Blog/20130122 Governments turn to the Creative Commons license to reform education programs

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Governments turn to the Creative Commons license to reform education programs: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/17/the-growing-adoption-of-creative-commons-textbooks .

Cable Green: "We have 12 grades and eight textbooks per grade, so what if we put up a $1 million [request for proposal] for each book, and anyone can reply. The professors from the best universities can reply. McGraw Hill can reply. It's an open RFP, but the conditions are that the books are licensed under Creative Commons because they're paid for with taxpayer money."

It just makes sense. If publishers are the experts at creating textbooks, then let them compete on a level playing field. And let's pay for the service of creating the book, and for printing, but let's not make the knowledge proprietary.

Further quotes from the article:

In Utah, the schools are, for the most part, using open textbooks from nonprofits like the CK12 Foundation. Other states have approved funding to launch their own RFPs, which technically anyone can bid on, including traditional textbook companies.

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While many of the open education experiments have thus far occurred in states and at individual universities, national governments from South Africa to Poland have also joined the fray. Perhaps the movement's greatest victory came this year when the Obama administration announced $500 million in grants through the Department of Labor to be distributed to community colleges and professional training programs across the country. Any institution applying for one of these grants is required to license the training materials it produces under the Creative Commons Attribution licence. No doubt many of Creative Commons' longtime advocates felt vindicated when Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis mentioned the license in her speech announcing the grant.

You can read the full article by Simon Owens on this page.


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