How Open Education Resources (OER) Work

 

iLearn Collaborative is a proud participant in the U.S. Department of Education's #GoOpen initiative, training educators on how to create high quality digital content, curating that content for quality and alignment with state standards, and facilitating the sharing of that content by storing it all in a central repository and transferring it into the Learning Management System of a district's choosing.  

 

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All content in our repository is governed by the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, and unlike many other repositories, represents full-length, curated courses.  Under this license, educators are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, as well as remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose.  Educators are required to indicate that iLearn Collaborative's Digital Content Warehouse was the source of the content, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.  If educators remix, transform, or build upon the material, they must distribute their original contributions under the same license, thus allowing others the same freedoms, and they may not apply legal terms or technological measures that would restrict those freedoms.

Educators at iLearn Collaborative member districts are all eligible for entirely complimentary access to our Digital Content Warehouse.  If any of the currently curated courses are of interest, you can simply contact us so we can get you set up.   Educators who are not within member districts can sign up for individual membership to access the repository or speak with our team about becoming a trained content creator or curator.  Those who contribute their time and talent to this important work are also eligible for complimentary access.

Across the country, districts are choosing to #GoOpen and transitioning to the use of openly licensed educational resources to improve student learning in their schools. Openly licensed educational resources enable districts to reallocate significant funds currently spent on inflexible, static learning materials to resources and activities that accelerate the transition to student-centered learning. These include implementing new professional learning programs for teachers, developing a robust technology infrastructure to support student-centered learning, and funding new leadership roles for educators who curate and create openly licensed educational materials.

The U.S. Department of Education has even published a #GoOpen Launch Packet to support districts that have decided to implement a systematic approach to incorporating openly licensed educational resources into their curriculum.  The iLearn Collaborative team believes in this work and is here to support you in making this transition, so if you'd like to request support as you explore using these valuable resources district wide, share a little bit about your initiative and our team will contact you.