Sunday, January 03, 2010

Creative Commons Licensing for Utah Teachers

This seems like a reasonable iteration towards openness:

R277-111-3. Educators Sharing Materials.
A. Utah educators may share materials for noncommercial use that educators have developed primarily for use in their own classes, courses or assignments...
D. Utah educators may share materials under a Creative Commons License and shall be personally responsible for understanding and satisfying the requirements of a Creative Commons License.

Not to get too nit-picky, but here are a few thoughts:

  • This rule implies that Utah regards this work by teachers as "work for hire" and controlled by the school.
  • They could be a little more explicit about which licenses are permitted -- NC only?
  • I don't really care how you define "open," since I don't value "openness," but I'd note that this does not make these materials Free Cultural Works -- "works or expressions which can be freely studied, applied, copied and/or modified, by anyone, for any purpose."
  • What we should trying to get to, in the end, is something like this:
    All educational materials, resources, tools, etc. developed with government funds or by government employees should be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license, the MIT license, or another relevant permissive open license when appropriate.

Via Pete and David Wiley.

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