A campaign to promote the use of openly licensed educational materials was announced by the U.S. Department of Education last month. The move is meant to encourage school districts and states to use "freely accessible, openly-licensed materials." Unlike textbooks, such resources can be readily updated and/or adjusted by teachers to meet the needs of their students.
On October 29, the Office of Educational Technology, a part of the Office of the Secretary of Education, proposed a regulation requiring an open license for any copyrightable intellectual property created with U.S. Department of Education discretionary competitive grant funds. "By requiring an open license, we will ensure that high-quality resources created through our public funds are shared with the public, thereby ensuring equal access for all teachers and students regardless of their location or background," said John King, senior advisor delegated the duty of the Deputy Secretary of Education.
By: Lisa Waugh