Get Started with Open Educational Resources

Course Description:

What is OER? What differentiates OER from traditional instructional materials, and what are the pros and cons of each? How could your school or district launch an OER initiative to adopt and adapt resources that are right for you?

There are some of the questions you’ll work through in ISTE U’s new course on open educational resources. You’ll unpack the basics of OER (including different types of licensing), review and evaluate existing OER materials, and learn to “make the case” to district stakeholders to adopt and adapt appropriate OER. Through this course, all types of educators will be empowered to become active participants in the creation and modification of high-quality, transformative instructional resources.

This is a 15-hour, self-paced course with ongoing instructor support.

Course Dates:

Fall 2020 Session: October 12 - December 6
Enrollment period:  Now until October 12*


Who It's For:

  • Teachers (PK-12, any subject)
  • Tech Coaches / Tech Coordinators / Tech Specialists
  • Instructional Technology Coaches
  • Directors of Instructional Technology
  • Any educator seeking to integrate open educational resources into their classrooms

Course Details:

  • Course Length: 15 hours
  • Cost: $186 Member / $249 Non-member
  • Course Style: asynchronous with instructor





ISTE U courses are graduate-level credit eligible from Dominican University of California. Find out more about eligibility for graduate-level credit, fees and next steps for this course here




Heather Callihan
Instructor: Heather Callihan

Heather Callihan is the Technology Integration Specialist for Northwest Public Schools in Grand Island, NE. She is the NETA Board past president (@YourNETA), Common Sense Certified Educator and Ambassador, and the team lead for her district’s #GoOpen initiative.

Heather has a passion for integrating technology in education. She believes that learning needs to be visible and students need to master skills involving Collaboration, Creation, Communication and Critical Thinking. She is passionate about sharing the importance of contributing to digital communities and the impact of digital leadership with students and adults. She loves learning and building her professional learning network with others.