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Monday, May 04, 2015

New Effort to Create Free Open Educational Resources

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

The Learning Accelerator, a nonprofit supporting the implementation of high-quality blended learning across the United States, has announced $2 million in funding to help create free, high-quality, open educational resources (OER) supporting K-12 math and English language arts that are aligned with state learning standards.

Ten content developers will create rapid prototype units of the educational content for review in summer 2015, according to a news release.

"With OER, states and districts can transition from expensive and rigidly controlled materials to new open instructional resources that are free or low-cost, flexible, and significantly improved in comparison to traditional materials. Most notably, their licenses grant permission for anyone to freely and legally use, adapt, and redistribute the resources," the Accelerator said in its announcement.

The OER effort is led by the K-12 OER Collaborative, a group of 12 states and numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Council of Chief State School Officers, that aim to create free resources designed to enable all students to master foundational skills and knowledge to achieve college and career readiness.

States in the collaborative include Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and Washington.

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