Paul Stacey - Creating a Global Education Commons

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Paul Stacey spoke at UBC on the topic of the impact of Creative Commons on education as part of the part of the Teaching, Learning, & Technology lecture series and the Open Education Community of Practice. This session was recorded on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, at the Irving K Barber Learning Centre at UBC.

How Open Textbooks, Open Educational Resources & MOOC's are Changing Education


Over the past ten years Creative Commons has enabled the creation of a global education commons by providing legal and technical infrastructure for maximizing digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.This presentation explored the growth of the global education commons, its current state, and future directions.

There is a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and change happening in higher education. Existing and new education providers are leveraging the Internet, ICT infrastructure, digital content, open licensing, social networking, and interaction to develop new forms of education. While "open education" has long played a role in removal of barriers to education it's meaning is being reshaped in light of MOOC's, open textbooks, open educational resources, open source software, open access, open data, and open policy. This presentation explored how these new forms of open are affecting education globally.

Teaching and learning involve knowledge creation and dissemination requiring faculty, librarians, students and staff to work within legal requirements of copyright and intellectual property. For many this has been highly contentious, pitting end users against major publishers or resulting in widespread abuse of the law. Creative Commons licenses give rights owners and users a set of tools that enable a differently balanced copyright system. This session explored the opportunity and benefits associated with faculty and students using Creative Commons licensed resources in courses. A wide range of examples was used to show how Creative Commons licenses work and how resources can be sourced and used without having to go through onerous permission seeking cycles or paying large sums of money.

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About Mr. Stacey

With over 25 years as an educator in adult learning, Paul has delivered high-tech educational programs in the private and public sector around the world. AT BCcampus, Paul led initiatives to forward use of educational technology for online learning, development of open educational resources, and professional development services for educators across all of BC’s public post-secondary institutions. Now at Creative Commons Paul is working to support the build out of an education and culture commons around the world.

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