Showing #OpenGratitude for: Creative Commons

This is another post in my series of posts showing gratitude and appreciation for members of the open education community.

Today I’m going to focus on Creative Commons. From their website:

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity.

Creative Commons provides the open licenses at the foundation of our efforts to share educational materials freely, legally, and globally. They work to support open license integration into a wide range of platforms. They have a huge Global Affiliate Network with over 500 volunteers and community members in 85 countries. They enable and facilitate an international Open Education Platform comprised of open education advocates working in the areas of open educational resources, open educational practices, and/or open education policy. They convene the annual CC Global Summit – and at this year’s summit (April 2018) they will publicly launch the CC Certification Program. For all these reasons and more, I’m grateful for Creative Commons and all the wonderful things they do for the open education community. Share some love for Creative Commons in the comments below.

Showing #OpenGratitude for: OpenStax

This is another post in my series of posts showing gratitude and appreciation for members of the open education community.

Today I’m going to focus on OpenStax. From their website:

OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library since scaled to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Our adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, OpenStax is breaking down the most common barriers to learning and empowering students and instructors to succeed.

OpenStax creates great open textbooks – 27 of them to be precise. They estimate their materials have been used by 3.5 million students across over 4600 schools, saving them over $340M. They have a high impact Institutional Partnership Program that drives adoption on their partner campuses. Their broader community outreach is also awesome. They’re one of the oldest organizations in open education and have thoughtfully – and successfully – adapted their approach to the work over the years. They’ve pioneered interesting sustainability models through their partnerships with a wide range of for-profits and their value-added adaptive learning technology. They’ve built a broad coalition of foundations that support their work. It’s difficult to find an OER initiative that doesn’t make use of their materials. For all these reasons and more, I’m grateful for OpenStax and all the wonderful things they do for the open education community. Share some love for OpenStax in the comments below.

Showing #OpenGratitude for: SPARC

This is the first in my series of posts showing gratitude and appreciation for members of the open education community.

Today I’m going to focus on SPARC. From their website:

SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.

SPARC and its amazing team work tirelessly on these issues. They’re terrific community organizers. They help run OpenCon each year. They helped get the $5M open textbook grant program in the US spending bill that was just signed into law. They’re champions for librarians and the important role they play in open education. They author a wide range of reports and conduct numerous trainings. They’re super committed to open. For all this and more, I’m grateful for SPARC and all the wonderful things they do for the open education community. Share some love for SPARC in the comments below.