Open Educational Resources, or OER, offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning through accessible content, and importantly, through teacher-led knowledge sharing processes. By developing structures for sharing, the aim for OER is to bring participants into a more fair and level playing field for learning. ISKME’s participation in the global “Open Education” movement over the last four years is rooted in the idea that equitable access to high-quality education is a social right.
OER Commons is helping transform how K-12 teachers and college faculty view their roles in collaborating around the development and improvement of educational materials from kindergarten through college. Teachers are participating in workshops that use OER Commons as a resource for building new curriculum. Many are energized when they find they can download resources for free, modify them however they like, and write reviews and comments about what works best—so other teachers can benefit from their expertise. Through OER Commons, sustainable and innovative approaches to learning are shifting the nature of education as we know it.