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Leveraging OER for COVID-19 Response Efforts and International Partnerships

This post was written in collaboration with Jan Gondol, Ebba Ossiannilsson, Karolina Szczepaniak, and Spencer Ellis. Currently, we face both a swell of support for open educational resources (OER) and devastating upheaval of our traditional education systems. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1.5 billion youth are out of school, countless teachers and parents are pivoting … Read More “Leveraging OER for COVID-19 Response Efforts and International Partnerships”

2020 CC Certificate Scholarship Recipients

Creative Commons Welcomes Our 2020 CC Certificate Scholarship Recipients!

The CC Certificate aims to increase our global community’s expertise in open licensing and awareness of our shared, digital commons.  Our first goal is to train at least one person interested in open licensing in every country and territory, around the world. So far, we have CC Certificate graduates from 44 countries and counting! One … Read More “Creative Commons Welcomes Our 2020 CC Certificate Scholarship Recipients!”

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Why Sharing Academic Publications Under “No Derivatives” Licenses is Misguided

The benefits of open access (OA) are undeniable and increasingly evident across all academic disciplines and scientific research: making academic publications1 freely and openly accessible and reusable provides broad visibility for authors, a better return on investment for funders, and greater access to knowledge for other researchers and the general public. And yet, despite OA’s obvious … Read More “Why Sharing Academic Publications Under “No Derivatives” Licenses is Misguided”

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Education in Times of Crisis and Beyond: Maximizing Copyright Flexibilities

The global health crisis is crystalizing the need for policies that support universal access to learning resources The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on over a billion learners’ lives—half of the world’s student population have seen their schools or universities close to slow the spread of the virus. As a result, many educational institutions are … Read More “Education in Times of Crisis and Beyond: Maximizing Copyright Flexibilities”

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Creative Commons and USAID Collaborate on Guide to Open Licensing

Creative Commons regularly works with governments, foundations, and other institutions worldwide to help them create, adopt, and implement open licensing policies. These policies typically require grant recipients to openly license and freely share the work they create with grant funds. We do this to ensure publicly (and privately) funded works are openly licensed and freely … Read More “Creative Commons and USAID Collaborate on Guide to Open Licensing”

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U.S. Appellate Court Enforces CC’s Interpretation of NonCommercial

Update: On February 7, 2020, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Great Minds’ petition for rehearing (opinion (PDF)). As a result, the decision (PDF) of the panel in favor of CC’s interpretation of the licenses remains final. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reaffirmed Creative Commons’ interpretation of activities that are permissible under the … Read More “U.S. Appellate Court Enforces CC’s Interpretation of NonCommercial”

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CC Certificate Graduate on the Ripple Effect of Open Licensing Expertise for K12 Pedagogy

After running 26 CC Certificate courses, and certifying hundreds of graduates, CC is exploring the way the courses impact graduates and their communities. In this interview, we highlight one CC Certificate graduate’s work within Connecticut, a #GoOpen state, and celebrate the momentum he’s built in open education.  This interview is with Kevin Corcoran. Kevin is the … Read More “CC Certificate Graduate on the Ripple Effect of Open Licensing Expertise for K12 Pedagogy”

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Our Book, “Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians,” Is Now Available

We’re happy to announce that our collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) to create the print companion to the CC Certificate has finally come to fruition!  The book, Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians, is now published under CC BY and offers an additional way to access the openly licensed CC Certificate content. It’s … Read More “Our Book, “Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians,” Is Now Available”

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NGO Network to Support Implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation

The UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Recommendation was unanimously adopted on November 25 by 193 UNESCO member states at the 40th UNESCO General Conference. This milestone offers a unique opportunity to advance open education around the world. Why does it matter? This Recommendation is an official UNESCO instrument that gives national governments a specific list … Read More “NGO Network to Support Implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation”

Millions Now Have Access to the CC Certificate in Italian and Arabic!

To date, the CC Certificate has only been available in English. However, thanks to the incredible efforts of CC Global Network members, the CC Certificate course content (e.g., readings, articles, etc.) is being translated into multiple languages. In particular, we are proud to highlight the work of CC Network members in Italy and Saudi Arabia. … Read More “Millions Now Have Access to the CC Certificate in Italian and Arabic!”