Open educational resources (OER) have been promoted as a solution to the rising costs and scalability needs in education. The idea that free content can solve curriculum needs and decrease costs is very appealing. In looking to OER as a potential solution, it is helpful to consider—beyond the “free” price tag—the actual cost of implementing a comprehensive OER program. Districts need to look at the implementation, management, and ongoing costs associated with OER.

Is OER the right fit?
There are key questions instructional leaders need to ask to see if OER is the right fit for their district. Often there...

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  • About the Author:

    With more than 20 years of education experience, Jennifer Gibson fuels her vision, innovation, and leadership by blending educational experience with professional development, educational policy, eLearning, and standards-based design to support educators in professional learning. As former chief learning officer for Lesson Planet, an OER company, she has worked with schools and districts in planning for OER implementation. She currently is the vice president of professional development at ABC-CLIO.