.S. (or anywhere) can be used in Germany, as long as the license conditions are followed. Whereas with fully copyrighted works outside of Germany, it is less clear.

  6. This is grate Arne!! and Us be blessed!!
    I hail from Kenya and trust that some day, OERs will find their way into full use in Kenya Institutions of learning.

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