OER Support Projects
Through our OER professional learning programs, we train educators and learners to discover, create, and share open educational resources. Our OER support team builds professional learning networks for teachers and administrators to create, review, and share OER. As curators of best-in-class OER, we also provide subscription services for OER.
OER Professional Development and Training
ISKME Professional Development trains educators to:
- Discover quality OER aligned to Common Core Standards
- Create original resources in Open Author
- Collaborate and utilize customized features in groups
- Incentivize resource creation, evaluation, and quality with badges
- Experience design labs which result in new and remixed OER
OER Trainings, delivered individually or as a series, include the following topic areas:
- State-specific curriculum to discover, create, and share Common Core Standard aligned resources
- Facilitation trainings to equip educators with curriculum to train their colleagues on OER
- Customized trainings that serve individual, district, or state needs
ISKME's Action Collabs™ are dynamic workshops that use the design-thinking framework to innovate new ideas with actionable next steps. Collaboration and ideation happen in four steps:
- Identify Opportunity
- Scale and Spread
Throughout the experience, participants engage in improvisational exercises specifically designed to encourage expansive thought and accelerate meaningful collaboration.
The take-away from a roadmapping workshop is a clear strategy for implementing a pilot project and next steps. Once a clear strategy is articulated, the client may want to hold one or several OER Professional Development training sessions.
OER Platform, Community, and Tools
We build you your own OER Commons, complete with your own authoring tools, groups, and quality review system.
Build your own network hub on OER Commons with our customizable content management suite.
Groups: Find community, fuel collaboration
Sharing happens between people. Groups provide a connecting point for this sharing -- a center where users can gather to discover, recommend, and collaborate on resources and ideas. Groups are flexible, in both structure and function. For small scale study groups to district-wide open curriculum organization and approval systems, our Open Education experts can help you find or create the group to fit your needs.
Hubs: Your custom resource center
A Hub is a custom resource center on OER commons where a network of users can create and share collections, administer groups, and share news and events associated with a project or organization. Projects, districts, states, and initiatives make use of Hubs to bring groups of educators together to create, organize, and share OER collections that meet their common goals.
Microsites: Create your commons
Microsites are flexible, customized sites that include all the features available on OER Commons, and additional features and tools. Microsites house their own resource collections and can have specially curated collections from OER COmmons library of resources. Microsites enable your users to search resource collections using a custom taxonomy at a unique URL, and with expanded functionality to manage your community.
To discuss our OER product and services offerings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OER Subscription Services
Data Integration Services
In conjunction with a Professional Development training session or in partnership, ISKME and OER Commons will work with you to bring the power of the Commons into your LMS.
Seamlessly integrate OER Commons with your Learning Management System.
OER Collection Publishing and Curation Services
Jump start your OER program with content curation by our trusted Digital Librarians. If you are looking for a curated collection to add to your Hub or to facilitate OER implementation, we can help you define the collection and add resources.
As a content intermediary to over 350 OER providers, we've learned a great deal about how content providers classify and categorize OER using metadata. Metadata is the data that describes a resource. In the case of open educational resources, this includes descriptors like title, author, material type, and material license.
Metadata standards provide a template for OER providers to share their resources with other providers. At ISKME we've created tools that enable OER Commons to receive feeds of OER in Dublin Core (DC), IEEE's Learning Object Metadata (LOM), and RSS. We provide targets to other providers to harvest our content in these formats.
To share your collection please contact email@example.com.
Learning Registry Integration Services
ISKME is a founding partner and key advisor on the Learning Registry, a project sponsored by the US Departments of Education and Defense. Learn more about the project partners here.
About the Learning Registry:
"The Learning Registry makes federal learning resources easier to find, easier to access and easier to integrate into learning environments wherever they are stored -- around the country and the world. This will enable teachers, students, parents, schools, governments, corporations and non-profits to build and access better, more interconnected and personalized learning solutions needed for a 21st-century education."
We provide consultation and infrastructure services to educational content providers and stakeholders interesting in making their educational resources available to a broad audience of content consumers and repositories.