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The Thrill of the Hunt: Find & Evaluate OER to Personalize and Differentiate

Location: Hyatt Regency Jackson C

Explore and create
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Tuesday, June 26, 12:45–2:15 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Jackson C

Christine Voelker  
Let's go on a safari! Refreshing your class with engaging materials that are current, authoritative, appropriate and (best of all) free is easier than ever! Learn how to find and incorporate these resources into your course with strategies for ensuring they align to your objectives, activities and assessments.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Open educational resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators to select and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

More and more districts are moving towards providing OER for instructional purposes. OER are all around us, but how do we find the best and appropriate resources for our students? This session will walk participants through determining resources they should include in their instruction in order for students to master their learning objectives.
1. Participants will be able to identify repositories of Open Educational Resources (OER)
2. Participants will be able to describe the components of instructional materials appropriate for their class.
3. Explain how instructional materials contribute to the achievement of the stated learning objectives and work in alignment with the learning activities and assessments..


Agenda: The Thrill of the Hunt
10 minutes: Welcome and introductions. Overview of the session. Polleverywhere and small group discussion... Are you using OER in your district? Do you have a quality assurance process for the selection and use of OER?
Preparing for an OER Safari
10 min.: Learn about OER. (Topics covered include types, 5 R's of Openess)
10 min.: Decide when to go. Discuss reasons for implementing OER in small groups and share out.
25 min.: Decide where to go. Review three different trips they might choose to take (Trip #1: Repositories where content is stored locally; Trip #2: Repositories of government documents and specific discipline collections or content types; Trip #3: Portal repositories). Time to explore the sites.
25 min.: Plan your strategy and hone your skills. We'll review strategies that will help you make sure, once you select a resource, that it provides your students with a means through which to master your learning objectives, and is it a good fit- does it align to the rest of the elements in your unit and/or course? This will be a guided practice using an OER resource and provided checklist.
10 min.: Q & A and evaluation

Supporting research

Scoltock J. (2016, June). Adaptive design: How to build an effective learning experience. In Conference Proceedings. The Future of Education (p. 112-115).
Navarreta, R. & Lujan-Mora, S. (2015). OER-based learning and people with disabilities . Interactive Collaborative and Blended Learning (ICBL), 2015 International Conference, 1(1).
Ossiannilsson, E., Williams, K., Camilleri, A.F., & Brown, M. (2015).
Quality models in online and open education around the globe: State of the art and recommendations. Oslo: International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
Amiel, T. (2013). Identifying barriers to the remix of translated open educational resources. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 14(1), 126-144.

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Christine Voelker, Quality Matters

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