Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for increasing equity and access to high-quality K–12 education. Many state education agencies now have offices devoted to identifying and using OER and other digital resources in their states.
Click on the tabs below to learn more about the Achieve OER Rubrics and Evaluation Tool, training materials on the rubrics and the Achieve OER Institute.
To help states, districts, teachers, and other users determine the degree of alignment of OER to the Common Core State Standards, and to determine aspects of quality of OER, Achieve has developed eight rubrics in collaboration with leaders from the OER community (download link for rubrics below). To allow users to apply these rubrics and evaluate the quality of instructional resources, Achieve partnered with OER Commons to develop an online evaluation tool. OER Commons, an online repository for open education resources, is now hosting the tool and its resulting evaluation data. Every resource available on OER Commons contains an "Evaluate Resource" button that will direct users to the evaluation tool. The coding for the tool is freely available online here. Resources rated on OER Commons will create a pool of metadata, and this metadata will be shared through the Learning Registry with other interested repositories.
Rubric I. Degree of Alignment to Standards
Rubric II. Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter
Rubric III. Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching
Rubric IV. Quality of Assessment
Rubric V. Quality of Technological Interactivity
Rubric VI. Quality of Instructional Tasks and Practice Exercises
Rubric VII. Opportunities for Deeper Learning
Rubric VIII. Assurance of Accessibility
Below is a set of materials developed to help educators use and learn more about the Achieve OER Rubrics and Evaluation Tool. This includes a handbook, videos and set of presentation slides that give instructions on how to apply the rubrics and use the online tool, as well as examples of what different ratings mean under each rubric. The information included in in the handbook, videos and slides is meant to mirror one another, with specific examples included in the handbook and slides. Multiple ways to read and share this information gives educators the opportunity to use the resource(s) that are most useful for them.
Click the links below to view videos and download presentation slides that explain how to apply the rubrics and use the OER Evaluation tool.
Virtual Tour of the OER Rubrics and Evaluation Tool
Building on Achieve's OER work, seven states in Achieve’s American Diploma Project (ADP) Network —California, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin—agreed to work together in Achieve’s OER Institute. The goal of OER Institute is to bring these states together to discuss issues and policy barriers surrounding using OER in college- and career-ready standards implementation. This ongoing, year-long effort has included webinars for states to discuss these issues, such as the use of open licensing and measures of quality, as well as an in-person convening in November 2012 for state teams to share current progress in using OER and engage in strategic planning activities to use OER in their transition to new standards. Below is the OER Planning Framework and presentation slides used as part of the November 2012 in-person convening.
A policy brief that provides more detail on the OER Institute, as well as information on each state involved, potential areas for cross-state collaboration and key findings is included in the adjacent tab.
Since 2012, seven states in Achieve’s American Diploma Project (ADP) Network—California, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin—have agreed to work together in Achieve’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Institute. The goal of OER Institute is to bring these states together to discuss issues and policy barriers surrounding using OER in college- and career-ready standards implementation. In addition to describing this initiative and providing appendices that detail each of the seven OER Institute state’s efforts, this brief includes three potential areas for cross-state collaboration to support the use of OER:
- Establishing commonalities in defining quality
- Sharing quality, standards-aligned resources
- Sharing metadata about quality resources
The brief also describes four key findings to date from the OER Institute:
- States face a number of common challenges and barriers to implementation, including a lack of knowledge about OER and uncertainty about the quality of resources available online.
- Experts from multiple sectors, including standards, curriculum and technology, must work together to use OER successfully in CCSS implementation.
- States must develop a common understanding of processes for measuring quality and vetting resources.
- States must assess their technology and capacity needs to implement technology-based innovations.
Achieve will be continuing this work through providing virtual and in-person convenings for OER Institute states, providing state-specific assistance to implement plans related to OER and hosting OER materials review sessions.
Click here to access the full policy brief.