ISKME is an independent, education nonprofit whose mission is to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector. Established in 2002, ISKME conducts social science research, develops research-based innovations, and facilitates innovation that improves knowledge sharing in education. Based in Silicon Valley’s Half Moon Bay, California, ISKME supports innovative teaching and learning practices throughout the globe, and is well-known for its pioneering open education initiatives. ISKME also assists policy makers, foundations, and education institutions in designing, assessing, and bringing continuous improvement to education policies, programs, and practice.

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ISKME's OER Commons Teacher Training Initiative offers teachers a collaborative professional development model centered on engagement with Open Educational Resources (OER). Since 2009, ISKME has trained over 1,500 teachers from 25 countries in its program focused on collaborative innovation and social learning using open curriculum and open teacher-led approaches. In 2011, ISKME launched a Green OER Commons micro-site with Greek partner Agro-Know, delivering sustainability-related learning resources and interdisciplinary lesson plans, including a focus on STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) resources.

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Open sharing of knowledge. It's revolutionary. Just a few years ago it would be unthinkable to be able to watch college lectures on the Internet without paying for them, but that's exactly what's happening. What else is happening to education? Lisa Petrides, who runs the Institute for the study of knowledge management in education, or ISKME, sits down with Robert Scoble for a long talk about trends in education. She used to be a professor herself and is a very interesting person. Also works with Open Educational Resources http://twitter.com/OERCommons and runs the Big Ideas Fest, an event that covers revolutionary educational ideas http://twitter.com/bigideasfest .

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Megan Simmons | January 9, 2015
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers; he's the one who asks the right questions. - Claude Lévi-Strauss Do you remember studying genetics in school?...Read more
December 31, 2014
Some big ideas start small. This year's Big Ideas Fest focused on "Education Innovation for a Small Planet," and it was a little different from previous years. Located here...Read more
December 30, 2014
QFI is a proud sponsor of Big Ideas Fest at Half Moon Bay. Big Ideas Fest is a unique three-day immersion into collaboration and design with a focus on modeling...Read more

What We Offer

Big Ideas Fest
The annual Big Ideas Fest is an extraordinary immersion into collaboration and design that focuses on transformational...
 
OER Services

From roadmaps to training to tools, we'll help you get the right OER to your students.

 
OER Training

Leverage Open Educational Resources (OER) to broaden curriculum, strengthen collaboration, and enrich teaching and learning.

 
Action Collabs

Workshops that spark innovation and transformational change in education.

 
Research and Evaluation

ISKME's social science research examines knowledge collaboration, open education, data use, and social learning.

 
Speaking Engagements

ISKME's staff present nationally and internationally on data use, open education, knowledge collaboration, and more