Public Domain Jam! (Creative Commons blog)

The Wizard of Oz; Moby Dick; Alice in Wonderland. These characters (and many, many others) are in the public domain, and are free to be remixed and remade… into videogames. Creative Commons blogged about the Public Domain Jam, a cool videogame design contest with a $1000 prize for the best game released into the public domain:

If you’re a videogame designer and you have nothing to do over the next week (or if making cool games is more fun than your day job), why not spend the week developing a public domain game?

The idea of The Public Domain Jam is to encourage developers to create games based on public domain assets and stories, and optionally give the games themselves back to the public domain via the CC0 waiver. The game trailer encourages designers to think about the amazing wealth of public domain source material. Read more


The contest ends on Saturday, so hurry! And don’t forget to check out our list of game-related courses on OCW.

11th Annual Open Education Conference call for proposals now open

opened2014-logoIt’s that time of year – planning is underway for the 11th annual family reunion of the Open Education family, and we hope that you’re planning for it, too.

Call for Proposals is Now Open!

The CFP submission process calls for tweet-sized abstracts and brief descriptions of 500 or fewer words. Learn more about the conference themes and then submit a proposal! Connect your content, research, tools, methods, advocacy, badges, policies, and other work with the rest of the field.

Starting today: free open content licensing course for educators organized by the OER university

This OCL4Ed micro Open Online Course (mOOC) will be facilitated by the UNESCO OER Chair network in support of capability development for the UNESCO 2012 Paris OER Declaration (See video on course site from Abel Caine, Programme Specialist for OER at UNESCO.). The OCL4Ed 14.02 course is sponsored by the OER Foundation, the Commonwealth of Learning and College of Liberal Arts, University of Mississippi.

Otago Polytechnic will provide optional credentialing services for this mOOC which will carry credit towards the Open Education Practice elective of the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education.

(Via @Ignatia Webs)

And speaking of the Mechanical MOOC…

…that Philipp Schmidt helped design, we’ve just received permission to share a preprint of this paper, Hei Mookie! Where do I start? The Role of Artifacts in an Unmanned MOOC (PDF 333KB), by Marisa Ponti, Postdoctoral Researcher in Department of Applied IT at Chalmers University – University of Gothenburg in Sweden.  She takes a look at the role of digital artifacts in the Mechanical MOOC model.  The paper is to be published in the Proceedings of the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences  The abstract:

Three artifacts were examined in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Mechanical because there is no professor to offer the course. Employing the notion of inscription from actor-network theory, the analysis focuses on the action of facilitation embedded in these artifacts and the ways in which these actions unfold. Using online ethnography, this study attempts to explicate how the designers have delegated facilitation to these objects. The findings suggest that the artifacts play a distinct role in enacting forms of facilitation and sustaining the course without teaching presence. They indicate that the artifacts do not play simply an intermediary role, but work to redistribute facilitation and reformulate social relations. While online courses have relied primarily upon teachers, with the increased size and technological interdependence of this MOOC, the examined artifacts apparently remove the need for exposure to teachers, by providing participants with peer interactions and automated coordination and testing. Read the full paper (PDF 333KB).

P2PU is just wrapping up the final week of the fifth offering of the Mechanical MOOC “A Gentle Introduction to Python,” with several hundred of the initial 3,000 students participating.

CC’s Next Generation Licenses — Welcome Version 4.0! (Creative Commons)

From the Creative Commons blog:

Diane Peters, November 25th, 2013


We proudly introduce our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses — more than two years in the making — are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before.

We had ambitious goals in mind when we embarked on the versioning process coming out of the 2011 CC Global Summit in Warsaw. The new licenses achieve all of these goals, and more. The 4.0 licenses are extremely well-suited for use by governments and publishers of public sector information and other data, especially for those in the European Union. This is due to the expansion in license scope, which now covers sui generis database rights that exist there and in a handful of other countries.

Among other exciting new features are improved readability and organization, common-sense attribution, and a new mechanism that allows those who violate the license inadvertently to regain their rights automatically if the violation is corrected in a timely manner.

You can find highlights of the most significant improvements on our website, track the course of the public discussion and evolution of the license drafts on the 4.0 wiki page, and view a recap of the central policy decisions made over the course of the versioning process.

The 4.0 versioning process has been a truly collaborative effort between the brilliant and dedicated network of legal and public licensing experts and the active, vocal open community. The 4.0 licenses, the public license development undertaking, and the Creative Commons organization are stronger because of the steadfast commitment of all participants.

With the 4.0 licenses published, we will be turning our attention to official translations of the legal code in partnership with our affiliate network and larger community. Translations of our new deeds are also underway, with a significant number already completed.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in making 4.0 a reality!

Read the original post (which is ironically shared under CC BY 3.0).

Examples of OER in Health Remixes from the African Health OER Network

African_Health_OER_NT_logo.1.1OER adaptation and remix is one of the core values of the open education movement. Two recent examples of OER remixes from the African Health OER Network highlight how teaching resources developed in one country can be easily adapted to work in different contexts. To read these case studies, please click here. If you have similar examples of OER remix/adaptation that you would like to share please send an email to