It has been almost three years since the launch of the United States Department of Education’s #GoOpen movement. If you are late to the #GoOpen party, it is the commitment to expand and accelerate the use of openly licensed educational resources in schools across the country.

The commitment, in a nutshell, is to replace at least one textbook with open educational resources (OER) within one year, share in a community of practice with other school districts, and share the resources created with a Creative Commons license. While this sounds like a novel concept in writing, this movement engages every stakeholder in the P-12 educational ecosystem. And, beyond the chatter and hype of #GoOpen’s launch, there is still lots of work to be done. The work begins with implementation and how schools plan to strategically scale OER.

In the words of Simon Sinek, if you “start with the why” when thinking about #GoOpen, the answer is easy:

“To provide equitable access of educational materials that are modifiable and shareable no matter the zip code of each school.”

5 ways to get started with #GoOpen

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About the Author:

Andrew Marcinek is chief information officer of Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass. From 2015-2016, Marcinek served as chief open education advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. You can follow him on Twitter @andycinek.


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