Open Education

Looking through open education resources (oer) has shifted my perception of what an oer is. When looking through other blogs in this class, I was drawn to my colleague Leigh’s blog, specifically her post, November 20, 2021: Assessment & the Value of OERs. She wrote about the 5R’s, which talk about some of the fundamentals of open education.

Before, I viewed Khan academy as an open education resource. However, looking at it through the lens of the 5R’s, I now look at it as just a free resource and not as an open education resource. Khan Academy is just a variation of Youtube in a sense. I use Khan and Youtube in my math classes as content aids, and then I rework material to align with their teachings.

I want to share some screenshots and a document of my google classroom of how I have set up my google classroom for my math.

As you can see I have all the outcomes listed under the “classwork” tab. This way you are able to bring the students into the curriculum and talk about SLOs.
This is a layout of the outcome guide. As you can see I laid out the Khan videos and then I have worked some open-source textbook links and it is all attached to the outcome listed at the top.

If you are interested in checking out the outcome guide, I have linked it here. When virtual school was our reality, this was a resource I was able to share with teachers. I know it doesn’t fall under oer, but I do like the idea of having free resources that will benefit the students. Many teachers were able to take it and change it to what fits their classroom and teaching style. It was a unique experience as I’ve been able to see it be remixed by many teachers too!

I do enjoy the idea of open education resources. Due to Covid-19, I think many teachers who were not comfortable with technology would have benefited from having some of these resources at their fingertips or being familiar with one or two of them. As was brought up by many of my colleagues, they are not all user-friendly. Many of them need some experience in navigating, which may not be as appealing as a paid program.

Thank you for taking the time and hope you have a great week!


3 thoughts on “Open Education

  1. Wow, thanks for including your outcome guide. It’s very interesting! It’s funny how we all use similar things in our classrooms yet we use them so differently. I too think that sharing is a good teaching practice, and models good practices to students as well. I think that teachers who are scared or timid using technology really struggle with the idea of utilizing technology in their teaching, thus making it overwhelming. I think that OERs would be super beneficial for a lot of people! If only they were geared towards elementary more…


  2. HI Durst!

    Yeah it is an interesting concept when we entered the online teaching world during covid and those already shared freely and learned where to look for resources had a much easier transition to the online process. Thus, revealing that sharing is at the core of our nature in teaching, and its really easy to forget that. I would love to utilize this in prairiesouth… and not just stick it on the endless vortex that is Connect…. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. Durston, I appreciated reading your blog post and your sharing of your outcome guide. I am curious if the teachers who went looking for those online resources during supplemental and online learning have snapped back to pre-pandemic practices or if they are still willing to explore online resources. Maybe the skill development and time spent online was the catalyst to help ignite a powerful conversation about resource sharing. I will be curious if we can collectively maintain this willingness to develop, collaborate, and share.


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