Over one billion works use Creative Commons

Graph of # of work vs. years, showing dramatic increase.

Creative Commons licensed works have nearly tripled in the past 5 years, recently exceeding 1 Billion total works. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons, license CC BY 4.0)

Open sharing? We couldn’t do it without you, Creative Commons.

Since OCW adopted a Creative Commons license in 2004, we’ve shared materials from thousands of MIT courses with hundreds of millions of people around the world. All those pageviews, file downloads, remixes and translations, and passing along to friends and colleagues have been enabled by Creative Commons’ clear and widely-accepted terms of use.

Today, Creative Commons announced a major milestone: over 1 billion works have been licensed using Creative Commons since the organization’s founding, and the size of the commons has nearly tripled in the past five years alone. Read more about Creative Commons’ impressive growth and impact in their just-released 2015 State of the Commons Report.

Creators are choosing to share many of their works with the world, free of or with limited restrictions, to support global collaboration. MIT OpenCourseWare is proud to support the Creative Commons’ vision of the world, and proud of our contributions to this vibrant community powered by collaboration and gratitude. The benefits are a world of free and open content that creates more equity, access, and innovation for everyone.

Congratulations OPENPediatrics, a Tech Awards 2015 Education Laureate

Image of a computer screen with image of a young patient connected to ventilator, and simulation of the ventilator displays.

Screen shot from a video overview of the OPENPediatrics Virtual Ventilator. (Courtesy of OPENPediatrics.)

The Tech Awards is an annual program run by The Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley to honor a select group of innovative projects and high-impact young companies working in education, healthcare, economic development and the environment. In 2005, MIT OpenCourseWare was named a Tech Awards Education Laureate.

The 2015 Laureates have just been announced, and as always they’re an inspiring group. See the full list.

Congratulations in particular to OPENPediatrics, a fellow member of the Open Education Consortium that provides “free, online medical education content to pediatric health care providers and is used by more than 800 hospitals worldwide.”  Highlights of OPENPediatrics’ content include:

  • The virtual ventilator, an interactive mechanical ventilation training tool. In the coming weeks, the virtual ventilator will be joined by a new peritoneal dialysis simulator that has already received recognition.
  • A recently released Nursing Cardiac Intensive Care Unit guided learning pathway, including 36 videos and associated assessments, available on their clinician community site.
  • World Shared Practice Forum series of videos that feature world experts on the forefront of pediatric care, structured to foster global asynchronous discussion.
  • A public multimedia library of animations and illustrations drawn from OPENPediatrics’ videos, openly licensed and available for free download.

A Masterwork in Simplicity: The Story of the CC Logo (CreativeCommons.org)

Photo of a museum exhibit hall, with the on/off symbol and Creative Commons logos on the wall.

Creative Commons logo and installation view of MOMA’s exhibit “This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good” by Jim.Henderson. Copyright and related rights waived via CC0.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has a new exhibit, “This is For Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good,” that’s close to the heart for all of us in the open education movement.  The Creative Commons blog reports:

Displayed on the white walls next to the internationally embraced symbols for the on/off button, recycling, and the @ symbol, one will find a mark of equally great significance: the “double-C in a circle,” or simply, the “CC,” Creative Commons mark.

This most visible icon of the free culture movement is on view in the exhibit, but the MoMA took even further steps to recognize the impact and importance of the “CC” logo and its accompanying ShareAlike, NonCommercial, Attribution, and NoDerivatives icons. On March 4, 2015 MoMA Senior Curator Paolo Antonelli announced that the Creative Commons logo had been formally acquired as part of the museum’s permanent collection. It is both a symbolic and very practical kind of acquisition. As part of the collection, the icons and their history will enjoy perpetual protection and recognition by MoMA. But their work is far from complete: like so many of the other instantly-recognizable icons in the MoMA collection, the “CC” logo will continue to be used and appreciated by millions of people in millions of situations, and for many years to come.

Read the full story of the CC logo here, written by Jay Walsh in collaboration with Creative Commons staff.

Join us for Open Education Week

Graphic promoting Open Education Week 2015.

With local events, webinars and other online gatherings, videos, and a wealth of openly-licensed good cheer, the 300+ global members of the Open Education Consortium are celebrating Open Education Week 2015.  It starts today, March 9, and runs until March 13. Check out their website for details.

MIT OpenCourseWare is participating in a 24-hour “tweet-athon” called #AllAboutOpen. This event, organized by Kaplan University, begins at 8:00 AM EDT on Wednesday March 11. You can interact with us and all the other participants by tweeting questions, comments, and tips for success with open educational resources. MIT OpenCourseWare will be specifically featured from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT on Wednesday March 11, discussing how our OCW Educator initiative takes you behind the teaching scenes with MIT faculty.

World’s biggest pan-India OER use survey goes live

If you’re based in India, or have any connections with India, please consider completing this new survey on open educational resources usage. Researcher Leigh-Anne Perryman writes in her blog:

World’s biggest pan-India OER use survey goes live in Hindi and English

Today sees the launch of the biggest ever survey of open educational resources (OER) use in India – developed by The Open University (UK) academics Leigh-Anne Perryman and Tim Seal in connection with the OER Research Hub.  The survey is dual language (English and Hindi) …

If you’re based in India, or have any connections with India, please share your own experiences by completing the most relevant of the following surveys:

Survey for teachers/educators

Survey for students

Survey for people who use OER but are not teachers or students

Boston Children’s Hospital project OPENPediatrics launches new OER resource

As a complement to OCW’s many courses about health and medicine, we’re pleased to share news of a new Open Educational Resource (OER) geared to pediatric clinicians.

Boston Children’s Hospital project OPENPediatrics launches new OER resource

OPENPediatrics (OP), a free online education and best practice-sharing community for pediatric clinicians worldwide, has launched a new library of openly licensed medical animations and illustrations, making them available for non-commercial educational use. The new Multimedia Library draws on the extensive collection of animations and illustrations developed for didactic and procedural videos created for the OP clinician community site. Previously, these resources were only available embedded within OP videos and simulators, but are now presented in a searchable library that includes downloadable versions of each resource.

“Our mission is to improve the health of children worldwide through innovative uses of educational technology,” commented program director Dr. Jeffrey Burns, Chief of Critical Care at Boston Children’s Hospital. “By using the web to distribute animations and illustrations we’ve created for our clinician videos and simulations, we are making them available to an even wider audience and in a format allowing for a wide range of novel uses.”

Animation of defibrillation from the OPENPediatrics Multimedia Library.

The initial 48 animations and illustrations are among the hundreds that will eventually be made available. The first set of resources illustrates key concepts of airway management, respiratory care, neurology, clinical procedures and other areas of pediatric care. As with all OPENPediatrics resources, the animations and illustrations have been peer reviewed for accuracy. All resources in the collection are made available under a Creative Commons license that permits users to download, modify and redistribute the images for non-commercial purposes.

In the coming months, OPENPediatrics will continue publishing animations and illustrations from its back catalog as well as from newly released videos and other resources. The multimedia library is the second publicly available resource from OPENPediatrics, joining a collection of World Shared Practice Forum videos, which share global perspectives on key aspects of pediatric care. OPENPediatrics recently joined the Open Education Consortium, the worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.

MIT takes new approach with STEM Concept Videos (MIT News)

Illustrated icons of graphs, neurons, and molecules.

These icons represent the themes covered in the STEM Concept Videos, such as problem solving, representations, and derivatives and integrals.

MIT takes new approach with STEM concept videos
Real-life examples are relevant to MIT students and students around the world.
Lori Breslow | Teaching and Learning Laboratory

MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) has created 47 STEM Concept Videos to help students connect the concepts they learn in introductory STEM courses to concrete, real-world problems. Students can watch the videos to prepare for class or review a concept for an exam. Instructors can use them to supplement classroom instruction, using snippets or the entire video, most of which are under 15 minutes.  Throughout the videos, viewers are prompted to pause to actively engage with the material — to predict the result of demonstrations, engage in a discussion of concepts, or perform activities tied to the video’s intended learning outcomes.

Some examples of questions that the videos pose include:

  • Why is the concept of divergence useful to researchers designing helmets to protect soldiers from the shockwaves of explosions?
  • What is the connection between martial arts and torque?
  • How can the concept of latent heat be used to design more energy-efficient buildings?

Read the full MIT News article, and check out these videos in MIT OpenCourseWare. Each video is accompanied by a handy Instructor Guide and links to related OCW courses that further illustrate or apply each concept.