:sync: Open Tools for Active Learning

Authors: David Schonstein, A Joseph Tamer, Ariel Anbar
Institution: Arizona State University
Country: United States

Topic: Technologies for Open Education
Sector: Community College
UNESCO Area of Focus: Building capacity
Session Format: Presentation


The Education through Exploration team (ETX) at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, with support from the Department of Education and our community college partners from across the United States, have set out to provide adaptive and interactive Open Educational Resources to educators across the country.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials that permit no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution with limited restrictions. These OER are to be used to support a wide range of courses in improving student outcomes, supporting workforce development skills, and reducing costs at community colleges. We do this by combining existing high-quality OER with new interactive tools designed by our ETX team in collaboration with faculty from our partner colleges are involved at every step of the way.

Interactive tools are contextualized within disciplinary lessons to create active learning experiences which help students develop key workforce skills in the context of, but not limited to, seven individual courses at the community college level using active learning principles and connecting the content that students learn in the classroom with real-world environments and workforce applications. Students will learn to connect course content to valuable workforce skills which have been identified by our advisory board as high demand.

Because these tools are cross-disciplinary and Open Educational Resources, they can be used to support multiple curricula and can be adapted to multiple contexts to include a variety of disciplinary content. These resources are available to all educators who seek to enrich the learning experiences in their classrooms and support students on their life-long journey toward success in the workforce as well as those who are excited to join us at ETX in promoting the vision of the future of open adaptive learning experiences.


Open, OER, tools, workforce, skills, adaptive, interactive, cross-disciplinary

Thank you for your initiative. The material you are offering is geared to what age/grade level of student?

The OER is mostly at the college level for intro courses, but the tools we are developing, such as the Peer Review Tool can be used in any course and likely at many levels depending on the assignment you build in them. See here https://landing.inspark.education/open-active-textbooks and here https://instructors.inspark.education/oer-guides/peer-review-signup/