Groups expand access to open educational resources


Groups offering resources not found within OER Commons will be able to offer the tool to their users as well.

Organizing and finding the right OER can take time—time that many busy educators don’t have. But Gooru, a free search engine for learning, has organized OER into easy-to-locate categories and collections to help teachers and students make the most of what’s offered online.

Users can search for resources, collections, or quizzes; study individual resources or entire collections; practice with an adaptive assessment system; interact with peers or teachers; and save and customize their favorite learning materials.

Gooru is accessible anywhere users have a computer and internet capability. The site organizes open educational resources and “curates, auto-tags, and contextualizes collections of web resources” to give students and teachers personalized learning experiences.

More than 5,000 invited students and teachers currently use the resource, and all schools, students, and teachers will have access to it beginning in June.

The site organizes OER into easy-to-find categories, and has more than 50,000 multimedia education resources. Educators have created more than 2,600 collections and aligned them to standards, and Gooru developers have built a 30,000-item question bank for an adaptive skills system.

It initially focused on science, technology, engineering, and math topics in grades 5-12, but developers and educators are working to expand the site’s offerings to all subjects.

The tool’s mission is “to honor the human right to education,” said Prasad Ram, Gooru’s founder and CEO. Ram was working at Google when he was inspired to find a way to help students find age- and topic-appropriate resources online.

Laura Ascione

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