5 Ways to Get Started With OER
It has been almost three years since the launch of the United States Department of Education’s #GoOpen movement. If you are late to the #GoOpen party, it is the commitment to expand and accelerate the use of openly licensed educational resources in schools across the country.
1. Assemble your crew.
Scaling OER requires a dedicated team of educators, instructional leaders, librarians, and technology leaders. In addition to these members, I strongly encourage you to seek feedback from students, parents, school committee members, etc.
2. Find your why.
Even though I just mentioned that this is the easy part, the nuance will vary for every school. No two schools are alike, and all schools will encounter different hurdles and roadblocks along the way.
3. Assess your assets.
This part of the process is an audit of what you are already doing really well and identifying the gaps in your educational experience. Examine current instructional materials and ask why you are using those and what is the cost to the district.
4. Set your GPS coordinates.
I once wrote a book called The 1:1 Roadmap: Setting the Course for Innovation in Education. I admit, I am not very good at titles, but for that book it made sense because I wanted to share the process of 1:1 implementation. The same goes for scaling open educational resources.
5. Select the right tools.
The most common question when planning OER strategy is, “Which tools should we use to find these resources?” Although there is no definitive answer, I recommend OER Commons as a good starting place. It is a comprehensive, dynamic site that provides opportunities to find resources or build your own.
The information for this post was taken from an article by Andrew Marcinek in eSchoolNews, follow this link for more details and the complete article.