P2PU School of Open
a collaboration with Creative Commons

*prof dev around open integrated into existing offline/online courses
*prof dev around peer learning (p2pu general) incorporated... etc.

recently conducted a workshop on copyright issues for the Open Schools in India .  pl see : 
Savithri Singh
Acharya Narendra Dev College
(University of Delhi)

Updated, now at http://pad.p2pu.org/p/school-of-open-philosophy
Draft Charter - v0.1 (draft) - 9 Nov 2011

The School of Open is a collaboration between Creative Commons and Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to create a grassroots learning community focused on "open" standards, tools, and practices and their practical application in life and society.


The problem: Universal access to and participation in research, education, and culture is made possible by "openness", but not enough people know what it means or how to take advantage of it.

The solution: Peer learning on what "open" means and how it applies to you, powered by mentors and learners like you, self-organized into study groups which themselves leverage existing "open" learning materials.

The goal: Encourage artists, educators, learners, scientists, archivists, and other creators to improve their fields via the use of open tools and materials. Offer skills and certification around "openness" that result in the spread of open tools, content, and practices.


Learning opportunities and certification offered by the School of Open focus exclusively on promoting open practices in research, education, and culture. As an example: courses that explain copyright in the context of open licensing are appropriate; courses that only explain the nuances of copyright law are not appropriate. This focus may evolve and deepen as the School of Open community grows.

Courses must be built around tools that are accessible to any learner free of cost, free to share, and free to modify to suit their personal needs. Participants should also be encouraged to openly share their work. Participants are expected to openly license their work under the CC Attribution-ShareAlike, or compatible license, so that they may review, revise, and adapt each others work.


The School of Open is operated by CC and P2PU in a spirit of goodwill and partnership, and eschews unnecessary bureaucracy. Decisions will be made in an open and transparent manner. (we may have to revisit "partnership" unless it is an official partnership, which this sounds like it is. if it's an official partnership, cable will have some legal document to be exchanged)

CC commits to taking leadership on learning and badge content and an appropriate recognition schema, and final decisions in this area are being made according to the CC governance structure.

P2PU commits to taking leadership on the learning platform and assessment, and final decisions in this area are being made based on P2PU values and using P2PU governance structures. (how is assessment different from recognition schema/and or badges above?)

CC and Mozilla jointly own the rights to School of Open names and logos. Any potential revenue from the School of Open is shared between CC and P2PU. (we need to talk re branding. cc has dif policies. )

All content and software source code developed by School of Open are openly licensed. Non-software content is licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike:

Charter example - http://commonspace.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/draftwebcraftcharter/


What topics / audiences do we initially focus on?

List of topics / audiences 


Lawyers / Legal practitioners

Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums (GLAM)


Open Data Wranglers

Open Business Models

Artists, creators, software developers

What does it take to master "openness"?

Essential elements (from festival):

Notes from CC Global Summit:
School of Open/CC/IP

Topics people are interested in?
* other courses - how do you become an affiliate
* CC experts via badges
** badge vetted from international community?
** CC affiliates running courses?

Training needs?
* offline and online resources created as OER while teaching OER, ie.
handouts/one pagers (in the past: letter to the ministry of the
education, flowcharts)
* local adaptation
* offline meetings around online courses
* presentations
* using CC as a tool to get them into open culture and more
comfortable with internet/technology use in classes
* teacher training (Estonia) on how to use open resources (so
angle/market to how teachers can improve resources for classroom)
** ie. how do i access free resources for my teaching? how do i
improve what I'm doing? etc.
** advantages teachers get from using OER
** incentives for such a course
* how to encourage universities, ie. faculty from universities in
Korea - no resources to even teach about CC
** educating university authorities (top-down)
** maybe better to target students directly
** find examples of the best teachers
** benefits for reputation of school
* crowd source some resources
* OKF - open data manual, data journalism, open science, open gov,
targeting educators
* case studies - stories of how people's lives are being changed by CC