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Open Education Community Responds to Dept. of Ed. Open Licensing Policy

Earlier this week, SPARC submitted comments regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a new open licensing requirement for educational materials and other copyrightable works created through direct grant programs.

New Document on OER Strategy Released

Today, SPARC joined other leaders in the global OER movement to release Foundations for OER Strategy Development. This collaboratively-written document provides a concise analysis of where the global OER movement currently stands: what the common threads are, where the greatest opportunities and challenges lie, and how we can more effectively work together as a community. Ideas for this document came from across the OER community, following a 6-month drafting and feedback process.

U.S. Education Department Proposes Open Licensing Policy As Part of #GoOpen Campaign

Today the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced a new campaign to encourage schools to adopt free, openly licensed educational materials, capping off a historic month of developments for the U.S. open educational resources (OER) movement.

White House Commits to Open Access, Open Education and Open Data in New Open Government Plan

Today the White House released its 2016-2017 Open Government National Action Plan, which includes commitments to expand access to open educational resources and the results of federally funded research. This exciting development shows continued support from the Obama administration for these issues, and sets the stage for continued progress beyond the 2016 elections.

Affordable College Textbook Act Reintroduced in Congress

SPARC is excited to share that today the Affordable College Textbook Act was introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. The bill aims to reduce the cost of textbooks by expanding the use of open educational resources on college and university campuses.

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

A new multi-institutional study conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University shows a striking trend that students assigned free, open textbooks do as well or better than their peers in terms of grades, course completion, and other measures of academic success.

Education Department Hires First Ever Open Education Advisor

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the hiring of the first-ever open education adviser to lead a national effort to expand Open Educational Resources (OER) in K-12 schools.

Coalition Calls on White House to Open Up Taxpayer-Funded Educational Materials

Today, a broad coalition of more than 90 organizations representing the education, library, technology, public interest and legal communities released a letter calling on President Obama to open up educational materials created with federal taxpayer funds.

SPARC Attends White House Event for Career Training Grant Program

This morning SPARC attended the White House announcement of the TAACCCT Grant Program's fourth and final round of winners. The program is internationally recognized for conditioning the grants on the use of a Creative Commons Attribution License for all resources developed using the federal grant funds.

White House Announces Open Education Initiative in Open Government Plan

Yesterday President Obama announced a new initiative to promote open education as part of an update to the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan. This exciting development represents an important milestone in U.S.