Open educational resources (OER) have made their presence known in education, with teachers and administrators voicing their excitement over free resources that are easily shared and adapted.

In fact, the movement has grown so much that it has received federal attention. The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use open educational resources.

The Department is proposing a regulation that would require all copyrightable intellectual property created with ED grant funds to have an open license.

While the move toward open resources is encouraging, many districts are left wondering how they can ensure quality, ease of access, and proper implementation for their educators.

(Editor’s note: See how one district is moving to free and paid online resources here.)

Districts know all children learn differently, and this means they need the right mix of content to help teachers differentiate their instruction and resources for students, said Randy Wilhelm, CEO and co-founder of Knovation, which collects and organizes free digital content for educators.

Next page: Three challenges to OER use

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