Digital Age Learning

Expanding Your Options to Open Education Resources (OER)

Digital Age Learning

Digital Age Learning

Did you know that 75% of teachers believe that online textbooks will replace printed ones? (Deloitte, 2016). Although a shift in our paradigm, educators are responding by integrating new ideaology and resources. As you move through the steps below, consider how your students can benefit from your willingness to change your instruction.



  1. Where can I find engaging, entertaining, and economical online resources?

    To answer this question, choose from "Things" in the 21things4teachers. Visit Thing 11 - Content Area and Thing 12 - Interactives, then choose a tool or resource within each "Thing" to support your subject or promote student engagement. (Note: You might also consider checking out the Additional Resources for Thing 11 AR, Thing 12 AR.)
  2. How can I expand options with resources, courses, textbooks or learning materials?

    Open Education Resources are resources, courses, textbooks, or learning materials that are freely available to use or are licensed to reuse, change, or share without charge. The basic tenets of OER involve the options for reusing, remixing, revising, retaining, and/ or redistributing content.

    According to Go Open Michigan, "OER include full courses, course materials, modules, techbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. As we move towards the creation of authentic personalized learning environments, access to distinct learning objects is the essence of OER, which will support ongoing efforts."

    (Optional: You can learn more about the backstory on OER when you view the EdWeek video and/or article  on Open Educational Resources.)

    Choose one (or more) of the following to explore:

    - Online OER textbooks for options beyond print materials:
         - Michigan Open Book Project
         - Textbook creator CK-12

    - OER courses, resources, and learning materials used Nationally:
         - OER Commons
         - MIT Open Courseware
         - Engage New York
         - SparcOPEN

    - Michigan initiatives at Go Open Michigan

    After reviewing these resources and considering how you can integrate free and open resources in your own classroom, move on to Digital Artifacts.