:sync: OER Implementation in South Dakota: Writing, Using and Learning

Author: Julie Erickson
Institution: Technology and Innovation in Education
Country: United States

Topic: Connecting Open Education to Primary and Secondary (K-12) Education
Sector: K-12
UNESCO Area of Focus: Sustainable OER
Session Format: Workshop


Open education resources are freely available courses, textbooks and more that are licensed for reuse. Incorporating them in K-12 can save money, empower teachers and provide students with relevant high-quality content. Explore OER resources and considerations for successful implementation in your school. In addition, open education resources (OER) enable educators to develop content that is culturally responsive and inclusive. This session will provide examples and processes for incorporating OER into the K-12 environment. In South Dakota, districts have created science and social studies curriculum aligned to SD standards. Educators currently utilize many online resources to supplement their curriculum but the possibility to create the entire curriculum using Open Education Resources exists. We will discuss districts that have utilized OER and the benefits they are experiencing along with considerations for implementing OER. Participants will learn about copyright and Creative Commons Licensing and explore samples of OER projects and resources.

Participants will be able to define what makes an item an Open Education Resource (OER) and will be able to distinguish those characteristics.
Participants will explore OER and identify content they may want to utilize
Participants will understand the considerations for implementing OER in their school or district, including technology needs, training, policies and standards.
Participants will identify Creative Commons Licensed content.


South Dakota, oer, K-12, implementation, examples, processes

All the resources for today’s session are located here


Thanks to everyone who came and shared ideas, resources and more!

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