SETDA publishes OER case studies from 3 states

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Online case studies highlight OER implementation in schools. SETDA has published a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. The online resource, OER in Action: Implementation Highlights , examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.

“ZTC Thinking” and the Hybrid OER Sustainability Model

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In the first installment on Monday, I explained how a fundamental failure to understand copyright makes the definition of OER in the new UNESCO recommendation nonsensical. The search for a model that will reliably sustain OER initiatives over the long-term has been underway for over 20 years.

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Navigating the Shift to OER

In addition, Dr. Michael Nelson, Director of Curriculum and Assessments for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools (ID), explained in the presentation, “ Navigating the Digital Shift: Leveraging Quality Instructional Materials for Learning,” how his schools are shifting to an OER (open educational resources) environment as part of their overall plan to improve individual student achievement. – Vetted OER materials: For every subject, K-12 teachers have a stockbook of vetted OER lessons.

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Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER

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Now, to be fair, according to the case study the average test scores in the class using the product improved by 14%. The questions themselves that are asked and answered in the case studies are quite reasonable. However, the size of the groups studied are quite small (ns ranging from the 30s to the 90s) and, unless I missed it, no statistical test more sophisticated than a t-test is ever conducted. That’s a fight I know OER can win.

A new framework to guide OER curation


And what does it look like when the librarian, armed with a rich OER toolkit, regularly curates urgently needed, high-quality, flexible, no- or low-cost digital tools and content across the curriculum, expertly modeling that practice for the entire learning community? Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the advisory board of the IMLS study, Exploring OER Curation And The Role of School Librarians. Support OER Learning Opportunities.

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Can OER improve learning outcomes?

IT Bill

The June issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) is dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER). Several of the studies focus specifically on OER and student learning outcomes. For the semester using OER, Chiorescu estimates students collectively saved over $13,500 – spending approximately 75% less than students using the commercial text and software.

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Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

Given the rise of OER (of which I am a fan ), an increasing array of business models, questions about the degree of alignment to state standards and assessments, claims of effectiveness, and interoperability concerns, the instructional materials procurement decisions facing school districts have never been more complicated. When a book fell apart (a classic case of planned obsolescence), the district didn’t purchase the right to photocopy another student’s book to replace it.

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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Open Ed. Resources Promoted by State Policy Group

Marketplace K-12

A new portal created by the Council of Chief State School Officers provides case studies and resources on OER for state and local education officials. Ed-tech Innovation Online Learning Open Education

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Showing #OpenGratitude for: Open Textbook Network

Iterating Toward Openness

They estimate that OER adoptions on their 600 member campuses have saved students over $8.5 45% of faculty who attend one of these workshops adopt OER for their course. Their Adaptable OER Publishing Agreement is a model agreement for institutions that want to contract with their faculty to create OER. This is another post in my series of posts showing gratitude and appreciation for members of the open education community.

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From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

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The most recent issue of IRRODL included an article titled Effectiveness of OER Use in First-Year Higher Education Students’ Mathematical Course Performance: A Case Study , by Juan I. Quoting from the article: The main aims of this research were to examine the effect of OER use among higher education students and to analyze teacher and student views on OER use in order to better understand how these resources are used and valued.

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League Districts Take on Major Challenges Together

Digital Promise

Digital Promise has launched five Challenge Collaboratives centered on Challenge Map topics: Real World Learning, Assessment Data Interoperability, Computational Thinking Pathways, OER Deeper Learning for NGSS, and Computational Thinking for NGSS. Members of the League also began work at the fall meeting on “innovation portfolios,” multimedia-rich case studies that will surface innovative practices and launch in spring 2019.

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School of Open: Copyright & Creative Commons for Educators Courses Now Open for Sign-Up

Educator Innovator

It will also introduce Open Educational Resources (OER) and teach you how to find and adapt free, useful resources for your classes. The course is open to all educators around the world, but it is specifically targeted to Australian teachers, teacher-librarians from K-12, TAFE teachers, University lecturers/tutors, and University students studying to become teachers. Creative Commons Educator Innovator Blog course creative commons fair use OER p2pU school of open

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. Today, the Clayton Christensen Institute published a case study that describes how Leadership Public Schools , a charter school management organization that operates three high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, used technology to rethink how teachers’ delivered instruction in math intervention courses.

Adult Learners Need Their Own EdTech Tools, Ed Department Report Finds


Case Studies The Power in Numbers final report highlights studies of two institutions that have used edtech interventions to improve outcomes for students—the University System of Georgia and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina. Although the studies didn’t focus on adult learners or math education in particular, Luminary Labs researchers believe the results should be relevant to that population and subject.

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The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret


After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. case studies and articles I had purchased over the years). A study at the University of Minnesota, found students were more likely to pay for resources available at the library if the professor went first to the permission center instead of the library to select the textbook for the class. Engage faculty members in the learning process of “what is OER?”

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Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

But with the rise of OER, growing use of supplemental resources over core textbooks, and the increasing flexibility of state funding, more purchasing decisions have moved to the school and district level. In addition, there is a separate section on vetting OER. A change in policy to allow recommended programs to include OER. Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era.

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What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like


The Global Medieval Sourcebook at Stanford University is bringing an expansive, OER mentality to the medieval canon, making reliable texts available for classroom use. Kirschenbaum , a professor of English at the University of Maryland at College Park and director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies program there. In 2008, ODH awarded him just under $12,000 to study approaches to managing and collecting born-digital materials.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

DeLeón, Education Programs Professional at the Nevada Department of Education, and Alison Harte, Instructional Materials Specialist for the Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support in the Florida Department of Education, presented case studies on how their states are changing the conversation to digital first. School leaders must sit back and wait for a decision, and materials are approved on case-by-case basis.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

Included in the new report and accompanying website are case studies of success stories. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

After finding a review they want to consider, educators can then focus in on the evaluation, comments, and recommendation regarding the educational material, and in many cases compare that review to a different state’s review of the same resource. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

Dr. Rocco was awarded the K-12 Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018; the 2018 Leadership Award from the Consortium for Public Education; and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Tri-State Study Council and the University of Pittsburgh. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

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Associate Professor of Biology A Case Study in Science and Engineering Job Shadowing in High School - Ann Gaudino, Ed.D. The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference ( , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas! We have an absolutely terrific lineup of keynote speakers.


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