Creative Commons, U.S. Department of Education, and Open Society Foundations present

Why Open Education Matters

Create a short video that explains the benefits and promise of Open Educational Resources for teachers, students and schools everywhere.

What themes should my video contain?

There's a lot of different ways that you can approach the charge of "Create a short video that explains the benefits and promise of Open Educational Resources for teachers, students and schools everywhere."

We want you to be as creative as you can in writing, recording, and editing your video submissions. Your video should be sure to communicate to a wide audience a clear, concise, and exciting vision for open education. Keep it simple, but think big.

Regarding potential content or themes you might tackle, listed below are a few of the possible directions you might take. Please use these questions as a guide to direct your brainstorms instead of an exhaustive list from which you can't deviate. For more examples, see the FAQ.

* How are teachers using Open Educational Resources right now as a way to provide individualized instruction for students?

* Looking ahead 10 years, what might schools and traditional classroom learning look like if Open Educational Resources are adopted throughout our public education system?

* Why is it important that teachers and students be able to legally collaborate, customize, and remix learning materials in a 21st century learning environment?

* How can Open Educational Resources help states, districts and schools save money with continually declining budgets?

* What is the future of textbooks that use modular, modifiable Open Educational Resources?

* How can high-quality openly licensed educational content go hand-in-hand with content standards such as the Common Core State Standards in order to deliver high quality educational content to our students now and in the future?

* In addition to using openly licensed content, what sorts of open collaborative practices should schools explore to realize the full potential of Open Educational Resources?

* Are there any ways students who use Open Educational Resources can be recognized for what they have learned or use that learning to earn more formal degrees, certificates and industry-recognized credentials?