August 26, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders, recently published OER in Action: Implementation Highlights (http://oerstudies.setda.org), a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. The online resource examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.
“This critical work highlights the ability to personalize instructional opportunities for learners,” stated Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA. “SETDA encourages state, district and school leaders to leverage this work as they launch and expand OER initiatives.”
“The Utah State Office of Education is proud to be a state leader in supporting OER for our schools and districts. OER materials provide our teachers with the ability to customize content for the specific needs of their classes. The use of OER encourages collaboration among educators and is often more cost effective than traditional textbooks,” shared Brad C. Smith, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Utah. “SETDA’s OER in Action Case Studies demonstrate how OER policies and practices at the state level have provided the avenue for continued implementation in schools and the opportunity for other states to develop similar models,” Superintendent Smith said.
Trends toward implementing OER are increasing as educators work to personalize learning. “The ability to modify materials to meet the needs of districts’ student populations is one of the most powerful and empowering features of OER,” said Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Washington State Office of Public Instruction.
For more information visit: http://oerstudies.setda.org.
Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Our mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit: setda.org.