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Two new reports from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) were released in June 2013. The first report - Open Educational Resources and Collaborative Content Development: A Practical Guide for State and School Leaders - provides educational leaders with a guide describing the benefits of OER, a framework for planning, and strategies for successful collaborative content development across political and building boundaries.
The second report - OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing and - helps policymakers promote collaboration and deeper learning with open educational resources (OER). The report demonstrates how policymakers are helping teachers to build resources, share educational materials and personalize instruction by permitting publicly funded learning materials to be shared openly as OER. Among the report's collected policy recommendations, three key principles are apparent for effective sharing of learning materials:
-Emphasize that materials created by state, regional, or local entities using public funds will hold an open license for sharing, collaboration, and access for all educators and students.
-Allow states with instructional materials lists to include vetted OER.
-Allow instructional materials and other funding to support development, maintenance, and infrastructure for OER and technology infrastructure with flexible uses of funding.
To download a copy of Open Educational Resources and Collaborative Content Development: A Practical Guide for State and School Leaders please visit http://bit.ly/inacoloerguide
To download a copy of OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing, please visit http://bit.ly/inacoloerpolicyguide.