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 onBCcampus OpenEd. It’s difficult to fully wrap one’s mind around all the things they do. Their cornerstone project is amazing BC Open Textbooks Collection. They do unique and valuable work in the Trades and OER. They publish an Open Education Accessibility Toolkit as well as other student and faculty advocacy toolkits. They publish numerous Guides, including guides to OER adaption, using Pressbooks, self-publishing, print-on-demand, and OER authoring. They run mailing lists, award mini-grants, and coordinate a Faculty Fellows Program. They regularly recognize the great work happening in their community with the Excellence in Open Education Award. They provide support for Zed Cred initiatives. They organize the annual Festival of Learning.

For all these reasons and more, I’m grateful for BCcampus OpenEd and all the wonderful things they do for the open education community. Share some love for BCCampus in the comments below.

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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 ISKME and OER Commons. From their website:

ISKME’s OER initiatives aim to grow a sustainable culture of sharing and continuous improvement among educators at all levels. In 2007, ISKME launched OER Commons, its digital public library and collaboration platform, informed by the organization’s pioneering efforts in knowledge management and educational innovation. OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners.

In addition to their widely used OER search and discovery service, ISKME provides a range of other services. Hubs are customizable, branded resource centers on the OER Commons site where a network of users can create and share collections, administer groups, and share news and events associated with a project or organization. Microsites are ISKME’s comprehensive solution for hosting and indexing a unique content library while facilitating collaboration for a specific targeted audience. ISKME’s integration services include integrations with learning management systems, Clever, Google Classroom, and other systems. They conduct a wide range of training workshops, on topics like Introduction to OER Practices and OER Discovery and Curation. They also run the Big Ideas Fest each year. For all these reasons and more, I’m grateful for ISKME and all the wonderful things they do for the open education community. Share some love for ISKME in the comments below.

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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.

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