OER: How to Find, Use and Share Free Teaching Tools and Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to save time? Open education resources (OERs) can help busy teachers everywhere! Do you know how to find them? Today’s guest, Sue Jones, has created a helpful guide to OERs and is using them in her highered classroom. Want to save time?

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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. So how can we recognize the pearls, and avoid the sharks? With a typical search engine, it’s easy to find a long list of resources for any topic we can think of.

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How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to see students excited? Want to see them run to class? The fifth graders had an optional meeting at 7 am where they could come to school to meet the other kids half a world away. Kids came early to school so they could meet other kids!

How to Utilize Survey & Polling Tools with Web 2.0 OER!


OER the user''s manual to everything web 2.0.!!! Many people contact me to write a review of their site, and I love to help out. asked for me to check his site out, I was overwhelmed with the potential of this amazing tool. Dr Mohamed Amin guide to web 2.0

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Getting to Know Knovation – Curated, Contextualized, Managed OER for K-12


Knovation Makes Open Educational Resources More Manageable and More Efficient Many schools are looking to lower costs by transitioning away from text books to Open Education Resources. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

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Enhancing OER to Improve Learning

iterating toward openness

One of the defining features of open educational resources is permission to engage in revise and remix activities with regard to OER.

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent.

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The Real Threat of OER

iterating toward openness

There is much to respond to in a comment left by David Anderson (Executive Director for Higher Education at the Association of American Publishers) on Nicole Allen’s recent HuffPo article College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For , but I’ll focus on one claim.

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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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Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

iterating toward openness

The benefits of adding them were immediate and obvious – the very first month they were on the roof our electric bill dropped to $9 (the fee required to stay connected to the grid) and we generated more power than we used, pushing the excess back out to the grid.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is. Would these arguments actually inspire someone to want to use the internet? What would you add to this list?

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Everything Old is New Again: Textbooks, The Printing Press, The Internet, and OER

iterating toward openness

There’s much to learn from history. Sadly, as Audrey Watters has frequently noted, it might be impossible to find a field of endeavor outside educational technology where more of the participants are so utterly ignorant of its history. (I With the blanks to be filled in?”

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OER, Capability, and Opportunity

iterating toward openness

Stephen makes a great point in today’s OLDaily that I want to amplify and expand briefly here. Many of us believe that education is an incredibly powerful tool in the fight to increase equity, and this is a primary motivation for our participation in the open education movement. That is, by creating, sharing, and improving OER. Providing people with access to opportunity does not magically make them capable of taking advantage of that opportunity.

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Football, Commons, and the Long-term Sustainability of OER

iterating toward openness

While these games share a common name, they are wildly different beyond some superficial similarities (they are all games played by teams of players who, to a greater or lesser degree, kick a ball in order to score points). Many people are in the habit of referring to OER as a commons.

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Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

iterating toward openness

The tl;dr: Supporting effective OER adoption at scale has its problems. Sometimes it makes sense to deploy these solutions yourself; sometimes it makes more sense to work with a partner. This, of course, turned out to be a complete nightmare. Power to these people!

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students?

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Today's Newsletter: Where to Find & Curate OER Resources


Guest post by Steve Baule, Educational Leadership Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Superior: As the school year begins, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of Open Education Resources (OER). MERLOT is a search engine for finding curated OER resources.

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Free Textbooks Are Not Always Free: New Study Analyzes OER’s Costs to Colleges


When professors shift to assigning Open Educational Resources instead of publisher-produced textbooks, the move typically saves students money (and it can be a significant amount). But OER is not free, since it costs money to develop the materials, takes time for professors to evaluate and adopt them, and typically involves other campus-support services as well. Across the participating schools, the bulk of the money went to developing the course materials.

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5 ways to get started with OER

eSchool News

If you are late to the #GoOpen party, it is the commitment to expand and accelerate the use of openly licensed educational resources in schools across the country. And, beyond the chatter and hype of #GoOpen’s launch, there is still lots of work to be done.

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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. But it never seemed to gain broader adoption beyond that group of pioneers. For example, both the City and State University of New York systems are investing millions in OER.

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#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed


Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? That was the question at the heart of our #DLNchat on January 9, which centered around OER in Higher Education. Our special guest, Lisa Petrides, creator of OER Commons, kicked things off by defining the topic at hand: “OER are teaching & learning materials freely available for anyone to use. Chatters agreed OER should be available for adaptation and redistribution.

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[Guest Post] OER 101: Building the Future of Education Beyond Brick-and-Mortar

Education Elements

The point is: Education is evolving and changing as it responds to the needs of students and the opportunities around us. With virtual schools, classes, and learning opportunities gaining popularity, it’s important to stay up to date on how to help these virtual educational experiences continue to be engaging and effective. Instead, we need high-quality, current resources to keep students interested, informed, and engaged. Enter: OER.

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


Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students and spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content, according to Education Week. 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. But while many benefits of OER are visible on the surface, we must notice the fine print.

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The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle

iterating toward openness

By definition, open educational resources (OER) are licensed in a manner that gives you permission to change, update, and improve them. However, that permission gives you no insight into what needs to be improved. Learning analytics, on the other hand, can provide great insight into where course materials – including OER – are not effectively supporting student learning. Academic papers are often fun to read but often not immediately useful.

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The Best E-Book Yet: 40Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools


Dr. Amin has created some great guides to using Web 2.0 technology and I''ve received a lot of positive feedback on how these tools have helped many in the classroom. Today I am happy to very happy to present his landmark new piece, 40 Must-know Web 2.0 how to web 2.0

As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players


Textbook publishers typically deploy sales reps to campuses to convince professors to adopt their titles. But who makes the pitch for free or low-cost alternatives to textbooks known as OER, or open educational resources? One project she led this year involved creating a series of videos promoting “Textbook Heroes,”professors who have replaced commercial textbooks in their courses with OER.

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Discover Open Educational Resources With Our New ‘3 Minute Teaching With Tech’ Tutorial


The Newest Entry in Popular Video Tutorial Series Focuses on Getting to Know OER I love the idea of Open Educational Resources. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. 3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip (Video Tutorials) Free Tools & Resources Open Educational Resources OER easy to use open educational resources how to can i find open educational resources where can i find open educational resources

How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

This gap between the need and available educational services has prompted calls for innovative ways to improve access to quality educational resources. We at Designers for Learning responded to this call by inviting instructional designers, developers, and adult educators to join a crowdsourcing effort to develop free open educational resources (OER) for adults with low math and literacy skills. We developed a Design Guide for students to follow.

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. But from time to time I still step back and worry about field-level issues. In this vision of the world, OER replace traditionally copyrighted, expensive textbooks for all primary, secondary, and post-secondary courses. Now, make no mistake – OER is a means, not an end. My end goal isn’t to increase OER adoption.

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Considering OER? Here’s what you need to know

eSchool News

Open educational resources (OER) are becoming more widespread in classrooms, but many educators and administrators aren’t sure how to make the leap from talking about them to actually using them. OER are teaching and learning resources that are free to use and share.

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OER Pioneer David Wiley Predicts All Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024


It’s popular to predict the death of the textbook—and these days even textbook providers seem eager to move away from their age-old publishing model. David Wiley, a pioneer of open education resources who co-founded Lumen Learning , a for-profit company that supports OER efforts, sees one place where textbooks could actually be vanquished by openly licensed alternatives: community colleges. At that time, the university had no idea what to do with this person.

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5 ways to expand federal educational OER

eSchool News

In a letter sent earlier this month, a group of ed-tech stakeholders urged the Obama administration to make federally-funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). Next page: Five core principles for OER policies.

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Beyond Free Materials: OER Advocates Push For Inclusiveness in Teaching Practices


Jess Mitchell, senior manager of research and design at the Inclusive Design Research Centre , posed the question on Wednesday to a group of around 850 educators, librarians and other open-access enthusiasts at Lumen Learning’s OpenEd conference in Niagara Falls, NY. Even as movements like open access gain momentum and increase access to learning materials for more students, Mitchell said, “the so-called playing field is not equal.” What is your tolerance for failure in education?

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How to Boost Classroom Engagement With the Tech Tool That 'Always Works'


But at the K-8 River Grove School outside Chicago, the distance between the teacher’s desk and the projection screen in some rooms is so vast that one frustrated teacher tried to bridge the divide by buying a 50-foot HDMI cable. the distance between the teacher’s desk and the projection screen in some rooms is so vast that one frustrated teacher tried to bridge the divide by buying a 50-foot HDMI cable. EdSurge: How has Vivi affected teacher mobility? Heading to ISTE?

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In Search of OER’s Future and Edtech’s Missing Evidence at SXSW EDU


Looking at those two girls making out in the doorway again, I thought, why can’t I be as confident as they clearly are,” Tim Manley, a former New York City high school teacher, said in an opening keynote session, to lots of laughs, as he recounted his humbling, trying first-year teaching experience. Panelists started by drawing attention to Austin Community College, where students are advised to budget at least $1,200—about a third of tuition costs—for textbooks.

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