As the U.S. economy slowly regains its footing, federal and state governments continue to explore ways to simultaneously cut costs and maximize impact. In the realm of education, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes Open Educational Resources (OER) as one possible answer, and sees its role as "stimulating the development and use of OER in ways that address pressing education issues." (Source: http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010/open-educational-resources) As it continues to learn more about OER, the Department of Education is looking for technical assistance in informing its own policy practices, educating the federal government on the use and benefits of OER, intellectual property licenses that support national education goals, and on administering its OER program. This proposed grant will support a Fellow as OER Advisor to provide technical assistance to the Department. The position will move to the Open CourseWare Consortium, giving it broader impact both nationally and internationally.
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for general operating support
Open Education Global is a nonprofit, members-based network providing advocacy and support for adoption and implementation of open education around the world. Activities, events, and services aim to provide more equitable access to knowledge for teachers and students around the world through high-quality, openly licensed educational materials. Open Education Global works with its members to build open education capacity, inform policy, and create sustainable models, as well as enable international collaboration and innovation.
for the Community College OpenCourseWare project
This request is to support the smooth transition of two influential organizations into one and to more fully promote the adaptation, use, and production of OER among community colleges in the United States. The OpenCourseWare Consortium and the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources both support the integration of OER into accepted teaching and learning practices in higher education. To reduce overlaps, enlarge influence, and create a cohesive program of support for institutions across the higher education landscape, these two organizations have decided to merge and leverage their strengths.