Author: Barbara Soots
Institution: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Country: United States
Topic: Connecting Open Education to Primary and Secondary (K-12) Education
UNESCO Area of Focus: Building capacity
Session Format: Presentation
AbstractThe Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) OER Project works with school districts to: • increase awareness of openly licensed materials, • promote open policies, and • explore OER as an important part of their instructional materials strategy.
As more districts develop or adapt OER, we have a tremendous opportunity to share resources - promoting equitable access to standards-aligned, quality instructional materials.
Over the past five years, small competitive grants have been awarded to districts developing or adapting OER. In order to share these materials beyond the creating school district, we have worked with OER Commons to create a Washington K-12 OER Hub. Our hub contains reviewed courses and units developed by OSPI grantees or collaborators and aligned to Washington K-12 Learning Standards. It is an evolving site with resources added as they are developed.
In this session, we’ll review findings from our grant program, including numbers of teachers and students served, costs shifted to other areas, and challenges and benefits - both anticipated and unexpected. Several developed resources from OER Project grantees will be highlighted.
K-12, grants, OER development, OER policy, state department of education