A key barrier to improving children's reading skills is limited or no access to textbooks and reading materials. Restrictive copyrights limit how reading resources are used, shared, or repurposed, which in turn limits the potential impact, reach, and scalability of the materials. An open education resource (OER) policy could help forward Early Grade Reading (EGR) efforts and is now a policy requirement for all United States Government-funded projects. Can stakeholders in the book production chain embrace an OER model, finding benefit in the approach?
This August, the Global Reading Network webinar series on Open Licensing will focus on Approaches for Open Licensing Early Grade Reading Materials, targeting reading program implementers who are executing an open educational resource (OER) policy in collaboration with government and publishers. The webinar will introduce forthcoming guidance on open licensing developed by the Global Reading Network. Furthermore, it will tap the expertise of USAID-funded programs that have executed open licensing of EGR materials in different contexts in Africa and Asia in collaboration with local Ministries of Education and publishers.
The webinar has three main purposes: 1) to provide information on copyright and open licensing to the diverse stakeholders involved in EGR improvement initiatives; 2) to share best practices for open licensing EGR materials in projects implemented in collaboration with local ministries and publishers in developing countries; and 3) to share success stories, challenges, and lessons learned in open licensing EGR materials for literacy programs implemented in developing countries.
Webinar presenters include: Sofia Cozzolino, Save The Children – Rwanda; Ana Robledo, RTI International; Linda Hiebert, Global Book Alliance; and Aristarick Lyimo, Reading within Reach. The webinar will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EDT on August 28. Register here.