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Blackboard xpLor officially released with OER and CC license options

In January I blogged about Blackboard xpLor — a new cloud-based learning object repository that was being piloted at 70 institutions. Blackboard officially released it today, giving educators the ability to discover, create, and share resources across learning management systems (LMS). As part of its launch, xpLor has integrated support for CC license options for … Read More “Blackboard xpLor officially released with OER and CC license options”

Open Call for Creative Commons Board of Directors & Advisory Council Candidates

*Board of directors: Hal Abelson, Paul Brest, Glenn Brown, Michael Carroll, Catherine Casserly, Caterina Fake, Brian Fitzgerald, Davis Guggenheim, Joi Ito, Lawrence Lessig, Laurie Racine, Eric Saltzman, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, Annette Thomas, Jimmy Wales, and Esther Wojcicki. Nathan Colquhoun / CC BY-NC-SA The Creative Commons Board of Directors is seeking recommendations from the Creative … Read More “Open Call for Creative Commons Board of Directors & Advisory Council Candidates”

CC Summer Interns 2013

We’re happy to have two interns this summer: Pei-Yi Wang (Google Policy Fellow) and Teresa Sempere Garcia (Community Support Intern). Pei-Yi Wang / CC BY Teresa Sempere Garcia by Christian H. Paleari / CC BY Pei-Yi has been with CC Taiwan via Academia Sinica part-time since 2006. As a graduate student at the Law School … Read More “CC Summer Interns 2013”

Report Released by U.S. GAO Demonstrates the Need for Open Textbooks

Books /John Liu / CC BY A report issued by the United States Government Accountability Office on June 6th confirms a trend of the educational publishing industry: textbook costs to students at higher education institutions are rising 6% per year on average, and have risen 82% over the last decade. The study, ordered by Congress, … Read More “Report Released by U.S. GAO Demonstrates the Need for Open Textbooks”

University proposal supports U.S. public access directive

Last week the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released a draft plan on how they’d support public access to federally funded research aligned with the February 22 White House public access directive. The SHared Access Research Ecosystem, or SHARE, is a … Read More “University proposal supports U.S. public access directive”

Lumen Learning launches open course frameworks for teaching

Ryan / CC BY-SA Lumen Learning, a company founded to help institutions adopt open educational resources (OER) more effectively, just launched its first set of course frameworks for educators to use as-is or to adapt to their own needs. The six course frameworks cover general education topics spanning English composition, reading, writing, algebra, and college … Read More “Lumen Learning launches open course frameworks for teaching”