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.

Navigating the Shift to OER

Keys to the OER shift: – Community buy-in: The community wasn’t satisfied with the achievement levels and graduation rates. – Vetted OER materials: For every subject, K-12 teachers have a stockbook of vetted OER lessons.

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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?

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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. That’s a fight I know OER can win.

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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OER and you. The curation mandate


At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. But it was clear to our little group, that to the larger majority of the participants, we were not even on the OER radar. Some OER background: Launched in October, GoOpen is a U.S.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Showing #OpenGratitude for: Open Textbook Network

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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.

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Of Progress, Problems, and Partnerships

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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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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.

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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. It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies.

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

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?”

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.

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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.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

Included in the new report and accompanying website are case studies of success stories. If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day.

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.

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

School leaders must sit back and wait for a decision, and materials are approved on case-by-case basis.

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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.

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.

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