The Open Education program at Creative Commons works to minimize these barriers, supporting the CC mission through education, advocacy and outreach on using the right licenses and open policies to maximize the benefits of open educational resources (OER) and the return on investment in publicly funded education resources.
"The creation of open educational resources (OER) requires consideration of a number of legal issues. Paramount amongst these is consideration of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and in particular, copyright. Making materials ‘open’ is to make them available to the public for free in perpetuity (at least to some extent – certain restrictions are still possible)."
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Lumen Learning offers a platform for OER learning with three services: Candela offers affordable e-books with curated text, video, interactives, and other learning materials, Waymaker combines enriched OER with personalized learning tools that improve faculty-student connections, and OHM is an OER online homework system for math and quantitative subjects.
"Lumen Learning provides high quality open courseware and support for educational institutions to help them eliminate textbook costs, broaden access to educational materials and improve student success through the effective use of open-educational resources (OER)."
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Top Hat empowers professors by turning students’ distracting mobile devices into learning tools and building comprehension with customizable, affordable textbooks and interactive homework.
University of Minnesota Open Textbook Network. Although not quite a content management system, it is still a useful a network that an institution can join for support using OER. Also, they maintain a library of open materials.
NOTE: this is a group of institutions and academics. The organization does NOT charge for services.