Expanding Access to High-Quality Learning Materials
Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials published under an open license, ranging from full curricula and textbooks to individual videos and images.
OER offer many advantages:
- They allow teachers to adapt, remix and share materials at will to continually improve learning resources.
- They increase equity by removing barriers for cash-strapped schools and districts.
- They let teachers curate a blend of instructional materials, supplementing formal published curricula with online and self-created materials.
Get Started With OER
ISTE U’s OER-focused course unpacks the basics of OER, reviews existing OER materials and teaches you how to make the case for adopting and adapting appropriate OER. Become an active participant in the creation and modification of high-quality, transformative instructional resources.
ISTE and New America document the #GoOpen campaign’s key accomplishments and discuss how the PK-12 OER community can provide momentum to the growing nationwide movement in the white paper, “How a Hashtag Catalyzed PK-12 Open Educational Resources: Reflections and Recommendations.”
ISTE, New America and education researchers from the PK-12 OER Learning Network explore four focus areas that require further investment to ensure the sustainability of OER initiatives in the research paper, “Creating Systems of Sustainability: Four Foucs Areas for the Future of PK-12 Open Educational Resources.”
Visit the New America website to learn more about who is using OER, where educators can find OER and how to access PD resources.
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