Open Educational Resources (OERs) are poised to take the education world by storm! With the vast array of technology at our fingertips, figuring out how to actually harness and implement OERs in the classroom has become educators' latest challenge. Every lesson, assessment, activity, and project that we have developed for our classrooms can openly be shared with educators and students around the world. As we embrace our roles as educational pioneers, programs built with OERs will pave the way for education to become a world restricted only by the imagination. But we're not there yet!
To reach these aspirations, an easy-to-use vetting tool coupled with an OER Learning Pathway Application is vital in curating appropriate resources, organizing and personalizing Learning Pathways, and assessing student performance. Key features allow teachers to access vetted, pre-established Learning Pathways mapped at the skill/objective level, customize them for their classes needs and assign that content easily to students. Teachers can open a vetted Learning Pathway, search for related resources and remix the materials to supplement their personalized Playlists with new resources. Teachers may also submit their customized playlist both to the OER community and to the vetting organization for verification and conversion into a Learning Pathway.
From a student perspective, the OER Player couples an engaging interface which delivers identified resources and teacher direction at transitional points within each Playlist. Objective based assessments are part of each Learning Path so that teachers can check progress and performance so that this formative insight data can drive daily classroom activities. The OER Learning Pathway Application also serves as a bridge between the classroom teacher and the US Department of Education's Learning Repository.
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce participants to the OER Learning Pathway Application being developed as a joint venture by the Enlarged City School District of Middletown in New York, Education Elements, and Spider Learning, Inc. Through the use of this application, educators will have the ability to design, modify, and repurpose Learning Paths that serve up content to students by functioning as carousels of vetted skills based resources coupled with custom content and assessments.
Truly Open Educational Resources (OERs) meet the five R's of copyright and fair use law. The OER Learning Pathway Application facilitates each of these requirements, by allowing educators the ability to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute personalized Playlists in perpetuity. This tool is designed to support teachers by providing curated Learning Pathways composed of vetted OERs, along with the ability to customize them into student-facing Playlists. The OER Learning Pathway Application serves as a solution to the challenge of effectively implementing OERs in every classroom.