As educators we are adept at finding free resources for the classroom, but this endeavor can be time consuming and finding quality content is not always easy. How do you know which resources are best? Where do you begin to find quality resources in a sea of internet content? Can you reuse and repurpose the content you find online?
This is where Open Educational Resources (OER) comes into play. Specifically the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative. This campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to support learning.
Last February the Michigan Department of Education announced it would be part of the #GoOpen movement. As a #GoOpen state, Michigan will be expected to:
- Adopt/Implement a statewide technology strategy that includes the use of openly licensed resources as a central component.
- Develop and maintain a statewide repository solution for openly licensed resources.
- Develop the technical capability to publish OER to the Learning Registry.
- Participate in a community of practice with other #GoOpen states and districts to share learning resources and professional development resources.
- Create a webpage to share the commitment to #GoOpen and document the state’s progress.1
The development and maintenance of a statewide repository means that teachers and students could access resources in one place, No more sorting through pages of search results, you would be able to search for content in one location. Collaboration across states could offer access to resources by all students and educators. Best of all these resources would be free! Teachers could share created content, reuse content and remix content to fit their needs. To learn more about OER and the #GoOpen Campaign visit http://tech.ed.gov/open.
1 “Open Education – Office of Educational ….” http://tech.ed.gov/open/. Accessed 28 Dec. 2016.
Stacey Schuh (@stacey_edu): Stacey is a MACUL Board Member, instructor for the MAET program at Michigan State and works for Michigan Virtual University. Stacey supports blended learning initiatives and works directly with teachers and administrators to implement blended learning strategies. Stacey is also a former classroom teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and Education from Michigan State.