Delaina Tonks (Mountain Heights Academy), Sarah Weston (Mountain Heights Academy), Emily Andersen (Mountain Heights Academy)
Mountain Heights Academy (formerly The Open High School of Utah,) established in 2009 by Dr. David Wiley, was the first secondary school to implement a fully OER curriculum. The school hired educators as instructional designers to create online OER content for all courses available in grades 7-12. The school has created and released over 100 courses.
Initially, the school publicly released those whole courses through Moodle. Common Cartridge initially provided access to those who did not use Moodle. With the decline of Moodle, the Learning Management System, it was no longer effective to release entire courses that were only accessible to those who used the same LMS.
Six years later, the school shifted focus to teacher training and professional development by using an OER Passport so that educators could learn about Creative Commons licensing, properly attributing OER, where to find CC-BY pictures, how to involve students in the OER creation process (we call this Next Gen OER,) and how to publicly release appropriately-licensed artifacts in OER Commons. To date, Mountain Heights Academy teachers have released several hundred standards-aligned artifacts. The school will continue to have teachers release a minimum of two artifacts annually.
Today, the school is evolving and the focus has once again shifted to fill a glaring gap in OER in general; the lack of "how-to artifacts:" Leadership OER, Teacher Competency OER, Instructional Design OER, and Ed Tech OER. The purpose of these types of artifacts include providing a roadmap for those interested in implementing and mastering the use of OER. Anyone can review our guides to implementation and skip the evolutionary process we experienced.
Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_47.pdf 📄
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