Leadership & Advocacy

#GoOpen District Launch Packet (2017)

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In 2022, the #GoOpen movement transitioned from a federal initiative to launch the #GoOpen National Network, a national community of educators and leaders who use and support open educational resources and practices (OER/OEP) to equitably improve teaching and learning for all. This resource offers enduring value and guidance for districts choosing to transition to the use of openly licensed educational resources to improve student learning in their schools. Openly licensed educational resources (OER) enable districts to reallocate significant funds currently spent on inflexible, static learning materials to resources and activities that accelerate the transition to digital learning. These include implementing new professional learning programs for teachers, developing a robust technology infrastructure to support digital learning, and funding new leadership roles for educators who curate and create openly licensed educational materials.

Material Type: Assessment

Liberty Public Schools - OER Curriculum and #GoOpen Resources

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These Google Documents from Liberty Public Schools (LPS) include their #GoOpen Course Curriculum for the OER courses the district has written so far. Also includes resources that other districts can use for their OER adoption work, including the LPS OER Copyright Guidelines, LPS OER Budget Template, an the LPS OER Vetting Document, among other resources.

Material Type: Reading

Authors: Andrew Wesolek, Anne Langley, Jonathan Lashley

OER Passport Training Program

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OER Passport is a professional development program that takes educators through the process of understanding, finding, developing and sharing Open Educational Resources. This course trains teachers and students on OER use, reuse, licensing, creation, and sharing by completing the following tasks. The first three tasks lay a solid foundation and provide teachers with the tools to complete the last three tasks which focus on the use, reuse, production, and innovative teaching practices. Participants can complete the tasks online. There are also files to print/create physical copies of OER Passports that can be used in an offline environment.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Jenni Hayman

Ontario College Libraries’ OER Toolkit

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The OER Toolkit aims to improve equitable access to open learning resources and services to college students by providing a province-wide academic support platform for faculty to use while designing courses and assignments. The Toolkit is a one-stop guide to open educational resources, providing faculty and library staff with tools and information to understand, engage with, create, and sustain OER in their work and practice. The Toolkit is designed to be used by anyone involved with OER at an academic institution, whether you are part of a team that is collaborating to create OER, a library staff member who is supporting OER development and use, an advocate for OER at your institution, or an instructor seeking to incorporate OER and open pedagogy in the classroom. The primary purpose of this Toolkit is to support faculty and library staff at Ontario colleges; however, it is openly available for use beyond the Ontario college community.

Material Type: Module, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Colleges Libraries Ontario and the Ontario Colleges Library Service in collaboration with ISKME

Why OER?

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A brief video where OER experts give their reasons for working in the field of Open Educational Resources. Primary reasons include empowering teachers, equalizing access to education, reducing teachers' worries about copyright, reducing educational costs, and facilitating the open flow of information.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Stefano M. Stefan