Welcome to the School of Open, Class of 2013

Jane Park, March 12th, 2013

Happy Open Education Week! We are happy to announce that the School of Open community has launched its first set of courses

The Library of Congress / No known copyright restrictions

Sign up for these facilitated courses

this week (sign-up will remain open through Sunday, March 17). These courses will start the week of March 18 (next week!). To sign up, simply click the “Start Course” button under the course’s menu navigation on the left.

  • Copyright 4 Educators (US)Sign up if you’re an educator who wants to learn about US copyright law in the education context.
  • Copyright 4 Educators (AUS)Sign up if you’re an educator who wants to learn about Australian copyright, statutory licenses and open educational resources (OER).
  • Creative Commons for K-12 EducatorsSign up if you’re a K-12 educator (anywhere in the world) who wants to learn how to find and adapt free, useful resources for your classroom, and incorporate activities that teach your students digital world skills.
  • Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and BeyondSign up if you want to learn how to edit Wikipedia or improve your editing skills — especially if you are interested in and knowledgeable about open educational resources (OER) (however, no background in this area is required).

All other courses are now ready for you to take

at any time, with or without your peers. They include:

  • Get a CC license. Put it on your website – This course is exactly what the title says: it will help you with the steps of getting a CC license and putting it on your work. It’s tailored to websites, although the same steps apply to most other works.
  • Open Science: An Introduction – This course is a collaborative learning environment meant to introduce the idea of Open Science to young scientists, academics, and makers of all kinds. Open Science is a tricky thing to define, but we’ve designed this course to share what we know about it, working as a community to make this open resource better.
  • Open data for GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) – This course is for professionals in cultural institutions who are interested in opening up their data as open culture data. It will guide you through the different steps towards open data and provide you with extensive background information on how to handle copyright and other possible issues.
  • Intro to Openness in Education – This is an introductory course exploring the history and impacts of openness in education. The main goal of the course is to give you a broad but shallow grounding in the primary areas of work in the field of open education.
  • A Look at Open Video – This course will give you a quick overview of some of the issues, tools and areas of interest in the area of open video. It is aimed at students interested in developing software, video journalists, editors and all users of video who want to take their knowledge further.
  • Contributing to Wikimedia Commons – A sister project of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons is a repository of openly licensed images that people all over the world use and contribute to. This challenge gets you acquainted with uploading your works to the commons.
  • Open Detective – This course will help you explore the scale of open to non-open content and how to tell the difference.

And more… check out all the courses at

Join a launch event this week

School of Open at the Citizen Science Workshop / Levi Simons / CC BY

  • P2PU: A Showcase of Open Peer Learning (Wednesday, March 13) – Join this webinar to see a showcase of some of P2PU’s best learning groups spanning topics from education to open content to programming to Spanish and more, and learn how you can participate.
  • Open Video Sudan (all week, March 10-17) – Join the Open Video Forum in improving “A Look at Open Video” and creating new courses and resources on open video in Sudan.

And more events as part of Open Education Week at

Spread the word

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      #SchoolofOpen has launched! Take free courses on #copyright, #OER, #openscience & more:

      2. Blog and email this:

      The School of Open has launched! Take a free online course on copyright, CC licenses, Wikipedia, open science, open culture, open video formats, and more at Especially check out this course: [link to course of your choice here]. Read more about the launch at

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14 Responses to “Welcome to the School of Open, Class of 2013”

  1. [...] #SchoolofOpen has launched! Take free courses on #copyright, #OER, #openscience & more: [...]

  2. Hollis Sankar says:

    Great News. Hope this site will grow with courses and participants over time and include degrees also.

  3. Ken Y.y says:

    Came to LA Makerspace for open shop time last Sunday and got to listen in on much of Jane Park’s presentation to the first School of Open Class of 2013. Got me interested in learning more about CC so here I am at School of Open!

    Here’s to a successful first session and many to follow!

  4. Jane Park says:

    @Ken – Thanks for coming! I will knock heads with Levi to see about future workshops at the space. Feel free to join our online community at in the meantime!

  5. [...] 3D printers and scanners, quick-printing book machines, mass transcription, Wikipedia, MOOCs, digital humanities, drones, Google Fiber,and socialmedia. I hope to investigate more of these in [...]

  6. Great resource. Thanks. I’ve posted a link to the Copyright for Educators (AUS) on my blog for our staff to see.

  7. Baba Jallow says:

    Thank you so much i am hopeing to be part of it

  8. mitchell harsch says:

    this is really neat!…

    can’t wait to get started.

  9. This is what i have been looking forward to!!. Thanks and I am joining immediately.

  10. wulan says:

    Though my English Reading is not Good , I still get a general idea of this ,,,sounds good ! Hoping it get huge success !

  11. nht2007 says:

    this is really great :)

  12. Nicolás Edgardo Benito says:

    We are working towards building the possibility of creating K+60. It is to say: education before 60 maybe 50 years old on. This generation might live up to 90 years…maybe more. Next generations…who knows ! Humans need to be retrained when they are retired from traditional work market. Who is going to pay sustainment for them ? They (we) will be (are) a lot of people living on other´s support. That´s part of the european crisis: too many old people to be supported. Old people needs to be retrained, i.e. using the web. Sending an e-mail. But much more will be needed to attain in the near future. Retraining will be (is) a constant and critical need . Technology advances increasingly fast leaving behind lots of people…millions without knowing. It will be worst in the future if retraining programs are not developed.
    Help us in our task.
    It´s also yours.

  13. [...] #SchoolofOpen has launched! Take free courses on #copyright, #OER, #openscience & more: [...]

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