Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 Schools in 2018

Published: January 1, 2019 - 81 Pages

Table of Contents

  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction & Overview
    • What Are Open Educational Resources
      • Table Six Forms of Creative Commons Licenses
    • What Is Driving Adoption of Open Educational Resources
      • Fit with Current Educational Trends
        • Table Why Schools Turn to OER, 2018-2019
      • Currency
      • Federal Policies
        • Table #GoOpen Campaign States
      • State Support
      • Financial Drivers
      • Redirection of Savings
      • Improvements in Availability and Quality
      • Easier Access
  • OER Use and Spending
    • OER Usage: A Survey Approach
      • Table OER Use, A Snapshot
      • Market Leaders See Growth
      • Usage Varies by District
        • Table District Approaches to Using OER
      • OER USE by Subject
      • Grade-Level Use
      • Core or Supplemental
      • Adaptation and Collaboration
      • OER Sits Alongside Traditional Textbooks
      • OER Finding and Vetting Responsibility
    • Spending on OER
      • Table Key Cost Areas with OER
      • Sources of Funding
        • Table Examples of OER Funding
      • Impact on Commercial Publishers and Vendors
  • Challenges to OER Growth
    • Educator Unfamiliarity and Resistance
    • Finding and Assessing Quality Materials
      • Role for Commercial Publishers, Providers
    • Technology and Infrastructure
    • Other Challenges
      • Table Challenges Associated with OER (ranked in descending importance)
  • Market Landscape
    • Who Provides OER?
      • Table Examples of OER Providers
      • Nonprofit Groups, Associations, and OER Specialists
        • Table Examples of OER movers in the Association/Non-Profit Segment
      • Universities, States, and Districts
      • Commercial Publishers
      • Districts Rely on Multiple Providers
    • Key Players
      • Big History Project
      • CK-12 Foundation
      • Curriki
      • EL Education
      • Great Minds
      • Khan Academy
      • Knovation
      • LearnZillion
      • MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Project
      • OER Commons/ISKME
      • OpenStax
      • Open Up Resources
      • UnboundEd
  • The Future of OER
    • Challenges Remain
    • Good Experiences, High Interest Predict Growth Ahead
    • Best Practices for OER Implementation
      • Develop a Plan
      • Educate About Open Licensing
      • A Better Path
      • Professional Learning
      • Collaboration
      • Sufficient Infrastructure
      • High Quality Materials
      • Plan for the Future
  • Case Studies
    • States
      • Washington
      • Utah
      • Louisiana
    • Districts
      • Cedar Rapids, IA
      • Loudon County, VA
      • Anne Arundel, MD
      • Nampa, ID
      • Wayland Union, MI
    • OER Initiatives
      • Michigan Open Book Project
      • OpenSciEd


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Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 Schools in 2018

Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 Schools 2018 is Simba Information’s new look at how open educational resources are permeating classrooms in U.S. schools. Areas explored in the report include:
  • an overview of the OER landscape, which found educators looking to OER as a good fit with current pedagogy and the digital evolution, with low cost being an additional benefit;
  • challenges when using OER, most notably the sheer volume of OER materials and uneven quality that can make it hard to identify and vet the materials;
  • case studies from states, districts and OER initiatives;
  • key providers of OER, with discussion of the role commercial publishers can play as a distributor into K12 districts and as a provider of added value such as professional development, physical editions of OER material, guidebooks and customized editions for special populations.
Simba Information’s research for this report included telephone interviews with district personnel responsible for OER, including primarily curriculum and instruction leaders, but also educational technology directors, content area specialists, personalized learning directors, and instructional materials consultants.

Simba also interviewed leaders from the Teaching and Learning/Academic Content departments of three states that have been at the forefront of fostering, creating, and partnering on OER at the state level—Washington, Utah, and Louisiana—and directors of two significant OER initiatives, the Michigan Open Book Project and OpenSciEd.

The qualitative information was supplemented by relevant, publicly distributed third-party research on various facets of OER from respected organizations, and by a review of company/organizational information disseminated by leading purveyors of OER.

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