Colorado's PK-12 OER Teaching & Learning Community: OERColorado

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About OERColorado

OERColorado’s hub platform coordinates efforts to support Colorado educators, administrators, curriculum experts, and other educational stakeholders across K-12 to adopt Open Educational Resources (OER) materials, share ideas and create affordable, high quality learning resources with the eventual migration to a larger more robust microsite in the works. 

OER is a term used to describe teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits repurposing by others. OERColorado supports access, collaboration, and training to promote the creation and use of free or low-cost OER teaching and learning resources in preK-12 classrooms throughout Colorado. These resources can be created and shared by institutional providers or locally by an individual teacher, a district or even You!  

OERColorado is an initiative administered by the Colorado River Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CR BOCES) and Colorado Empowered Learning (CEL) in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Pursuant to statute1, the CR BOCES was designated to administer the statewide supplemental and blended learning program and ensure access to a digital repository of content and resources for Colorado educators.

1Per Colorado Revised Statute.§ 22-5-119

Within this platform:

  • You can Explore curated OER Collections. Browse virtual libraries of free materials, lessons, and tools to save and use in your classroom and school. 
  • Visit this Collection to learn more about curated open educational resources, copyright, Creative Commons, and contributing to Colorado collections.
  • Engage in forums and Collaborate with others in groups to focus on educational topics organized around OERColorado. Groups let participants share and evaluate resources. 
  • Reference our Getting Started section to learn how to create a profile, create an institutional page or form a working group, and use Open Author to create OER.
  • Learn how to create, evaluate and connect with other state agencies with OERTools.
  • Join the OERColorado hub by requesting membership in the Welcome to OERColorado group.

Note that not all resources in the OERColorado Collections align with Colorado state standards, state guildelines, or local guideline. We advise all OERColorado users to consult with their district and/or school Curriculum Specialist if there are any questions or concerns about use of these resources.

We invite you to contribute to this education community by using these resources, providing feedback, or joining in creating resources for use throughout Colorado!

Professional Learning Opportunity Fall 2022

The Institute for Shared Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) and CAST (an advocacy group for accessibility in education) are teaming up to offer a professional development series this fall on how open educational resources (OER) can be used to enhance accessibility and inclusivity in classrooms due to their adaptable and customizable nature. This opportunity affords you the ability to learn how to use digital accessibility tools, and work on a team to create custom curriculum for your students if you so desire. Teams should consist of ~3-5 participants.
 
The new OERColorado Hub provides great collaboration and curriculum creation tools that teams can use to save their work, discuss progress and share with others. Feel free to contact me for more information on how to use this new Colorado resource.
 

The series will consist of six 90-minute webinars with activities between each:

  • 101 - Fundamentals of Accessibility and OER
  • Sept. 27th and October 4th
  • 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT/5:00pm MT/4:00pm PT
  • 201 - Adapting and Creating Accessible OER
  • Oct. 11th and October 18th
  • 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT/5:00pm MT/4:00pm PT
  • 301 - Curating and Evaluating OER for Accessibility
  • Oct. 25th and Nov. 1st 
  • 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT/5:00pm MT/4:00pm PT
Apply as a team by September 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Soriano (msoriano@cast.org).
 
If you and your team apply please also let OERColorado know at oercolorado@gmail.com. We can help provide professional development credit for attendance. 

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