Over the past couple of months I’ve been involved with a new Creative Commons initiative, the Open Education Platform. I first learned about the new CC platforms from a Virtually Connecting session with Cable Green and Regina Gong, at the Creative Commons Global Summit in April 2017. That’s where the first draft of the CC Open Education Platform Working doc was created (we are now on version 2). This is an exciting initiative that has the potential to connect people from many parts of the world to make progress on important goals. Yes, many people are already doing this, but for me, I’ve mostly been working with a relatively small group of people from only certain parts of the world, and this is connecting me with more; one of the explicit goals of the platform is to ensure that we are including people from many different geographical areas.
Here is an invitation letter that was recently sent out to many open ed and OER email lists. Please see the letter and links for more information about the CC Platforms, the Open Ed platform, and how to get involved!
Greetings Open Education Colleagues:
In early 2017, the Creative Commons Global Network (CCGN) completed a consultation process of renewing and reorganizing itself to support a strong and growing global movement. The year-long process resulted in the CCGN Global Network Strategy. Part of the new strategy is to establish defined areas of focus, or “platforms,” which will drive CC’s global activities. Platforms are how we organize areas of work for the CC community, where individuals and institutions organize and coordinate themselves across the CC Global Network.
In the spirit of openness and to effectively strategize, these platforms are open to all interested parties working in the platform area and adjacent spaces. That’s why Creative Commons invites you to join the CC Global Network Open Education Platform!
- Stay connected to global actions in open education resources, practice, and policy.
- Identify, plan and coordinate multi-national open education, practices and policy projects to collaboratively solve education challenges with an amazing group of open education leaders from around the world.
- Secure funding (from Creative Commons and other funding sources) for the open education projects we collectively select.
- Contribute to global perspectives on open education to strengthen advocacy worldwide.
- Connect your country / region to global open education initiatives.
- Be on the forefront in implementing Creative Commons’ global network strategy.
- Meet annually, in-person, at the Creative Commons Summit with members of the CC Open Education Platform to celebrate successes, share best practices, and plan for the next year.
- Explore, practice, and share innovative methods for inclusive and open engagement with educators, learners and governments around the world..
WHO should join?
- Open education advocates working in the areas of open educational resources, open educational practices, and/or open education policy.
WHAT are we working on right now?
- Reaching the right people (you!) to build a strong open education platform.
- Developing decision making and engagement structures.
- Defining the goals and projects the CC Open Education Platform will pursue.
Joining the CC Open Education Platform is easy and free:
- Sign up for the email list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cc-openedu
- Sign up for IM (Slack or IRC):
- Slack: sign up: (it will send an invitation email), then sign up to the #cc-openedu channel
- IRC: to join the #creativecommons-openedu IRC channel, connect via Freenode.
- Review and contribute to the platform draft working doc.
- Attend and participate in the monthly meetings.
- The next meeting is October 18: 8:00pm / October 19: 9:00am (PDT, UTC -7).
- Note: every meeting has two different times – so everyone can attend one of the meetings during local daylight hours.
Please join the e-mail list and IM channel, introduce yourself and we’ll see you at the next meeting!