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OERColorado coordinates efforts to support Colorado educators, administrators, curriculum experts, and other educational stakeholders across K-12 to adopt Open Educational Resources (OER) materials, share ideas and create affordable, high quality learning resources.
OER is a term used to describe teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits repurposing by others. OERColorado supports access, collaboration, and training to promote the creation and use of free or low-cost OER teaching and learning resources in preK-12 classrooms throughout Colorado. These resources can be created and shared by institutional providers or locally by an individual teacher, a district or even You!
OERColorado is a Colorado Empowered Learning (CEL) initiative administered by the Colorado River Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CR BOCES) that provides digital collections of openly licensed resources for PK-12 educators. Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S. § 22-5-119), the CR BOCES was designated to administer the statewide supplemental and blended learning program and ensure public access to a digital repository of content and resources for Colorado educators.
Within this platform:
Note that not all resources in the OERColorado Collections align with Colorado state standards, state guidelines, or local guidelines. We advise all OERColorado users to consult with their district and/or school Curriculum Specialist if there are any questions or concerns about use of these resources.
OERColorado consists of two platforms. The current location (blue background) is a Hub linked to the larger global OER Commons Library. Any Coloradoan can become a member and search, save, share and create OER. The Hub can be accessed by private PK-12 schools and higher ed., home school practicioners and public/private partnerships. The OERColorado.org Microsite is a stand alone OER Library hosting Colorado focused materials designed for Colorado public educators. Anyone can visit, but membership is limited to public educators with a valid email from a public education institution within Colorado.
We invite you to contribute to this education community by using these resources, providing feedback, or joining in creating resources for use throughout Colorado!
The Colorado Department of Education's financial support of OERColorado does not indicate endorsement of the resources
Review the slideshow carousel for instructions and links on how to access and search OER Commons collections.
OERColorado is a satellite hub on the main OER Commons digital library. From the grey OER Commons toolbar at the top of the page, you can navigate to the full library and explore other institution’s hubs and groups. To access the complete OER Commons digital library collections, or to search by subject, materials type, or provider, start by selecting the drop down menu under Discover. When browsing content on the OER Commons site, the main menu remains accessible at the top of the page. OER Commons provides a wealth of Open Educational Resources (OER) and tools to enrich your classroom and professional practice. The OER Commons infrastructure facilitates access to learning materials and fosters an environment of collaboration and teamwork. (The link above opens in a new window/tab).
Select Discover from the OER Commons horizontal menu. From the dropdown menu, select Resources to search by Subject Area. OER Commons subject areas may not match Colorado state standard subject areas exactly, but many terms are similar. If your subject area is not represented, try a keyword search on the main OER Commons page. You can also search by subject from within a collection or your search results in the description of a given resource. (The link above opens in a new window/tab).
Select Discover from the OER Commons horizontal menu. From the dropdown menu, select Resources to search by Material Type. OER Commons resources provide many different material types. With luck, you’ll find just the resource you are looking for! The variety of material formats fit different instructional approaches and lesson types. Be sure to explore the full course offerings as you browse. You can also search by material type from within a collection or your search results in the description of a given resource. (The link above opens in a new window/tab).
Select Discover from the OER Commons horizontal menu. From the dropdown menu, select Collections to search a digital library of specially curated OER Commons Collections. In the complete collections there is a wealth of resources for teaching Common Core, exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library, or Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute among many other exciting and informative collections. Set aside time to enjoy exploring all that the OER Commons collections have to offer. (The link above opens in a new window/tab).
Select Discover from the OER Commons horizontal menu. From the dropdown menu, select Providers to search by a specific OER Provider. You can also search by provider from within a collection or your search results in the description of a given resource. You’ll find many familiar names of quality educational providers like TED, Khan Academy, Code.org all available in one location, in addition to Institutional providers like: NASA, The Smithsonian Institution, and PBS. Many colleges and universities also contribute resources to the collections, like MIT and UC Boulder right here in Colorado. (The link above opens in a new window/tab).
Take a brief tour of the OERColorado Hub hosted on the Global OER Commons Library. This video guides you through the OERColorado site you are currently visiting with the blue background. It shows you how to access different features, to search, save and share OER. Become a member of our Hub today by joining the Welcome to OERColorado group.
Learn about creating a profile and making the most of open curriculum on ISKME's OER Commons teaching and learning network and tools. You can access materials without creating a profile, but to save, create or collaborate in groups, you will need to an OER Commons Profile.
Learn more about search options to locate Open Educational Resources on ISKME's OER Commons teaching and learning network and tools. The search tools allow you to filter resources by keyword, subject, education level, standard, and media type, among others. Advanced search options are also available. The search tools allow you to easily locate useful resources from more than 30,000 OER items cataloged on OER Commons.
Note that not all resources in the OER Commons and OERColorado Collections align with Colorado state standards, state guidelines, or local guidelines. We advise all OERColorado users to consult with their district and/or school Curriculum Specialist if there are any questions or concerns about use of these resources.
Open Author helps you build and publish Open Educational Resources for you and for the benefit of educators and learners everywhere.
Learn more about using groups to collaborate and organize open curriculum on ISKME's OER Commons teaching and learning network and tools. The video walks you through using groups on the main OER Commons site.
OERColorado has it's own working groups. If you are actively using OER resources in Colorado and want to start a group, first navigate to the OERColorado hub, once there, ask to join the Welcome to OERColorado group. From there you can reach out to the group admin to discuss setting up a group on the OERColorado hub.
OER Commons hosts free training webinars to help educators get up and running with using OER in their practice. Webinars cover a variety of topics. Some are listed below. (The link above opens into a new window/tab).
Visit our stand alone OER Library at OERColorado.org. This site hosts Colorado focused resources and collections and is designed for Colorado public educators. Anyone can visit and access the Open Educational Resources. You will need a valid email from a Colorado public education institution to be able to join the Microsite to access collaborative groups, and to save, create and share OER with others.
Follow OERColorado on Social Media to learn more about special events and upcoming opportunities. Celebrate holiday OER collections and resources honoring special occasions throughout the year. Connect with other educators interested in Open Educational Resources..
For more information about other OER work in Colorado, please visit the Open Educational Resources in Colorado page on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website to learn more about Colorado’s Higher Education OER initiatives. The website regularly posts information on upcoming training, certifications and conferences. (The link below opens in a new window/tab).
This guide provides a walk-through of sharing an OER Commons resources to Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a free resource (think mini LMS) that teachers can use to display assignmetns, collect student submissions, grade and return papers to students digitally or using Google Drive. If your school uses Google Classroom to deliver content to students, this resource shows how you can add OER Commons materials to classroom site. It includes a video tutorial and instructional images. (The link below opens in a new window/tab).
This guide helps you learn how to use the OER Commons Common Core Alignment and Evaluation Tool to align appropriate resources to the Common Core State Standards, and to evaluate the resource against certain aspects of quality. (The link below opens in a new window/tab).
This rubric defines a set of open educational practices that help educators to advance a classroom and school culture of open education and to advocate for the potential benefits of open educational resources (OER) in the context of continuous improvement. The rubric is intended to guide educator practice in working with OER to ensure that every student has the opportunity to engage in learning effectively. The rubric supports educators in accessing, curating, evaluating, and adapting OER in response to students’ particular needs, interests, and contexts, to author and share original or remixed resources, and to disseminate approaches to the implementation of those resources for future OER users to benefit from. (The link below opens in a new window/tab).
Learn how to use OER Commons Digital Version of the EQuIP Evaluation Tool to align appropriate resources to the Common Core State Standards, and to evaluate resources against certain aspects of quality.
The EQuIP Tool is found on Lesson Plan and Unit of Study resources within OER Commons. You may easily use the tool to align appropriate resources to the Common Core State Standards, and to evaluate the resource against four dimensions of quality related to the Common Core Math and ELA standards:
The EQuIP Rubric displays in a tabbed view with the Achieve OER Alignment Tool. Each tab contains a completely separate tool, which can be moved through independently. (The link below opens in a new window/tab).