Open source software and creative commons allowing derivatives resources in education


What do we understand when we talk about Open Education? As a general definition, we can refer to those practices and initiatives that enable the sharing and building of knowledge with the aim of improving educational access at a global scale.

There are different ways to support Open Education. In this Community of Practice, we will be focusing on Open Source Software (OSS) and Open Educational Resources (OER) and we will provide with an introduction to Creative Commons and how these can affect scientific research.

This Community of Practice is organized in collaboration with the project LangOER, a European linguistic network focused on enhancing the linguistic and cultural components of Open Education Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OPR).


Ioannis Lefkos, Msc, PhD, is a Primary School Teacher and a Teacher Trainer. He specializes in the use of ICT in teaching, in the Professional Development of Educators, in Distance Education and the use of Social Media for Training. Ioannis has a Major in Pedagogy and a Major in Science, a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Physics Education & ICT in Education. He has many years of teaching experience in the Pre-Service and also in the In-Service Training of Teachers. He is a certified trainer in the “Use of ICT in Education” program administered by the Greek Ministry of Education and has participated in many National and European research programs, co-financed by the Socrates and the Lifelong learning Programmes, contributing to the development of educational software and other digital teaching materials. He is a co-author of many research papers published in national and international conference proceedings and an international journal. Currently he is a contributor for the Greek National Repository of OER and also participating in the “LangOER Project: Open Educational Resources for less used languages”.

Radostina Karageorgieva is a part of the Science Team at European Schoolnet, where she manages the Scientix projects submitted by educators across Europe. She has a background in communications with a focus on the digital market and new media. She has worked for the Video Production team of the Maastricht University, as well as for the Digital Communications Team at the British Embassy in Bulgaria. During her Master's programme in European Public Affairs, she produced academic works in the field of cyberbullying and the effect of videogames on the cognitive abilities of millennials, but also on challenges to EU competition policy when it comes to regulating digital undertakings.


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The Scientix Communities of Practice (CoP) entail a moderated online forum, leaded by a designated expert, where STEM teachers will be able to discuss on science and technology subjects.

In this space you will find a basic presentation on the topic, paired with a series of useful resources as topic guidelines. Participants will find an array of open questions to inquire and discuss about.

The objective of the CoP is to let the participants engage and discuss with each other on those questions they are more interested in, to end up formulating a series of final ideas or conclusions.