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SETDA publishes OER case studies from 3 states

By Laura Devaney
September 22nd, 2015

Online case studies highlight OER implementation in schools

oer-setdaSETDA has published a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level.

The online resource, OER in Action: Implementation Highlights, examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.

“This critical work highlights the ability to personalize instructional opportunities for learners,” stated Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA. “SETDA encourages state, district and school leaders to leverage this work as they launch and expand OER initiatives.”

“The Utah State Office of Education is proud to be a state leader in supporting OER for our schools and districts. OER materials provide our teachers with the ability to customize content for the specific needs of their classes. The use of OER encourages collaboration among educators and is often more cost effective than traditional textbooks,” said Brad C. Smith, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Utah. “SETDA’s OER in Action Case Studies demonstrate how OER policies and practices at the state level have provided the avenue for continued implementation in schools and the opportunity for other states to develop similar models,” Superintendent Smith said.

Trends toward implementing OER are increasing as educators work to personalize learning.

“The ability to modify materials to meet the needs of districts’ student populations is one of the most powerful and empowering features of OER,” said Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Washington State Office of Public Instruction.

For more information visit: http://oerstudies.setda.org.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura