Learn open practices at School of Open.

Why "open"?  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. We hear about Open Source Software, Open Educational Resources, and Open Access… But what are these movements, who are their communities, and how do they work? Most importantly—how can they help me? 

A collaboration with the public.  Courses are powered by mentors and learners like you. Whether you are an individual volunteer or organizational representative, we invite you to create a course, run a workshop, or start a training program in your region. The School of Open is coordinated by P2PU and Creative Commons, a globally focused nonprofit dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

Learning about "open".  The School of Open offers online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, and research. We offer two types of online courses:

  • Stand-alone courses that can be worked through at your own pace at any time, with or without others
  • Facilitated courses that run for a set period of weeks with an organizer that provides feedback and facilitates discussion

Get involved. 

  • Sign up for announcements. Sign up to be notified of major updates and course launches. Our next facilitated courses start on a rolling basis in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Join the discussion. Help us build the School! Develop and discuss projects with your peers.
  • Learn more. In addition to courses, we run workshops, training programs, and other free education opportunities.


Philipp (school organizer) John Britton (school organizer) Jane Park (school organizer) jessica coates (school organizer) timothy vollmer (school organizer) Piet (school organizer) Molly AK (school organizer) Billy Meinke (school organizer)

Facilitated courses

Facilitated courses run for a set period of weeks with an organizer that provides feedback and facilitates discussion. The following courses will launch on a rolling basis in February, March, and April 2014 and will display an OPEN FOR SIGN-UP notice. Please subscribe to be notified of each course start. You can also take a stand-alone course at any time below!

Stand-alone courses

Stand-alone courses can be worked through at your own pace, with or without others. Take these courses at any time!

Getting your course featured

Is your course ready for review and publication? Here are the steps towards getting it featured above:


  1. Share a link to your draft course on the School of Open discussion list.
  2. Based on feedback from your peers, iterate and improve.
  3. Seek the final reviews of two School of Open organizers -- one from Creative Commons and one from P2PU.   
  4. Incorporate organizers' feedback and publish.

An organizer will add your course once it has undergone the review process. You can read more about the course review process here.

These courses are being developed

We are looking for collaborators for these courses

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the above, please join our discussion list.

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