EVALUATING OER QUALITY – A CLOSER LOOK
Open Education Conference 2013

Barbara Soots
Digital Learning Department
Office of...
POTENTIAL ROADBLOCKS

Finding target resources
Access and security issues
District policies that don’t recognize OER as an...
WASHINGTON K-12 OPEN EDUCATIONAL
RESOURCES PROJECT

“The legislature finds the state's
recent adoption of Common
Core K-12...
WHY REVIEW OER?
Help educators select
high quality materials
Provide information for
materials adoptions
Identify gaps in
...
WHAT OER TO REVIEW?

Unlimited access and redistribution
Permission to adapt
Defined content area and grade band scope
OVERVIEW OF RESOURCES
HOW TO EVALUATE QUALITY?
CCSS Worksheet
Publishers’ Criteria

EQuIP Rubrics
Achieve OER Rubrics
Reviewers Comments
EVALUATION TIMEFRAME

Math: 5-9 hours per curriculum
Each reviewer assigned 3-4 math courses
ELA: 3-5 hours per unit
Each ...
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS:
Big Shifts in Math
Focus strongly where the standards focus
Coherence: Think across grades an...
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS:
Big Shifts in ELA
Building content knowledge through content-rich
nonfiction
Reading, writing...
OER REVIEW REPORT
“CCSS aligned OER are emerging
platforms for mathematics curricula.
They show significant promise as a
v...
NEXT STEPS
Grant program for
adaptation and/or
implementation of
reviewed material
Request for Proposals

New OER review c...
CONSIDERATIONS FOR WIDE-SCALE
SHARING OF RESOURCES
Share metadata about quality resources
Learning Registry
Establish comm...
RESOURCES
WA OER Review results and library of materials:
http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer/library/

Full report from ...
CONTACT INFORMATION

OSPI OER Website: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer
Twitter: waOSPI_OER
Email: barbara.soots@k12.w...
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The Washington state legislature found that the recent adoption of Common Core standards provided an opportunity for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to identify a library of current, high-quality, openly licensed courseware that could be accessed by K-12 school districts statewide.

The question of quality is one of the overriding issues in the OER field. To address that issue, Washington state has developed a process for evaluating Common Core-aligned OER materials. In April 2013, groups of math and ELA educators convened to review OER materials in Algebra 1 and select ELA units. Results of this review as well as all the review tools are available to share as districts consider utilizing open resources. This session will cover the rubrics, process, and outcomes used in the evaluation process.

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Evaluating OER Quality - Open Education Conference 2013

  1. 1. EVALUATING OER QUALITY – A CLOSER LOOK Open Education Conference 2013 Barbara Soots Digital Learning Department Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction barbara.soots@k12.wa.us OSPI OER PROJECT
  2. 2. POTENTIAL ROADBLOCKS Finding target resources Access and security issues District policies that don’t recognize OER as an option Evaluating quality and alignment CC BY Rhino Roadblock by Chris Ingrassia http://www.flickr.com/photos/andryone/445139454/in/photostream/
  3. 3. WASHINGTON K-12 OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES PROJECT “The legislature finds the state's recent adoption of Common Core K-12 standards provides an opportunity to develop a library of high-quality, openly licensed K-12 courseware that is aligned with these standards.” CC BY NC Washington State Capitol – Olympia by MathTeacherGuy http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathteacherguy/
  4. 4. WHY REVIEW OER? Help educators select high quality materials Provide information for materials adoptions Identify gaps in Common Core alignment digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer
  5. 5. WHAT OER TO REVIEW? Unlimited access and redistribution Permission to adapt Defined content area and grade band scope
  6. 6. OVERVIEW OF RESOURCES
  7. 7. HOW TO EVALUATE QUALITY? CCSS Worksheet Publishers’ Criteria EQuIP Rubrics Achieve OER Rubrics Reviewers Comments
  8. 8. EVALUATION TIMEFRAME Math: 5-9 hours per curriculum Each reviewer assigned 3-4 math courses ELA: 3-5 hours per unit Each reviewer assigned 8 units 30-40 hours total effort CC BY hourglass by gingertammycat http://www.flickr.com/photos/99027078@N00/
  9. 9. COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: Big Shifts in Math Focus strongly where the standards focus Coherence: Think across grades and link to major topics within grades Rigor: In major topics, pursue with equal intensity: conceptual understanding, procedural skill, and application
  10. 10. COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: Big Shifts in ELA Building content knowledge through content-rich nonfiction Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
  11. 11. OER REVIEW REPORT “CCSS aligned OER are emerging platforms for mathematics curricula. They show significant promise as a viable selection in the future but are still evolving and not yet mature.” “Educators can reliably consider many of the OER ELA units that were reviewed for use in their classroom and be confident that the units can be reasonably adapted to meet the CCSS…” https://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer/review/2013/report/OSPI_OER_Report_2013.pdf
  12. 12. NEXT STEPS Grant program for adaptation and/or implementation of reviewed material Request for Proposals New OER review cycle Geometry/Integrated Math 2 9th-10th grade ELA units
  13. 13. CONSIDERATIONS FOR WIDE-SCALE SHARING OF RESOURCES Share metadata about quality resources Learning Registry Establish commonalities in defining quality Achieve Student Achievement Partners Work towards giving educators a deeper understanding of who owns copyright and encourage open licensing
  14. 14. RESOURCES WA OER Review results and library of materials: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer/library/ Full report from 2013 review: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer/review/2013/report/summary.php OER Communication Toolkit: https://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer/resources.php EQuIP: http://www.achieve.org/EQuIP Achieve OER: http://achieve.org/oer-rubrics Student Achievement Partners Achieve the Core: http://www.achievethecore.org/ CCSS Publisher’s Criteria: http://www.corestandards.org/resources Washington law re: OER: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=28A.300.803 Achieve OER Policy Brief: http://www.achieve.org/files/OERInstitutePolicyBriefFINAL1.pdf
  15. 15. CONTACT INFORMATION OSPI OER Website: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer Twitter: waOSPI_OER Email: barbara.soots@k12.wa.us
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