Evaluating OER Quality and Standards Alignment: It may be free, but is it any good?


Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 6.18.33 PMOpen Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or that have been released under an open license. These resources may be used free of charge, distributed without restriction, and modified without permission. The question of quality is one of the overriding issues in the OER field. To address that issue, Washington State has developed a process for evaluating OER materials for alignment with state learning standards. This edWeb.net webinar, presented by the Open Educational Resources in the K-12 Classroom community, covered the review process, rubrics, and outcomes. Presenter Barbara Soots discusses the follow-up steps being taken as K–12 districts explore the opportunities and challenges of implementing OER at scale. Viewers will:

  • Understand the importance and benefits of reviewing OER;
  • Learn about a review process and instruments for evaluating OER materials;
  • Find out how to access in-depth OER review results providing actionable adaptation suggestions; and
  • Hear about example district experiences with implementing OER.

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Open Educational Resources (OER) in the K-12 Classroom is a professional learning community (PLC) that helps educators select and make better use of OER, and provides a collaborative forum for continuing dialogue and support.  Open Educational Resources (OER) are a fast-growing body of free digital resources that can help schools reduce their expenses on textbooks and other education materials.  This program is sponsored by Net Texts.

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