Based on the premise that everyone in the world deserves a quality education, a long-emerging movement called Open Educational Resources (OER) is being pushed further along recently by Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Foundation. As a step toward spreading the OER gospel, the trifecta launched a "Why Open Education Matters" video competition back in March. The contest's winners were recently chosen from more than 60 qualifying entries by judges that included James Franco, Davis Guggenheim, Nina Paley, Liz Dwyer, Angela Lin, Mark Surman, and Anya Kamenetz, along with the public. Like the OER materials themselves, the videos are all available via Creative Commons license to be distributed, remixed, and modified.

First Place

Blinktower, a creative agency. South Africa.

Second Place

Laura Rachfalski, an artist, videographer, and photographer. United States.

Third Place

Nadia Paola Mireles Torres and Funktionell, a design firm. Mexico.



To learn more about or participate in OER:

OER Commons


Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Open Courseware Consortium

MIT Open Courseware

Khan Academy

Peer to Peer University



Kelly McCartney


Kelly McCartney |

Having won prestigious literary competitions in both grade school and junior high, I attended college with a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship, earned a BA in Journalism, and interned at Entertainment

Things I share: I seek. I write. I think. I roam. I listen. I care. I wonder. I help. I flirt. I try. I dream. I grow.