Why OERs Matter
Share with participants the following 2.5 min video:
Good resources for those getting started and curated info on OER:
U.S. Department of Education announced recently the launch of #GoOpen, a campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. As part of the campaign, the Department is proposing a new regulation that would require all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds to have an open license.
Reasons cited by Dept of Ed include
- 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.
5 minute discussion on whether participants agree with above - why or why not.
15 minute discussion with participants curating best practices for OER.
>Note: This introduction will lead in the Thimble activity in next agenda item: Choose your Activity where participants will have the opportunity to choose a Thimble activity that includes creating and remixing OERs for their own learning contexts.