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.

Who creates Open Educational Resources?

As we've mentioned before, Open Educational Resources have been around for over 10 years now. And OER have been created and shared by a wide range of teachers, schools, nonprofits, and even commercial businesses. Below are a brief description of some of the projects that have been creating high quality OER. This list is attributed to Creative Commons and excerpted from the CC Education page.

MIT Open Courseware
MIT OpenCourseWare has been releasing its materials — web versions of virtually all MIT course content — under a CC BY-NC-SA license since 2004. Today, MIT OCW has 2000 courses available freely and ...

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What are Open Educational Resources?

The purpose of the Why Open Education Matters video competition is to raise awareness about the availability, uses, and huge potential for Open Educational Resources for teachers, students, and schools around the world. But of course you might be wondering, what actually are Open Educational Resources--OER, for short?

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research materials. These might be full courses, coure modules, educational videos or animations, textbooks, or interactive content like games. The special thing about Open Educational Resources are the rights that you--as a teacher, student, or anyone--are automatically granted to use the educational materials. From a ...

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Why is this competition happening?

Two weeks ago we announced the kickoff of the Why Open Education Matters video competition. But let's take a moment to step back and understand why this video contest is happening in the first place. Those that have been following the Open Educational Resources movement over the last decade have seen tons of cool projects emerge, many supporting the creation and sharing of openly licensed educational content. But even though OER has been highlighted by such innovative work like MIT's OpenCourseWare, Connexions, OER Commons, Khan Academy, and CK-12 open textbooks, knowledge about these free and openly licensed resources ...

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Kicking off the Video Competition

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 ...

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