Open Educational Resources
NGLC believes that open resources facilitate sharing and collaboration, maximizing the options available to learners and the adoption of best practices. These benefits, as stated in our Guiding Principles, support the widespread scale needed to address the problems we face in college readiness and college completion today.
Our very first investments in Higher Ed Tech Innovations supported seven inter-institutional teams to develop, improve, and expand access to high-quality, openly licensed courseware for general education and developmental courses. Many of the learning technologies developed in K-12 Tech Innovations are freely available and openly licensed. And several K-12 Breakthrough School Models grant recipients are using open digital content and open platforms; they are also contributors to OER creating new content and designing open source platforms that support next gen learning models.
We adopt the Hewlett Foundation’s definition of Open Educational Resources (OER):
OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
Creative Commons licenses provide options for granting copyright permissions so that the licensed educational materials can be legally shared, reused, and remixed.
Resources on Open Educational Resources
- Higher Ed
- For those tracking technology trends in academia, the latest innovation pedagogy report may still contain some surprises.
- Automatically graded assessments can give the student immediate feedback. And can be shared with the entire class. But should teachers share, or not?
- John Levi Hilton III, T. Jared Robinson, David Wiley, and J. Dale Ackerman. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 15, No 2 (2014).
- Slideshare presentation by Russ Little about Integrated Planning and Advising Systems and features of the Student Success Plan
- An overview of the open source software system that supports holistic advising, web-based support, and interventions
- An infographic summarizing the outcomes and lessons learned from NGLC's first wave of grantmaking
- by Neil Heffernan & Cristina Heffernan, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education December 2014, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 470-497
- The Blended Learning Toolkit clearinghouse of OER tools, strategies, and curricula to support the adoption of blended learning is now accessed globally
- 2 page summary of Thrive's school model and supporters
- Presentation by Phyllis Salter, Sinclair Community College at the League for Innovation in the Community College's Innovations 2012
- Brief illustrating the design of this Breakthrough Models grant recipient
- "Profiles of Next Generation Learning" video series from NGLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- An EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Seeking Evidence of Impact paper on the Open Academic Analytics Initiative
- Activate Instruction is a free, open, online site for curricula that integrates assessments to allow students to progress at their own pace in one, integrated space
- Reaching thousands of students, six grant recipients’ efforts point to promising strategies for increasing the use and the effectiveness of learning analytics solutions.
- By Tim Coughlan, Rebecca Pitt & Patrick McAndrew, 2013 Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI Conference
- Presented at the Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) 2013 conference by Lauria, Moody, Jayaprakash, Jonnalagadda & Baron
- Research study by Devora Shamah and Sarah Ohlsen, April 2013 from Gateway to College Network
- By Principal Investigators John Magill and Gwen Evans of OhioLINK, final grant report submitted to NGLC
- December 2012, Research study results from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE)
- Presented at ELI 2012 Online by Patrick McAndrew, Brandon Muramatsu and Jean Runyon
- SUNY Learning Network, Carnegie Learning and Open Study
Open Educational Resources Grant Recipients
K-12 Breakthrough Models
Using design thinking to create a highly personalized middle school model (Planning)
Innovation, design, & problem-solving are the cornerstones of this San Mateo Unified charter school
A flipped school model where students self-direct their own learning
Incorporating social-emotional learning and project-based learning into blended learning
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K-12 Tech Innovation
Universal Design for Learning Literacy in Physics
Teachers create, curate, and share collections of standards-aligned web resources
The Drafting Board, an online civic education game module
A learning platform of high-quality Common Core lessons
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Higher Education Tech Innovation
Taking blended approaches to science and math courses in liberal arts colleges
Mathematics Fluency Data Collaborative, suite of math games
Online Student Profile Learning System (OSP) for developmental ed courses
Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative, a set of fully open gen ed courses
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- Grant Opportunities
- Assessment for Learning Project
- Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools
- Center for Collaborative Education, Massachusetts
- CityBridge Education, Washington, D.C.
- LEAP Innovations, Chicago, Ill.
- New England Secondary School Consortium
- New Schools for New Orleans
- Rogers Family Foundation, Oakland, Calif.
- The Colorado Coalition
- Funding Framework
- Grant Recipients
- Grant Opportunities