This poster explains Creative Commons for the rest of us

Visit Amit Agarwal’s Twitter profile as of today, and you will be greeted by a banner that reads, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” A lot of digital ink has been spilled over explaining Creative Commons licenses; based on the rule quoted shared by Agarwal, clearly many of us do … Read More …

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Thanks for the pictures, Internets.

This blog has been pretty quiet lately — our apologies (or maybe “you’re welcome”…take your pick). Last week was “Copyright Week“, at least according to some; despite being late to the party, we wanted to say thanks to JD Hancock for thanking us for our editing and re-using his photo. For free. Without asking. We … Read More …

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Resource: Homeschool Commons

If you’re looking for free and open resources to use in homeschooling, Home School Commons might just have you covered. The materials skew heavily toward being openly-licensed and public domain, are organized by grade level (pre-school to college prep), license, and subject. Newcomers to the world of open educational resources will find especially useful the … Read More …

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Opinion: Thoughts from Udacity’s Open Education Alliance and edX’s mooc.org announcements

Well, the big news this week is the announcement of the new iPhones 5S and 5C. But this post isn’t about that news at all. Rather, we’re looking at two announcements that, in our little patch of the universe, tie for second place: Udacity’s launch of the Open Ed Alliance and news of the edX/Google … Read More …

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Q&A with Dr. Wissam Raji, author of An Introductory Course in Elementary Number Theory

“[T]he subject is presented in a way where no mathematical background is required with the exception of the last three chapters.” “[B]elieve in [your] capabilities. It is not about the school you attend, it is all about the inner will to achieve and passion you have for the subject you are studying.” With our release … Read More …

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A Case Study in Obstacles to and Strategies for Negotiating the Relicensing of Third-Party Content

Over the past four years, the Saylor Foundation has developed over 300* college level courses, made up of nearly 28,000 educational objects (essays, textbooks, videos, assessments, etc.).  Initially, our goal was to use the wide breadth of resources available online to build these courses.  We encouraged the use of openly licensed and public domain materials, … Read More …

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