OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Models Supporting the Adoption Use or Sustaining of OER in K-12 Education [clear filter]
Wednesday, October 11

11:00am PDT

Reviewing K-12 OER Materials
Abstract: Emerging research shows the impact of quality instructional materials on student achievement to be as large as quality instruction, and almost 40 times more cost-effective than class size reduction. As Open Education Resources seek to bolster their credibility in the materials space, it is imperative that OERs meet expectations when it comes to alignment with CCSS, usability, and other quality criteria. EdReports.org is an independent nonprofit that publishes free reviews of instructional materials, using an educator-designed tool that measures these criteria. The reports help districts and educators make informed purchasing and instructional decisions that support improved student outcomes. EdReports.org has reviewed or is in the process of reviewing 6 OER series finding a mix of quality with some grade-level materials meeting expectations and others only partially meeting expectations. At this session, we'll discuss the landscape of education materials with our panel and walk through how collaboration can lead to excellent materials for all students.

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Liisa Moilanen Potts

Director of ELA, EdReports.org
I've been working to support all students in literacy for 25 years as a teacher (in Iowa and California) and as a leadership and instructional coach in CA and Washington state. I served as Washington's Director of Literacy and Professional Learning before coming to EdReports, where... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am PDT
Thursday, October 12

8:30am PDT

Multiply K-12 OER
The panel presentation on the Multiply K-12 OER media project explore what OER means for K-12 education. Through a series of interviews with OER scholars and practicing K-12 teachers, the podcasts and videos cover the strengths and challenges of the awareness, use and advocacy of OER for K-12 within Canada and beyond. The 17 podcasts and 3 videos are housed on the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) blog that shares out pedagogical views, research in practice, and professional insights from in-service teachers who work in blended and online environments.The podcasts use interviewee commentary on the following OER topics: a history of OER; the current landscape; benefits to K-12 learning; acceptance; learning with OER; teaching with OER; openness and the open mindset in learning; 8 attributes of Open Pedagogy; the Open Pedagogy model; creating OER policy in Canada; and Canadian copyright and user rights, including K-12 scenarios. The 3 videos cover the following areas: Attributes of Open Community; Attributes of Open Practice; and Albertan Perspectives on OER in K-12 Learning.Due to participatory technologies, K-12 educators are already engaging with OER without being fully aware that they are involved to some degree in OER and a philosophy of openness. Through the Multiply K-12 OER media, all levels of K-12 educators can examine their current understanding and see the future of OER wherever they teach. The sharing out of the media and having teachers elsewhere in the world access these media will be part of the multiplying effect of these podcasts and videos and highlights the changing nature of professional learning in the era of OER. This panel presentation will discuss the media project and the response by educators regarding this OER professional learning for in-service teachers. Funded by the Alberta Open Educational Resources (ABOER) Initiative, the project was made possible through an investment from the Alberta government.

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Dr. Connie Blomgren

Associate Professor, Athabasca University
Dr. Connie Blomgren is an Associate Professor at Athabasca University where she has designed and implemented professional learning modules to further Open Educational Resources and digital pedagogy (i.e. Blended and Online Learning and Teaching). The BOLT blog hosts teacher commentaries... Read More →
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Royce Kimmons

Assistant Professor, Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University
Dr. Royce Kimmons is an assistant professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University and is the founder of EdTechBooks.org. He has worked in the realm of teacher education for 11 years and has presented and published widely on issues related to teacher... Read More →
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Verena Roberts

Sessional Instructor, Research Assistant, University of Calgary & University of Victoria
Dr. Verena Roberts is a passionate online and blended K-12 educator, consultant, Werkland School of Education (University of Calgary) doctoral candidate who recently completed her EdD in Learning Sciences with a focus on K-12 Open Educational Practices. Verena has taught and designed... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 8:30am - 9:25am PDT