Neeru Paharia

Photos and thoughts on Creative Commons Salon NYC on opening education

Last night I sat on a panel with Dave Bill and Kerri Richardson Redding talking about how we use Creative Commons licenses in our school with students and adults. The event was the Creative Commons Salon NYC, and the theme was "Opening Education." The night started out with Eric Frank of Flat World Knowledge and Neeru Paharia of Peer 2 Peer University. Eric talked about how Flat World was publishing digital textbooks under Creative Commons licenses (non commercial) and had some interesting insight in what seems to be an awful industry in general. Neeru talked about the motivations for being part of an organization that believes that anyone should be able to take college-level classes online, for free.
Dave, Kerri, and I seemed to focus much more on why Creative Commons was important to students in particular whether giving them methods for publishing their own work, joining into something bigger (the commons), or using material from the Internet that wasn't entangled in potential legal folly.
I definitely have some more reflection to do on the event before I can blog more, but thought I should fire out the photos and the summaries. I had a great time with our NYCIST colleagues who were there, too. Thanks for the support!

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