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OER Commons: By Educators, For Educators


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Presented at the U.S. Department of Education's #GoOpen Exchange, Skywalker Ranch, Feb. 26, 2016. The U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of 13 statewide #GoOpen initiatives committed to supporting school districts and educators as they transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools. The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), has made a commitment to the #GoOpen campaign to ensure schools have access to open educational resources (OER).

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OER Commons: By Educators, For Educators

  1. 1. By Educators, For Educators (Since 2007)
  2. 2. • Expertly curated collections from over 400 content providers, over 100,000 resources • Structured index for searching standards-aligned content (i.e., various state standards, CCSS, NGSS) • Customized collections of resources and endorsements • Structured group and collaborative workflows and monitoring • Integration with state and local LMS’s and processes • Steward of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) since 2014 The OER Commons Public Library Mature platform leverages best practices in library science, tagging and schema protocols, metadata standards and interoperability
  3. 3. Supporting States and Local Agencies • Create customizable resource collections for states and local agencies • Provide coordination and technical supports to establish evaluation standards, and state and Common Core standards alignment • Facilitate content authoring, remixing, and version control, tracking resource improvement over time • Assist in road mapping strategies for OER adoption • Support school librarians, pre-service and in-service teachers • Custom technical web infrastructure and services including branded hubs and white-labeled microsites using OER Commons Advances the collaborative use of OER among schools, districts, states, and ministries of education
  4. 4. Enhances educator practice through deep engagement with open educational resources Training and Professional Development Programs • Discover resources relevant to desired use • Create and remix open resources • Learn about and apply Creative Commons licenses • Align resources to appropriate standards • Create and share curated collections • Evaluate resource quality using shared rubrics and workflow processes • Support collaboration and leverage what others are doing across states
  5. 5. The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) is an independent, education non-profit. Since 2002, our work is focused on improving the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector. #GoOpen Exchange Dept. of Education – Feb. 26, 2016 Lisa Petrides, Ph.D., CEO and Founder Twitter: @lpetrides