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

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Open Educational Resources Grant Recipients

K-12 Breakthrough Models

K-12 Tech Innovation

  • CAST, Inc.

    Universal Design for Learning Literacy in Physics

  • Gooru

    Teachers create, curate, and share collections of standards-aligned web resources

  • iCivics Inc.

    The Drafting Board, an online civic education game module

  • LearnZillion, Inc.

    A learning platform of high-quality Common Core lessons

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Higher Education Tech Innovation

  Models Tech