OERs Comes to NC


Providing Access to Open Educational Resources to Support Personalized Learning in North Carolina

The North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative includes efforts to improve access to high-quality digital learning resources and the systems to locate, create, share, and use them. To support these efforts, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has investigated open educational resources (OER), instructional materials that are openly licensed, enabling users to freely access, use, adapt, and redistribute with no or limited restrictions.

 Understanding the potential that OER offers, NCDPI has invested in strategies to provide access to high-quality, open educational resources. As one of twenty states, North Carolina has joined the national #GoOpen initiative, committing to support districts and educators as they transition to the use of openly-licensed educational resources. In addition to connecting with other #GoOpen states in an OER community of practice, each state commits to developing a statewide repository solution for OER.

 The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce a partnership with ISKME, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, to provide a repository for OER for educators and students in North Carolina. ISKME’s open educational resource platform, OER Commons, provides access to high quality resources, as well as opportunities to curate and create OER. Currently under development, North Carolina’s OER Commons microsite will be customized to provide an OER repository that will include standards-aligned, high-quality instructional materials.

 As a key component of the OER initiative in North Carolina, teachers and education leaders in the state will have opportunities to engage in professional learning related to effectively locating, vetting, curating, and using open educational resources in instruction. In partnership with ISKME, the NCDPI will facilitate professional learning events, providing opportunities for schools and districts to investigate how OER can be leveraged to support personalized learning.

 During the 2018-19 school year, ISKME and the NCDPI will develop the microsite and provide OER professional learning opportunities throughout the state. One way to stay updated with implementation progress is by following #GoOpenNC.

 For additional information about North Carolina’s OER initiative, email goopennc@dpi.nc.gov

This article is from Digital Teaching and Learning InSights - December 13, 2018

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