6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)


Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean. These credible sites offer a wealth of vetted, high quality OER resources, categorized and sorted for easy navigation. Watch a webinar on how to write strong assessments ).

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Supporting the Full Life-Cycle for OER-Based Lessons is Critically Important

The Journal

In the "old" paper world, teachers had evolved a comfortable process for managing the life-cycle of a lesson; developing, distributing, enacting, assessing, reflecting, sharing.

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OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool


Open educational resources (OER) have long been touted as “the next big thing” in higher education, but the drawn-out hype has led many educators and administrators to wonder if it would ever live up to its expectations. Those days are over: 2017 was OER’s breakthrough year. To bring OER to more students and instructors, whole institutions needed to jump on board and plan for the widespread implementation. That happened in 2017. OER needs bells and whistles.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Iterating Toward Openness

Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER? , I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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Tailor-ED Raises $1.6 Million to Bring Differentiated OER to More Students


After each lesson, students complete exit ticket assessments for subject mastery and social-emotional learning indicators. Education Technology Financing Open Educational Resources (OER Samantha Rouse had a routine. After she put her three sons to bed, the Kinston, N.C.,

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?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER


As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report —are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later


Five years ago, in an essay called “ 2017: RIP OER? ” I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Let’s hope it’s not the year OER peaks.

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent. There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact,” said Rebecca Kockler, assistant superintendent of academic instruction for the state of Louisiana, at the annual SXSWedu conference last week in Austin, Texas. “We

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Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door


Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. The most recent example occurred this week, when OER company Lumen Learning announced a partnership with one of the country’s largest textbook distributors, Follet Corporation. David Wiley [CEO at Lumen] is the godfather of OER, and he has really been driving the textbook affordability challenge for years,” says McFarlane.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

I spend most of my time doing fairly tactical thinking and working focused on moving OER adoption forward in the US higher education space. I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. Now, make no mistake – OER is a means, not an end.

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Of Progress, Problems, and Partnerships

Iterating Toward Openness

In 2012 Kim Thanos and I founded Lumen Learning because, through our Gates-funded work on the Kaleidoscope Project, we had seen first-hand how hard it was for faculty to replace publisher materials with OER. It seemed like lots of people wanted to publish and share their own OER, but no one wanted to use anyone else’s. Actually, plenty of faculty wanted to use OER – they just didn’t want to use them badly enough to fight through all the obstacles that involved.

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The Power of Open and Honest Conversation: League Leaders Convene in Ohio

Digital Promise

The district is also a leader in the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, championing teacher-created content and sharing resources widely. Participants engaged in working groups around topics like assessment, competency-based education, and data interoperability, making plans to share their stories and lessons learned with the broader education community (stay tuned!).

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Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?


New and traditional publishers are trying to offer alternatives such as open educational resources (OER), or freely downloadable and adaptable learning materials. But some providers of OER still ask for fees in return, and that has advocates concerned. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free. In 2017, Top Hat nabbed $7.5

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The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Iterating Toward Openness

2017). Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. Second, OER provide hitherto unknown pedagogical freedom for faculty.

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


Curating OER. It often refers to the gathering and contextualizing of OER to replace expensive traditional texts and to include them in learning management systems. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. OER Portals Pearltrees. OER and You: The Curation Mandate.”

Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

For over two years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel from coast to coast speaking and working alongside thousands of school leaders and hundreds of school district teams.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

A big shout out to EdTech Magazine for recognizing this blog on its 2017 Honor Roll. That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to frame the cost-savings argument around open textbooks to build broader interest for OERs. ” For reasons I have outlined countless times (relating to the pedagogical innovation only possible in the context of permission to engage in the 5R activities), I believe OER adoption is a critically important means to achieving this end. I fear it is OER wanting it both ways.

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Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). helps smooth out the variability in how OER is selected for curation.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tagged on: March 12, 2017 WikiLeaks CIA cache: Fool me once | Engadget → "It should make you uncomfortable - and angry - as hell that the CIA can use your smart toaster to spy on you. Tagged on: March 10, 2017 State reaches $3.5

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Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

There was a lot of discussion at OpenEd17 about the relationship between OER and value-added services like platforms. Lumen provides for-fee, value-added hosting, integration, assessment, messaging, and other services around openly licensed content.

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G is for Grounded in Standards: The ABC’s of PBL … Building Blocks, Elements, & Compounds of Deeper Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

G is for Grounded in Assessment: The ABC’s of PBL … Building Blocks, Elements, & Compounds of Deeper Learning by Michael Gorman at [link]. The standards and skills are constantly assessed in a variety of ways involving numerous stake holders. Formative and Summative Assessment.

District Tech Leaders’ Purchasing Influence Slowly Grows

Marketplace K-12

District IT leaders' involvement in purchasing digital content for core curriculum, formative assessment and other areas is rising, and an overwhelming majority see "open" content as part of the instructional mix, a COSN survey shows. Marketplace K-12 COSN Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Open Educational Resources (OER) print

Open Educational Resources haven’t upended the way that K-12 schools get course materials – yet

The Hechinger Report

Digital OER are free. In K-12 schools, however, where open educational resources have been hailed as an opportunity to democratize high-quality curriculum and break the publishing oligopoly, OER has had a slower uptake.

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Another Response to Stephen

Iterating Toward Openness

Both of these products wrap significant additional functionality around OER. It wraps pre-assessments, in situ formative assessments, and summative assessments around OER. Like Waymaker, OHM wraps these and other features around OER. Courses offered in Waymaker and OHM have public-facing “master” versions where all the OER are freely and publicly available, openly licensed, with detailed attributions.

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Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History


Using OER is hard. Over sandwiches and iced tea, we talked about the challenges of OER. Working across so many disparate texts, it would be nearly impossible for a teacher to create anything like this when using OER. Tools like TextGenome create new opportunities for OER to resemble more traditional textbooks without placing more demands on the teacher. Yet, the goal across BHP’s activities and assessment is consistency.

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The Cost Trap, Part 3

Iterating Toward Openness

In my recent post I asked us each to consider what “what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?” Ismael tweeted: My own take: these are two complementary approaches to #OER that should enrich each other, not exclude (or even blame) each other. As someone concerned with equality, I like #OER as a way to make teaching cheaper. As an educator, I like #OER as a tool for transforming learning. — Ismael Peña-López (@ictlogist) November 16, 2017.

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The Game-Changing Potential of Learning Management Systems

Leadership Lounge

So far I’ve written about one-to-one computer programs and Open Educational Resources (OER). • Assessments. In recent blog posts, I’ve been focusing on educational technology initiatives that I consider game changers for K-12 schools.

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With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More


Instructors can use this data to assess what additional supports students may need on their way to fully understanding each lesson. We hoped this tool would help us meet one of our learning goals to enhance the learning environment by increased use of innovative teaching techniques, interactive technologies, and assessment data. We also replaced the $150 textbook we were using with open education resources (OER).

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian


Desired outcome (explore, apply, assess)? #2: They can also incorporate such content-rich resources as library databases, ebooks, videos, and the growing array of available OERs. The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

“They want to overhaul the entire chain of culture production,” former New Republic editor Franklin Foer cautions in his 2017 book World Without Mind:The Existential Threat of Big Tech. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

How to Become the Netflix of Textbooks—and Make a Digital-First Transformation


Open Educational Resources (OER): Lumen Learning’s David Wiley recently predicted that OER will eradicate textbooks in community colleges by 2024, forcing companies to redefine “affordable” with new products, such as MindTap ACE from Cengage. Content, assessment, and multimedia must all be carefully composed and have a specific learning design purpose. Disruptive forces in academic publishing have turned traditional models on their heads.

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Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say


In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?


In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success.

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