OER is a tool to empower teachers and expand access to high-quality learning materials.
Open educational resources (OER) are high-quality learning materials that are published under an open license, making them free for educators to use, repurpose, and share. Digital OER can range from full curricula and textbooks to individual videos and images, which can be regularly updated to ensure that materials continue to be relevant and engaging for students.
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—enabling policies, mentoring and support structures, impact research, and sustainability models—that require further investment to ensure the sustainability of OER initiatives in the research paper, “Creating Systems of Sustainability: Four Focus Areas for the Future of PK-12 Open Educational Resources”.
The ISTE Standards for Educators are a road map to helping students become empowered learners. These standards call for educators to model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning, including OER.