Launch of the ‘Why Open Education Matters’ Video Competition
Today Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute announce the launch of the ‘Why Open Education Matters’ Video Competition. The competition will award cash prizes for the best short videos that explain the use and promise of free, high-quality Open Educational Resources—or “OER”—and describe the benefits and opportunities these materials create for teachers, students and schools.
Video submissions are accepted until June 5, 2012 and winners will be announced July 18, 2012. Cash prizes, provided by the Open Society Institute, include $25,000 (first), $5,000 (second), and $1,000 (Public Choice Award). Judges include prominent artists and education experts, including Davis Guggenheim, Nina Paley, James Franco, and many others. The competition website is whyopenedmatters.org and features an introductory video by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. All entries must be shared under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan underlined various benefits of OER. Duncan, in a video that appears on the Why Open Education Matters contest website, said, “Open Educational Resources can not only accelerate and enrich learning; they can also substantially reduce costs for schools, families and students.”
Catherine Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons, pointed out the importance of raising awareness for Open Educational Resources. “Both Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources are 10 years old this year, and there’s been an amazing explosion in the amount and quality of free, openly-licensed educational content being shared online.
The Creative Commons licenses are adapted to the legal system of each country; they are present with a localized edition in Macedonia since 2007, thanks to the Metamorphosis Foundation.
The Metamorphosis Foundation is also implementing the Open Educational Resources project, aiming at raising the awareness and building the capacity of the academic public for creating and using open educational resources.
Creative Commons Macedonia “Launch of the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition“ 16 мај, 2012 (in Macedonian)