Open Educational Resources
What are OER?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.
We are working to advance the understanding, adoption, and implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) practices in our member states and their local school districts. 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.
#GoOpen is a campaign led by the U.S. Department of Education that encourages states, school districts, and educators to use OER to transform teaching and learning. The first cohort of #GoOpen participants included 14 states across the U.S. To find out more about the first cohort and its progress on the #GoOpen commitments here. If you're interested in how your state or district can become a member of #GoOpen, please email email@example.com.
CCSSO is a supporter of #GoOpen and provides technical assistance to all states interested in OER.
Each month the OER Fellow writes about current issues and events in the community. Read and join the discussion!
We conduct research to inform best practices around OER.
Our survey of states in May 2014 produced a report titled "State of the States: Open Educational Resources in K-12 Education" highlighted examples of ongoing OER work. An update to the 2014 report is available here. As a follow-up to the initial report, the focus of this project expanded to include districts and educators working closely with OER.