Archive: School of Open
- 1 Website: http://schoolofopen.org
- 2 Follow #schoolofopen hashtag on social media
- 3 What?
- 4 Why?
- 5 Learning about “open.”
- 6 Who is involved?
- 7 Get Involved
- 8 Running the School of Open openly
- 9 Questions or comments?
- 10 Roadmap
This page also available as a handout (pdf)
The School of Open will provide online educational resources and professional development courses on the meaning and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond. Individuals and organizations will learn how to use free technology and tools, such as Creative Commons licenses, to achieve their goals. Participants will also learn how to overcome barriers they run into everyday due to legal or technical restrictions.
Universal access to and participation in research, education, and culture is made possible by openness, but not enough people know what it means or how to take advantage of it. We hear about Open Source Software, Open Educational Resources, and Open Access… But what are these movements, who are their communities, and how do they work? Most importantly—how can they help me?
Learning about “open.”
The School of Open will offer courses on the meaning and application of “open” on the web and in offline environments. Courses will be powered by mentors and learners like you, and will be organized into study groups that leverage free and open resources and tools for collaboration. Artists, educators, learners, scientists, archivists, and other creators already improve their fields via the use of open tools and materials. So can you. A long-term objective for the School of Open is to offer certification on the skills learned, so that you can help others take full advantage of what the digital age has to offer. Current courses include Teach someone something with open content and Get CC Savvy.
Who is involved?
The School of Open is coordinated by Creative Commons and P2PU, an active peer learning platform and community for developing and running free online courses. Volunteers, individual creators and organizational representatives, can design courses for peer learning in study groups or for facilitation by a subject expert.
There are many ways you can get started. Here are a few:
- Sign up for these mailing lists:
- Check out or improve an existing School of Open course
- Create a course with support from our growing online community.
- Help spread the word! Print and hand out copies of this page: File:School of Open One pager.pdf
Running the School of Open openly
In the spirit of all it encompasses, the School of Open is being run as an open community project—which means that everything is being documented openly, decisions are made transparently, and the community has input in making those decisions. Here a few of the things we are doing to ensure maximum openness:
- Holding an open community call once a month for those working on courses or who want to shape the future of the project
- Enabling collaborative editing and feedback on core documents using etherpads, including:
- Documenting all progress at the P2PU blog
- Tracking all tasks and projects on a public Trello board
- Adding all events to a public Google calendar
Questions or comments?
If you have a private question, email the Project Manager at janepark at creativecommons dot org.
- CC Global Summit (September 2011): Concept for a School of Open gains support from CC Affiliates and Summit participants as part of the CC Education Strategy Workshop.
- Mozilla Festival: Media, Freedom, & the Web (November 2011): School of Open concept tested at the festival, resulting in five prototype courses in collaboration with workshop participants as part of a three-hour design challenge.
- Initial Call for Participation: Announced on the CC blog, the CC affiliates mailing list, P2PU and CC community mailing lists, other open/free culture mailing lists, and broadcast via CC and P2PU social media channels.
- CC Africa Regional Meeting: Discussion on School of Open held at CC's first regional meeting in Africa. Initial interest in the project, but no immediate capacity for involvement yet.
- School of Open working meeting (July 2012): Part P2PU's month-long pop-up office in Berlin. Project Manager and P2PU community members start mapping and developing some key components of the School over two weeks. Events: Virtual sprint (24 July), School of Open challenges workshop (26 July), Open Web Challenges Hackjam w/Mozilla (28 July).
- School of Open breakout at CC Staff In-Town-Week: Intro to School of Open and P2PU course structure, with a large group brainstorm around the most common misconceptions staff run into when talking to people about CC. In small groups, staff found resources to address six common misconceptions shared those resources. The resulting resources and list of misconceptions will inform CC related courses at School of Open going forward.
- Open Knowledge Festival (September 2012) and CC Europe Regional Meeting: OKFestival’s Open Research and Education track includes an “Open Peer Learning: School of Open and School of Data” workshop to engage the OKFN, CC, and European open communities. It will take place right before the CC Europe regional meeting to allow CC affiliates to participate.
- Convening on the Open Policy Institute and School of Open (October 2012): School of Open and Open Policy Institute convening to get key funders and representatives from the various “open” sectors on board and involved. CC is organizing and hosting all logistics and content of this meeting.
- Open Ed Conference (October 2012): Creative Commons will present School of Open during a closing plenary session and pitchfest to recruit interested initiatives and individuals interested in creating and running courses on "open".
- 2012 Mozilla Festival: Making, Freedom, and the Web (November 2012): Thanks to the success of the School of Open workshops in Berlin, Mozilla has invited us to lead a similar workshop at their annual festival in London. This will be an optimal time to debut progress from Berlin through the October meeting.
- CC Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting (November 2012): Discussion and/or workshop on School of Open at these meetings (led by CC’s Global Network Manager) to catalyze affiliate involvement.
- CC Latin America Regional Meeting (November 2012): Discussion and/or workshop on School of Open at these meetings (led by CC’s Global Network Manager) to catalyze affiliate involvement.