Maximize teacher time and engage students with Open Educational Resources
Open educational resources (OER) are a great way for teachers to make use of digital content in the classroom. Open educational resources are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use and can be remixed, revised, and redistributed. According to a recent survey, 65% of school academic coordinators say access to a collection of vetted, grade-level, content specific resources would be most effective in helping teachers better use digital content in their classroom. And, over 70% of teachers consider free content as the most important factor when evaluating the quality of content to use in their classroom. Teachers also want the ability to curate and modify the digital content they use in their classroom.
Resources that are openly licensed benefit schools in a number of ways, but most notably they help to:
- Increase Equity – All students have access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content because openly licensed educational resources can be freely distributed to anyone.
- Empower Teachers – Openly licensed educational resources empower teachers as creative professionals by giving them the ability to adapt and customize learning materials to meet the needs of their students without breaking copyright laws.
- Save Money – Switching to educational materials that are openly licensed enables schools to repurpose funding spent on textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning. In some schools, replacing just one textbook has made tens of thousands of dollars available for other purposes.
To address these important digital content needs, we are committed to providing seamless access to a world of open educational resources (OER) within our solutions. We developed EdSense Open Content, a cloud-based, global learning object repository, to provide educators with direct access to a universe of learning content. Teachers can discover, create, and curate learning objects and share them within their school. All OER content can be aligned to CBSE, IGCSE, IB curriculumns within EdSense Open Content so searching, using, and selecting digital content can easily help students master competencies.
EdSense has also partnered with the best K-12 OER digital content providers, CK-12, Youtube, Discovery Education, and Khan Academy, to save teachers time and bring school's digital content that is interactive and engaging for students.
90% of high schoolers, 77% of middle school students, and 40% of elementary students have access to smart devices.
With these digital transformation trends, professional learning and collaboration are more important than ever for educators.