The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning.
Why use Openly Licensed Educational Resources?
Resources that are openly licensed benefit schools in a number of ways, but most notably they help to:
- Increase Equity – All students have access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content because openly licensed educational resources can be freely distributed to anyone.
- Save Money – Switching to educational materials that are openly licensed enables schools to repurpose funding spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning. In some districts, replacing just one textbook has made tens of thousands of dollars available for other purposes.
- Empower Teachers – Openly licensed educational resources empower teachers as creative professionals by giving them the ability to adapt and customize learning materials to meet the needs of their students without breaking copyright laws.
Content retrieved from the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, licensed under public domain. http://tech.ed.gov/open-education/
Open Educational Resources FAQ
Are Open Educational Resources designed to replace face-to-face instruction?
No, Open Educational Resources materials are not all specific to online learning. <=Materials can easily be adapted for your online, hybrid, or face to face courses.
I already have a great course! Do I have to adopt the whole course?
No, you do not have to adopt the entire course. You can navigate through the course contents and simply take what you need; you are free to modify those parts and use them as you like.
Content in OER FAQ comes from a variety of sources including:
The Open Course Library of the Washington State Colleges. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY).
List of OER (Open Educational Resources)
- Curriki.org – Provides open access to k-12 teaching resources. Many materials are licensed under Creative Commons.
- EdX High School – List of courses to prepare students who are entering college. Part of the larger EdX site which provides open college courses.
- MIT OpenCourseware for High Schools
- EngageNY – a complete curriculum developed by the New York State Department of Education. Contains only Math & ELA resources for 9-12. Materials are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike