As open educational resources (OER) become a more viable option for K-12 school districts that want to adopt new resources, curating these “free” and “open” educational assets has become increasingly difficult. With the U.S. Department of Education making a clear push for OER via its #GoOpen campaign, where districts take on the challenge of replacing at least one textbook with OER, the need for reliable vetting and selection tools has grown exponentially.

Here are five steps districts can use to implement OER in their LMSs:

1. Create a centralized “hub.” Focused on using OER that empowers students and improves educational outcomes, our strategy for vetting open resources is similar to the one we use for adopted publisher content. In our itslearning LMS, which we recently rebranded as the Wayne Learning Hub, we have created a complete digital learning environment for our teachers and students.

2. Implement an LMS that can multitask. In addition to being used as a digital learning environment, our LMS is the primary tool we use for curriculum management. This makes our LMS the perfect space for student learning and engagement and teacher collaboration and planning. The Wayne Learning Hub also functions as a digital content repository, and we work hard to ensure that our content is integrated into the platform’s resource library.

About the Author:

Michele Eaton, CETL, is director of virtual & blended learning, at the MSD of Wayne Township in Indianapolis.


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