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

Wisewire

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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Some Very Bad News about the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

I recently wrote a brief essay about the wonderful new UNESCO OER Recommendation. For those of you who don’t want to read the full analysis below, here’s the key takeaway: Imagine what would happen if making copies of OER was illegal. Under the definition of OER now adopted unanimously by UNESCO member states, it can be. Let’s pause and reflect on why it matters how UNESCO defines OER in its Recommendation. The tl;dr.

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

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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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How an OER Rookie Dove Deep Into a Zero-Cost Textbook Degree Program

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The initiative intends to create degree pathways with courses that only use open educational resources, known as OER, so students don’t have to spend money on class materials. College of the Canyons’ history with OER starts before Anagnonson’s dabble, however. Using OER in those courses, she added, “really started out of necessity.” Anagnoson says she considered using OER before her course was lumped into the Z-degree.

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Underappreciated No More: A Free Edtech Platform Shines as Schools Go Remote

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As countless educators around the world have scrambled to figure out how to deliver lessons remotely with whisker-thin budgets, many turned to open education resources (OER). CK-12 is at the forefront of OER by doing adaptive and personalized learning.

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Ask the experts: Crowdsourced solutions to 4 problems of blended-learning practice

The Christensen Institute

Establish time guidelines to measure the effectiveness of a new approach. Curating open educational resources (OER). How do we encourage and support educators to curate OER, since the biggest deterrent for educators using OER is often the issue of curation? Other issues hindering widespread adoption include both the tech platforms needed for OER, and incentives to use and improve (incentives differ from classrooms to districts to states) OER.

The CARE Framework

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As the title of the document makes explicit, the framework aims to contribute to the conversation about the sustainability of OER: “Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship” It’s a valuable contribution to that conversation. Issues of sustainability are absolutely critical to the future of OER and education more broadly, and we spend far too little time talking about them. OER, on the other hand, are non-rivalrous resources.

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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.” Many faculty were hesitant to adopt OER because they didn’t believe “free stuff on the internet” could support learning as effectively as commercial materials. How do we create a substantial record of successful OER adoption?

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

So with these guidelines in mind, I’ve chosen six areas where edtech has made an impact this decade: Learning Management Systems. OER and open books. Two that shine are OER/open books and learning analytics. OER and open books also help keep course materials more affordable for students. This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

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

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This includes providing guidelines for how to advantageously conduct research on the web ; students have to evaluate search results and sort for reliability, validity, and relevance. 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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On building learning playlists

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Student choice : Within the realm of some project guidelines, engage learners in collaboratively discovering and suggesting background readings. OER and you: The curation mandate. OER: Issues, Possibilities and the Promise of Curation (with Brenda Boyer). We create them on Spotify and YouTube and iTunes. Before music went digital, some of us made CD or cassette mixtapes and shared them as gifts.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond. For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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Similarly, 28 states have policies and guidelines for external connections; 23 have them for internal wireless connections. 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.

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Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” ” Edsurge points to new guidelines for education companies participating in Y Combinator ’s startup accelerator program. Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough. Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.”

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The Department of Education has released its newly proposed guidelines for school accountability. This week: “ OpenStax Partners with panOpen to Expand OER Access.” Education Politics. Officials from 11 states are suing the Obama Administration over the guidance it recently issued regarding transgender bathroom policies and civil rights law. The states: Alabama , Georgia , Louisiana , Oklahoma , Tennessee , Texas , Utah , West Virginia , Maine , Wisconsin , and Arizona.

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The NAACP endorses OER. Inside Higher Ed reports that “ Fannie Mae , the largest backer of mortgage credit in the country, has issued new guidelines allowing home owners to refinance their mortgage s to pay off their student loan debt. Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” “ What does Trump’s executive order on education do?