Today Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute launch the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. The competition will award cash prizes, provided by the Open Society Institute, of up to $25,000 for the best short videos that explain the use and promise of free, high-quality open educational resources and describe the benefits and opportunities these materials create for teachers, students and schools.
The Why Open Education Matters Video Competition coincides with the first annual Open Education Week. Open Ed Week is a global event that seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education. While Open Educational Resources have been around for 10 years now, the benefits and promise of a the global Open Education movement needs to be known to all. We need your help.
We're honored to have U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan provide the introduction to the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. Your videos must be submitted to the competition website by June 5, 2012, and winners will be announced July 18, 2012. Cash prizes include $25,000 (first), $5,000 (second), and $1,000 (Public Choice Award). Judges include Davis Guggenheim, Nina Paley, James Franco, and many others. We can't wait to see your creative videos.