#GoOpen Campaign and the Utah OER Collective

The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning.

As part of this movement, over 40 educators and stakeholders met at the Utah State Capital complex in January for the Utah Open Education Collective.  Dr. David Wiley– an OER expert that travels worldwide to promote the use/development of OER– spoke to the group.  He explained what qualifies as OER and how to find it.  

Wiley shared that to be considered open, educational resources must be free and give users the right to do the 5 R's:

Retain: make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
Reuse: use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
Revise: adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
Remix: combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
Redistribute: share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

As a group, the OER Collective examined and gathered open educational materials that were added to the OER collections in UEN eMedia.  Over 150 resources were identified and added to the UEN OER collections.  Educators can access the OER collections at http://www.uen.org/oer/.

Sarah Weston

Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University, holding a BA in Mathematics Education and earned her M Ed from Western Governors University. She has built over 20 courses using OER and currently oversees all course development and teacher training on building with OER at Mountain Heights Academy. Sarah was awarded Utah Charter Educator of the Year in 2010; the first online educator to receive the award. She was also privileged to be awarded 2011, 2013, and 2014 Best of State in Curriculum Development. In 2015 and 2015, she was awarded the Open Education Excellence Award for Outstanding Site and Outstanding Courses.

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