Thursday, May 22, 2014

What Does OER Mean?

Though this blog post looks short (and sweet), there are many links for you to explore to find out more. Each link will open in a new tab or window so you can come back to the post easily.

OER is the acronym for open educational resources. These are freely available, openly licensed content such as documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessment. Examples include many YouTube videos as well as sites like Khan Academy. These resources are often organized by teachers on a website or in a learning management system such as Schoology.

Minnesota is a leader in the curation and creation of OER content and courses. The Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum is an initiative of over 60 MN school districts to create freely available, digital courses in the core academic areas for grades 3-12. Robbinsdale Area Schools recently became a partner and some of our classrooms are already using digital content from the project.

There are many places to find more information about open educational resources for your grade or subject area. OER Commons is a good place to start. If you teach in Robbinsdale Area Schools, you can find out more by checking out the Open Educational Resources page on the staff intranet (login required).

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