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”

Kwame Nkrumah University adopts CC Attribution for OER policy

KNUST OER production workshop team by bagaball / CC BY The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has adopted a university-wide open educational resources (OER) policy with CC Attribution as the default license for university material. KNUST’s “Policy for Development and Use of Open Educational Resources (OER)” (pdf) outlines the purpose, role, and … Read More “Kwame Nkrumah University adopts CC Attribution for OER policy”

Flat World Knowledge Launches Open Textbook Internship Program

Flat World Knowledge, a commercial textbook publisher who uses CC licenses, aims to transform the way professors and college campuses think about textbooks through a new internship program for students. They asked for applicants last year, and launched the program last week with 19 students from colleges like New York University, Ohio State University, Auburn … Read More “Flat World Knowledge Launches Open Textbook Internship Program”

Free Culture X

Free Culture X, a conference of Students for Free Culture, will be held February 13th at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Keynote addresses will be given by Harvard Berkman Center co-founder Jonathan Zittrain, the co-founder of the public interest group Public Knowledge, Gigi Sohn, and the director of American University’s Center for Social … Read More “Free Culture X”

OER Session at UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education

As part of UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education, UNESCO hosted a session and panel discussion on open educational resources (OER). The topic of the conference was “The New Dynamics of Higher Education and Research for Societal Change and Development,” and OER was considered an important dynamic in higher education. The conference took place over … Read More “OER Session at UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education”