#GoOpen Launch Districts
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#GoOpen Ambassador Districts
Increase Equity – All students have access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content because openly licensed educational resources can be freely distributed to anyone.
Save Money – Switching to educational materials that are openly licensed enables schools to repurpose funding spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning. In some districts, replacing just one textbook has made tens of thousands of dollars available for other purposes.
Empower Teachers – Openly licensed educational resources empower teachers as creative professionals by giving them the ability to adapt and customize learning materials to meet the needs of their students without breaking copyright laws.
Open Education Resources
OER Commons is a freely accessible online library that allows teachers and others to search and discover open educational resources and other freely available instructional materials.
What is OER Commons?
OER Commons, created by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, was developed to serve curriculum experts and educators in discovering open educational resources (OER) and collaborating around the use, evaluation, and improvement of those materials. Resources on the site can be searched and filtered using an expanded set of descriptive data, including conditions of use. Teachers, students, and others enrich this "metadata" when they tag, rate, and review materials, and share what works for them. OER Commons opened as a digital library and intermediary for openly licensed and freely available content. By aggregating resources and standardizing metadata from OER content providers, the site supports knowledge sharing and access to teaching and learning materials, strategies, and curricula online. Individual educators submit their own contributions which are curated. Materials are reviewed for quality and alignment to standards and shared primarily using Creative Commons licenses.
Openly Licensed Educational Resources
Openly licensed educational resources are learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning, and assessment without cost. They can be modified and redistributed without violating copyright laws.
Use #GoOpen Resources
Collaborate - Educators can freely work together to create and share resources that are relevant and meaningful to their students.
Innovate - Educators can modify resources freely to best fit the needs of their students.
Design - Educators are free to develop new materials from already existing materials to provide effective instruction.
Curate - Educators are free to select only those resources they need and help their students achieve.
Communicate - Educators are free to consult with other educators who use the resources and find what works best.
Empower - Educators can take ownership of their lessons, curriculum, and pedagogical practices to best serve the needs of their students.
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Last updated January 22, 2020