A few months ago I had posted a note about Harvard faculty considering and passing a resolution to freely publishing all their scholarship online (see this and this). Now it turns out that faculty at the Stanford University, School of Education have gone the same route (see this note). Bravo.
But what’s going on back home, at MSU?
As it turns out the CIC institutions (also known as the Big 10) have been pushing for a similar idea (details here). According to this proposal, individual faculty members would be permitted to post their work on the Internet six months after publication. That seems like a fair compromise to me – though I much prefer the Harvard or Stanford model, particularly for my field, that of educational technology (see this posting that argues for a new paradigm for ed tech research).