All resources in K-12 Open Education Professional Learning

What Are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

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Module 1 is designed using open resources from WikiMedia, The Learning Portal, and other Creative Commons licensed materials. This module has been developed to provide an overview of OER and its history for faculty who are just getting started. (But mostly it was designed to see how this authoring tool works so that I can share the tool with our faculty!)

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Julie Lyon

What is OER?

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Brief video describing Open Educational Resources (OER) and their associated copyrights and permissions. Generally Open Educational Resources have terms of use that allow for permissions that are known as the "Five Rs:" Reuse, Remix, Revise, Retain, and Redistribute.

Material Type: Lecture

Guide to Developing Open Textbooks

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This how to guide has been developed to assist teachers, teaching support personnel and educational technology administrators to: understand the value of open education, OER and open textbooks for teaching and learning; appreciate the potential value of developing an open textbook platform; select appropriate technology to build an open textbook platform, using either existing services offered free on the Internet or open-source tools, based on local needs and resources; and build, manage and maintain an open textbook platforms.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Andrew Moore, Neil Butcher

OER Accessibility Toolkit

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The focus of many open education projects is to provide access to education. But what does access mean? If the materials are not accessible for each and every student, do they fulfill the mandate to deliver fully open education? The open education movement has helped people in different parts of the world access content that they would otherwise not be able to view or interact with. Open education resources reduce costs for students and allow for greater flexibility for instructors. Accessibility can help push the movement even further forward. The goal of the OER Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the needed resources needed to each content creator, instructor, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open and accessible educational resource — one that is accessible for all students.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Accessibility for OER Microsite Part I

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This slide deck is Part I of a two part professional learning series for educators to learn about accessibility, Universal Design for Learning, and how to think about accessibility for digital resources.This slide deck was presented to educators in a 90 minute virtual webinar session.Make a copy of the slide deck to customize for your needs.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Pam Batchelor

Accessibility for OER Microsite - Part II

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This slide deck is Part II of a two part professional learning series for educators to learn about accessibility, Universal Design for Learning, and how to think about accessibility for digital resources.This slide deck was presented to educators in a 90 minute virtual webinar session.Make a copy of the slide deck to customize for your needs.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Pam Batchelor

CREATIVE COMMONS by Nancy Adams on Prezi Next

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This a BRIEF overview of Creative Commons licensing for my colleagues (administrators, faculty, and staff) at Central Alabama Community College. This learning opportunity was funded by a grant from ACHE & ACCS, and due to current policy regarding copyright, the College will have to authorize permission to use, edit, &/or redistribute. It is hoped that these policies are being re-visited for the betterment of OER creation and use in Alabama.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Nancy Adams

The UNC System OER Implementation Collection

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The OER Implementation Collection is a companion to the UNC digital course enhancement collections. It was developed for faculty, instructors, and librarians in the UNC System by open educational resources (OER) experts from NC State University, East Carolina University, UNC Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina A&T, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and UNC Chapel Hill. The collection gathers reliable open resources and provides videos of presentations from authoritative speakers to answer the most frequent questions faculty ask about how and why to use OER in their courses. The OER Implementation Collection will provide a guide to finding and using OER for faculty and instructors who are interested in working with the UNC digital course enhancement collections and using other open educational resources in their teaching. After using this collection, participants will: Understand what OER are Describe how OER benefit students and faculty Find OER that are relevant for their courses Determine quality and value of OER that they find Adapt existing OER to fit their courses Learn how to create their own OER

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Enoch Park, Harvey D. Long, Jacqueline Solis, Jeanne Hoover, Melody Rood, Michelle Soler, Sarah Falls, William Cross

ISKME Michelson 20MM: OER Campus Administrator Quick Start Guide Public

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This OER campus administrator guide, officially entitled "OER & Online Learning: Administrator Quick Start Guide, Strengthening the Shift to Online Learning in California Community Colleges Through the Use of OER", is an outcome of a project by ISKME, supported by a grant from the Michelson 20MM Foundation, to conduct a study and develop a set of resources to accelerate OER use for distance education, especially the urgent shift to remote learning during the pandemic in 2020. The Guide, created in collaboration with a selection of OER and online education champions across California community colleges (CCC), seeks to support community college administrators in California and beyond in more effectively supporting faculty use of OER as they work to address the reality of online learning in response to COVID-19 and future disruptions. The guide provides quick tips and starting points for campus administrators as they work to create the policy and practice environments needed to foster increased OER use for online learning. See the associated OER and Online Learning: Faculty Quick-Start Guide for more in-depth tools and resources targeted to faculty and instructional design support, at: https://www.oercommons.org/courses/oer-online-learning-faculty-quick-start-guide

Material Type: Reading

Author: ISKME

Open Educational Resources + Dual Enrollment

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This practice brief provides guidance to help K12 and community college dual enrollment program instructors and administrators identify and implement programs using open educational resources (OERs). This practice brief focuses on how OERs can remove potential barriers to students’ access to higher education by promoting textbook affordability for all students. As high schools typically cover the cost of textbooks and other course materials, the costs of college textbooks may deter high school students from considering dual enrollment programs, particularly low-income students. The integration of OERs in dual enrollment courses may help mitigate this barrier.

Material Type: Module

Author: Barbara Illowsky

Finding and Adopting OER

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 Performance Objectives: Understand what content curation is and how to utilize itIdentify the steps for successful adaptation or curation of OERRecognize and determine the best places to search for OERAdopt a resource by downloading it, printing it, or linking to itOER refers to educational materials that include permission for anyone to use, modify and share. In its simplest form, the term OER describes any educational resources (including curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications, podcasts, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning) that are openly available for use by educators and students, without an accompanying need to pay royalties or license fees.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Alisa Cook

The Role of School Librarians in OER Curation: A Framework to Guide Practice

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This document is an evidence-based guide that outlines the practical and policy supports needed to enable K-12 school librarians to take on leadership roles around OER, and to support OER curation efforts by librarians and all educators. This guide is based on a study led by ISKME (iskme.org) in collaboration with Florida State University's School of Information. The study is titled “Exploring OER Curation and the Role of School Librarians". ISKME designs guides and toolkits that help educators navigate and implement new teaching and learning practices. Grounded in research, our evidence-based guides and toolkits help articulate what actually works in real education settings—and are tailored to the unique professional learning needs of our clients and their stakeholders. The study was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov), under grant number LG-86-17-0035-17. The findings and recommendations expressed in this document do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Material Type: Case Study, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: ISKME

Leadership Essentials: School Librarians and OER - How will you lead your school? Making the Leap.

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The School Librarian Program at Granite State College is based on the foundational belief that school librarians are essential, integral and transformational leaders.  The program focuses on preparing school librarians as catalysts for school change and learning for the digital age.  In addition to developing the requisite skill sets and knowledge base needed to perform at top levels, there is a focus on the development of dispositions and attitudes such as initiative, creativity, self-direction, resilience, flexibility and intellectual curiosity which are crucial in assisting learning communities to engage in continuous improvement, innovation and reflective practice.  The program emphasizes the convergence of these dispositions,  skills, knowledge and understandings in order for candidates to achieve and succeed with a strategic plan for schools to ramp up and redesign school library media programs to provide the requisite, robust environment and intentional opportunities for meaningful student engagement with content, ideas, information and technology.This module is intended to be completed over the course of a 12-week semester and is designed to develop understanding about becoming a more effective school library leader within the evolving contexts of the digital age – especially related to the assessment of leadership dispositions and competencies needed to ramp up and redesign school library programs to provide the robust, flexible environments and intentional opportunities for meaningful student and teacher engagement with OER content, ideas, information and technology. The module addresses five areas of focus — preparation (2 weeks), planning (2 weeks), organizational strategy and change (3 weeks), transformational learning (3 weeks) and reflection/synthesis (2 week).

Material Type: Module

Author: Susan Ballard

OER & Online Learning: Faculty Quick Start Guide

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The Faculty Quick Start Guide is an outcome of a project by ISKME, supported by a grant from the Michelson 20MM Foundation, to conduct a study and develop a set of resources to accelerate OER use for distance education, especially the urgent shift to remote learning during the pandemic in 2020. The Guide, created in collaboration with a selection of OER and online education champions across California community colleges (CCC), contains: - Models and approaches to online learning, and to emergency remote learning in the context of COVID-19; - How and to what extent OER fits into these models, and local and state-level supports needed for its integration and sustainability; - Design considerations for integrating OER in online learning, including pedagogical and platform considerations; - Curatorial practices, such as using OER curation tools and aligning curated OER to learning outcomes; and, - Starting points and tips for colleges and faculty who want to initiate OER integration into distance education. Tailored to faculty and campus administrators both in California and beyond, the Guide has the aim is to enable system-wide shifts to meet postsecondary institutions’ long term goals for distance learning, and faculty’s emergency plans for remote learning in response to the COVID-19 and potential future crises. The Guide is also available as a PDF for download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17AXs30dZeLOrGeNBQ-ISc_OJXIxE9xtB/view?usp=sharing. See the companion guide for administrators at: https://www.oercommons.org/courses/iskme-michelson-20mm-oer-campus-administrator-quick-start-guide-public/edit

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: ISKME