As many of you know, I now work for an organization called ISKME. We care about the education commons. In fact, OER Commons is the biggest publicly visible chunk of what we do (although we do a lot more besides). In a world where content continues to be pushed behind walled gardens, the fight for Open Educational Resources matters more than ever.
(If that last sentence doesn’t sound important enough, imagine that it was spoken by the late great Don LaFontaine… in a world where content continues to be pushed behind walled gardens… anyway.)
Part of what we also do is work directly with teachers to help make the education commons better. Teachers know what they need, and they know what other teachers need — and we’re continually working on new ways to strengthen and support the community of teachers who believe in the education commons.
Our latest initiative: OER Fellowship. Teachers are busy, and they’re underpaid, and as much as teachers would love to take the time to participate in OER projects, a lot can’t justify it. We’re hoping that a little cash and a little recognition will change that.
So pass it on, you freedom lovers. Ask your freedom lovin’ teacher friends to apply. Deadline is October 29th.