Open licensing

Understand open licensing, types of licenses, issues and challenges, the impact of open licensing and digitization of intellectual property, as well as different business models associated with open licensing.

The Impact of Open Licensing on the Early Reader Ecosystem examines how to use open licensing to promote quality learning resources for young children that are relevant and interesting.

Author
Neil Butcher
Lisbeth Levey
Sarah Hoosen
Derek Moore
Publisher
Neil Butcher & Associates

The policy paper notes that open educational resources have worked well as complements to textbooks and commercial content, but the experience of the past decade — with free content on the Internet aiming to replace publisher-created textbooks— has demonstrated that it is difficult to maintain the quality, efficacy and sustainability necessary for good education.

Author
International Publishers Association
Publisher
International Publishers Association

Openly licensed resources are ‘free’ to access, but there can be significant user, creation, adaptation, and production costs. The long-term sustainability of African publishing in local languages requires that these costs be met fairly and completely, using models that will encourage people to establish, grow, and sustain excellent content creation organizations.

Author
Neil Butcher
Lisbeth Levey
Kirsty von Gogh
Publisher
Neil Butcher and Associates

This paper examines the concept of OER in more detail, offering a simple, clear definition, explaining the economic and educational potential behind that definition, introducing examples of OER practices around the world, exploring legal considerations, and highlighting some of the challenges to releasing the transformative potential of OER.

Author
Neil Butcher

This study was conducted as part of the OER for Skills Development project of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The objective of the study was to collect baseline data from Commonwealth institutions with respect to the development, use and reuse of OER; the availability of support; and challenges faced in fostering the use of OER.

Author
B Phalachandra and Ishan Abeywardena

Open Educational Resources (OER) offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and the effectiveness of education worldwide. For this reason, COL and UNESCO co-organised the World OER Congress in 2012 in Paris, which resulted in the OER Paris Declaration: a statement urging governments around the world to release, as OER, all teaching, learning and research materials developed with public funds.

Author
Fengchun Miao
Sanjaya Mishra and Rory McGreal (eds)

A Creative Commons guide on how to share resources and creativity, but also maintain a sustainable organization.

Author
Paul Stacey & Sarah Hinchliff Pearson

This study explores the status of the creation, use, and management of open education resources (OER) in Kenya. OER, which to a large extent depend on access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), are seen by proponents as a way to improve access to and quality of education.

Author
Creative Commons