Winston, Hannah. (9/16/2013) California’s Community Colleges Shift to Creative Commons Licenses. Wired Campus. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/californias-community-colleges-shift-to-creative-commons-licenses/46665?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en
Last week, a student asked whether they will have access to the research services after they graduate. Unfortunately, no but why can’t we allow alumni access to services and declare they are still authorized users albeit as alumni? Maybe create an alumni account with access privileges to the databases and not just book borrowing as provided to many alumni. We are a state system funded by the taxpayers of the Commonweatlh too! Maybe course materials should be given free access too!
California’s Board for 112 community colleges has started requiring that courses, research, and other work paid for by the system chancellor’s office be made available free to all users under Creative Commons “attribution” licenses. While the system will retain the copyright on the materials, other users will be able to take advantage of them as long as the originators are properly credited.
Before the change, if a faculty member at a California community college wrote a textbook or created course materials for a class and the work was paid for by the chancellor’s office, the system retained all rights to it.
Because the work is publicly financed, he says there is no reason it shouldn’t be available to everyone. BUT, funding for public works is only exempt from copyright for U.S. government publications not states or local municipalities. I take issue also with textbook (e-textbooks particularly) and the lack of concern of the faculty’s own copyright claims to the creative work.
For less than $1, pending Internet taxes, you can get the book The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education. But, you will need to download it to your iPad and it contains images of copyright and trademark protected works such as Snoopy and liberal (attributed) access to other copyright protected items such as maps, images, videos, text, audio, etc.
There are already organizations that catalog open educational resources, such as the Open Textbooks Catalog from the University of Minnesota: https://open.umn.edu/opentextb...
There is considerable dispute whether online learning is as effective as classroom learning. Evidence support self disciplined, mature, motivated students can do well but they are not the average student.