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Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Rethink Instruction

Easy as 1,2,3: A Primer on Using Open Education Resources to Create Lessons, Activities, and Courses

Host: iNACOL|Open High School (Utah)

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This presentation addresses and teaches best practices in using Open Education Resources (OER), providing both new and experienced online educators a ‘primer’ on using OER in their classrooms. OERs are abundant, but not widely adopted, particularly in K-12 classrooms. This is not due to quality of the materials, but more to issues of accessibility, ease of use, and traditional teaching mores.

In this session, the presenters cover the Why, How, and What of OER:

  • Why? Build a case for using OER, including benefits and drawbacks.
  • How? Build OER with 3 steps: solid framework, enriching and polishing, and adapting and modifying.
  • What? Review OER case studies. Two teachers share experiences and best practices.


Open High School of Utah has been creating and using Open Educational Resources (OER) as the basis of their courses for the past 3 years. With over 40 developed courses under their belt, Open High School has fine-tuned the process of identifying, structuring and creating a dynamic and engaging curriculum using Open Educational Resources. View this webinar to learn how you can use Open Education Resources to create lessons, activities, and courses in your classroom.