Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching/learning materials or courseware that are freely available and licensed to anyone to develop, use, remix, reproduce and redistribute.
Why Teacher-Librarians need to be familiar with OERs
Here in Washington State, our legislature has passed legislation (HB 2337) establishing that "the state's recent adoption of common core K-12 standards provides an opportunity to develop a library of high-quality, openly licensed K-12 courseware that is aligned with these standards."
TLs are explicitly identified in the legislation.
TLs are in a position to lead the collection development process, alignment of OERs with Common Core State Standards and integration of these resources in the classroom.
OERs have the potential to impact all aspects of a Library Information and Technology Program
For more specific information and support, do not hesitate to contact Washington's Department of Digital Learning OER Program ManagerBarbara Soots at 360.725.6102.
The Cape Town Open Education DeclarationArose from a meeting convened in Cape Town in September 2007. The aim of this meeting was to accelerate efforts to promote open resources, technology and teaching practices in education.