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Evaluating OER Quality - Open Education Conference 2013


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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 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
  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
  4. 4. WHY REVIEW OER? Help educators select high quality materials Provide information for materials adoptions Identify gaps in Common Core alignment
  5. 5. WHAT OER TO REVIEW? Unlimited access and redistribution Permission to adapt Defined content area and grade band scope
  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
  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…”
  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: Full report from 2013 review: OER Communication Toolkit: EQuIP: Achieve OER: Student Achievement Partners Achieve the Core: CCSS Publisher’s Criteria: Washington law re: OER: Achieve OER Policy Brief:
  15. 15. CONTACT INFORMATION OSPI OER Website: Twitter: waOSPI_OER Email: