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. With a wide array of OER materials at our fingertips, the trick now is not so much in finding OER, but on identifying high quality OER that can be used and transformed for our classroom needs. These credible sites offer a wealth of vetted, high quality OER resources, categorized and sorted for easy navigation.

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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

In describing her coining of the phrase “open source software” in 1998, Christine Peterson wrote : The introduction of the term “open source software” was a deliberate effort to make this field of endeavor more understandable to newcomers and to business, which was viewed as necessary to its spread to a broader community of users. Christine and others who advocated for the new phrase “open source software” were prescient in doing so. Preface.


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Reducing Friction and Expanding Participation in the Continuous Improvement of OER

Iterating Toward Openness

I’m going to write a post or three about some of the friction that exists around using OER. I’ve been writing about continuous improvement in the context of OER for a few years now. A Framework for the Continuous Improvement of OER.

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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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Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use. Suggestions for extensions/apps to be preloaded on Chromebooks Edmodo Google Keep - notes and lists Evernote Web Adblock Plus Evernote Web Clipper WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker GeoGebra math app Read&Write - reading support EasyBib Desmos Graphing Calculator A to Z of Google Services https://docs.google.com/viewer?srcid=0B6dF7rWxc-5aMGMyanRsMW5DbzQ&pid=explorer&efh=false&a=v&chrome=false&embedded=true

Collections by Destiny


It is quite possible that your catalog is the most expensive piece of software in your building. You can search for Open Educational Resources (OER) within Destiny Discover and immediately add them to your collections. You may share your collections within your own school and beyond, even to non-Destiny users, simply by sharing links or posting to Google Classroom. curation Follett OER open source technology

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education


” Leading the shift is Google, which has made huge inroads into K-12 with its web-based Chromebook devices and popular G Suite productivity tools. Recently, though, Amplify tweaked its software. Schools’ embrace of free open educational resources, or OER, (which educators may use, adapt, and share as they see fit) has many potential benefits. ” Now, though, CAST, through its Center on Inclusive Software for Learning, has a five-year grant from the U.S.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?


For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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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. One of LPS’s lead math teachers, Mike Fauteux, wanted to improve student engagement and address his students’ individual learning gaps, so he began experimenting with new instructional practices that used Google Sheets and OER to provide students with self-guided learning experiences.

Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

Iterating Toward Openness

Andrew Rickard has written a thoughtful essay on OER, open pedagogy, and commercial interests. Decision rules that preclude commercial interests from being involved in OER will ensure that no company ever profits from OER created by volunteers and nonprofits, but will also ensure that no company ever contributes, improves, or provides support for OER. Think about our older sibling, the open source software movement.

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Reflections on Open Education and the Path Forward

Iterating Toward Openness

The recently published OER strategy document , as informative as it is, reads more like a list of issues and opportunities than what Michael Feldstein describes as “ rungs on a ladder of ambition.” The internet’s early designers were not trying to facilitate the creation of a Google, Facebook, Amazon, WordPress, Wikipedia, or OpenCourseWare. How do we create a substantial record of successful OER adoption?

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

The open source software side of the open house has absolutely no issue with commercial entities using or contributing to open source software. ”, you declare, “the overwhelming majority of OER in the world are licensed in ways that permit commercial use, so what’s the problem?” Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub.

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Four game changers

Learning with 'e's

To help achieve this vision, Mackintosh is setting up the OER University and is evangelistic in his elucidation of this concept. Mackintosh believes that 'no learner should be denied access to an education because learning material is locked away behind copyright or because people may not have the resources to pay for licensed software'. The Wolfram Alpha answer engine is a distinct departure from search engines such as Google or Bing. OER computer games social media OLPC

Another Response to Stephen

Iterating Toward Openness

A quick search via Google shows that Stephen Downes is mentioned over 500 times on the pages of 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. No one is ever denied access to the OER in Lumen courses for any reason.

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. It is a software application that helps you create, track, and report training programme or educational courses anywhere using any device. Wearable gadgets such as Google Glass and Apple watch is the new trend that has innovated the e-learning industry in the last ten years. Open Education Resources (OER).

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The 2018 ‘Horizon Report’ Is Late. But It Almost Never Emerged.


And the group will continue to use the software developed by NMC to coordinate the research, which was among the assets purchased by Educause. Open educational resources (OER) have been included as key trends since 2013, for example. With OER, the report notes, “initial advances in the authoring platform or curation method of open resources is now overshadowed by campuswide OER initiatives and sophisticated publishing options that blend adaptive elements into an OER text.”

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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom


Business and technology have become truly complementary: Forbes gives the example of engine manufacturers relying on software to push forward production. There are a wide variety of resources available including Youtube for Schools and Google for Education. OER Commons provides a database of free learning materials commonly used by teachers nationwide. Inspired By Gary Spracklen of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), United Kingdom.

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Over 40 STEAM Resources… Creative Thinking, STEM, and PBL at FETC 2020

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

He attributes this theory to the role Asia now plays in the global economy with automation being software driven, and abundance of material in the market place. One example used was Google’s idea to allow its employees 20% percent job time for self direction. Image Creative Commons.

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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). classrooms: Edmodo and Google Classroom — part of Google’s G Suite for Education. However, districts that employ an LMS will often work to integrate it with their SIS and other district-supported software and apps. 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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Districts move to single sign-on solution

eSchool News

SchoolMessenger Passport allows districts to provide teachers, staff, parents and students with quick and secure access to online learning applications, open educational resources (OER), and a variety of school management and administration software programs using a single sign-on. Schools extend access to multiple web resources with a single sign-on system using one user ID and password.

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Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

This means that you can write your own textbooks, share them, or use them as you would any other OER or open education resource. And we’ll pull up Google; you know, anyone can help. Episode 114 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Po-Shen Loh @ poshenloh , National Math Coach and Carnegie Mellon Professor gives us a refreshing take on teaching math.

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal


Black-box software, as OER pioneer and Lumen Learning’s Chief Academic Officer, David Wiley writes, “reduce all the richness and complexity of deciding what a learner should be doing to—sometimes literally— a ‘Next’ button.”. Let’s, for instance, take how companies like Google and Facebook “personalize” a user’s web browsing experience through search results, ads and content—and then apply that to instructional experiences.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

For example, a student could be assigned a slide on a Class Google Slide show to share some work while other students and the teacher provide critique. Could this instead be done in a Zoom Room with a shared Google Document?

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“Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter

Iterating Toward Openness

In many contexts – like open content, open educational resources, open source software, open access, and open data – “open” means “free plus permissions.” Just for fun, look at Google’s definition of open. Be sure to click the down arrow at the bottom of the box to get all the juicy details – Google presents 15 major definitions of the term, none of which cover the specific context our current conversation imagines.). The tl;dr.

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

Absent checks on real and potential biases, errors and omissions, students’ future educational prospects are being shaped by software. For example, many of the nation’s largest school systems use Google’s free suite of education tools, which allows teachers to develop their lessons, create assignments and administer assessments online. . When technology is offered to schools free of charge, it always comes with the promise of improving teaching and learning.

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Simple Tips for Vendors When Reviewing Terms

Graphite Blog

This post focuses on privacy, but the general lesson - that bad markup gets in the way of good content - holds true in both the OER and the privacy space. Google your privacy policy and terms of service. To people working on the web or in software development, these checks probably sound rudimentary - and they are. Sites where Google couldn't pick up the text of the policy and was only able to index the script that is supposed to load it.

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Open Source and OER ? Alice Keeler : Interview Amany Kheriba : OER: A way out through pandemics and beyond Amna Manzoor : Veni, vidi and vici: Ingenious, Making the Most Out of the Pandemic! Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning officially started last week. We have several sessions each day, with (lots) more coming ( and that could include you! ). A current list is below.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

If you look for a definition of “platform” online, you’re likely to get something along the lines of Wikipedia’s – fairly straightforward, although quite technical: A computing platform is the environment in which a piece of software is executed. It may be the hardware or the operating system (OS), even a web browser or other underlying software, as long as the program code is executed in it. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

We Are Rockstar Educators

Improving Education Environments

Education is viewed by many as a delivery service, which is why people say the system needs to change because we can now Google everything. OER may be in a constant negotiation with paywalls and closed access (not to mention something of a philosophical crisis), but adoption of Openness in education is making significant strides in political and user adoption.


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Hack Education

” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Faces Internal Backlash Over Handling of Sexual Harassment.” ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Employees Stage Worldwide Walkout.” ” Speaking of ethics, “ Google offers money to universities to use artificial intelligence to scale up research,” The Washington Post reports. Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.”

Looking backward and forward

Kathy Schrock

VIRTUAL REALITY Virtual reality hit the educational community in 2016 with the release of the low-cost 360° cameras (like the Ricoh Theta series) and the prominent use of Google Cardboard headsets for classroom use. Discovery VR , Google Expeditions ( iOS | Android ), and ThingLink VR are some of the large-scale projects in this area specifically targeted for education.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. VR headsets (well, it’s really just a mask that holds your Google phone up to your face). Google has also rebranded Google Apps for Education as G Suite for Education. Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” ” And his partner Michael Feldstein : “ Student-Centered Educational Software.”


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Via The New York Times : “How Google Protected Andy Rubin , the ‘Father of Android ’ ” “Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way out.

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

Doug Levin

But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." Tagged on: March 9, 2017 Move Fast and Break Trust | Slate → Google’s alternative facts and Uber’s self-driving accidents are symptoms of a deeper problem that is only going to get worse: we are beta-testing the future - with increasingly serious consequences.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.