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4 Reasons to Celebrate During Open Education Week

Author // Matt Yauk Monday, 07 March 2022

badge for OEWeek 2022Open Education, as defined by the Hewlett Foundation, is the range of learning resources, teaching practices, and education policies that use the flexibility of open educational resources (OER) to provide learners with high-quality educational experiences. OER is any teaching, learning, and research material that is free, openly licensed and is able to be modified or adapted. Open Education Week, launched in 2012 by Open Education Global, celebrates and raises awareness of the innovative people, resources, events, initiatives, and progress in the realm of open education worldwide. This year, Open Education Week falls on March 7-11, 2022, and will feature a range of webinars and talks, classes, resources, conversations on social media, and discussions through community forums. Among the top themes are open educational resources (OER), open access, and open educational pedagogies. 

Here are the top reasons to celebrate Open Education Week with INFOhio!

 

flyer for Educator Tools and Open Space platforms, see description in article for details1. INFOhio Platforms Have What You Need


There are many reasons to use OER. Maybe you're looking to supplement your existing curriculum. Maybe you want to find standards-aligned content to share with others. Maybe you're looking to connect with other educators around the state to grow your professional learning network. However you arrived at INFOhio and whatever your purpose, INFOhio has the tools to jumpstart your search for instructional materials and learning communities.

Check out our Platforms for Your Instructional Needs flyer (image right) to see a brief summary of Educator Tools and Open Space and how they can be used to meet educator needs for high-quality instructional materials. Also, see the article Finding Educational Resources with Educator Tools and Open Space for more details to get started.

 

2. Searching, Integrating, Sharing, and Collaborating on OER Has Never Been Easier


Over the past year, INFOhio has increased the number of tutorials, guides, webinars, presentations, and blog articles that focus on open education and maximizing the use of Educator Tools and Open Space. Check out the following resources to help get started or level up your skills in OER, find different learning communities, and create, share, and collaborate on instructional materials:

 

3. Ohio is Sharing Their Materials!


Educational organizations around Ohio have been creating and sharing openly licensed resources for all educators, parents, and students to use! Here is a selection of the Ohio-based organizations and agencies that can be found on Open Space:

Does your organization offer free learning materials to Ohio educators? If you would like to be included in INFOhio's Educator Tools and Open Space, please reach out to us at support.infohio.org.

 

4. We've added over 12,000 Instructional Materials to Open Space


The number of instructional materials that can be found on Educator Tools and Open Space continues to grow, with recent additions to Open Space reaching more than 12,000. Here are a few of the highly-rated, popular providers and sought after material types on Open Space:

  • EngageNY - 169 lesson plans, learning modules, and units of study for English language arts and math
  • Fishtank Learning - 167 units of study for English language arts and math
  • Quill - 610 interactive learning activities for English language arts
  • Google - 34 lessons, activities, learning modules, and courses for technology and computer science
  • Full Courses - 83 complete courses that have individual units, lesson plans, and more
  • Textbooks - 98 digital textbooks

To find other content and to jumpstart your own search for instructional materials on Open Space, check out our Curated Collections that feature sought-after material types, highly-rated providers, subjects, and topics. See the visual below for more:

visual of curated collections on Open Space

 

Alternatively, start a new search from scratch to find what you're looking for. In the visual below, take a look and see how easy it was to find interactive, standards-aligned resources for 8th grade English language arts.

visual of a search done in Open Space

 

These are just a few of the reasons worth celebrating Open Education Week at INFOhio! To join the conversation and events happening the week of March 7-11, 2022, visit the Open Education Week website and follow the #OEWeek hashtag on social media.

Do you have questions about accessing INFOhio's web tools? Reach out to us at support.infohio.org.

*The number of resources listed above are as of 2/28/2022 and are subject to change.

About the Author

Posted by: Matt Yauk

Matt Yauk is a Senior Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. He is a certified educator who has worked as a Business and Technology teacher in the middle and high school settings and as an educational technologist, instructional designer, and academic technology director for The Ohio State University (OSU). He has a B.S. in Education: Technical Education and Training from OSU, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Design and Technology from University of Cincinnati, founded the Learner Engagement Division within the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Distance Education (4th edition) called "Trends and Directions in Continuing Professional Development." The positive impact on student learning and educator development has always been his primary focus.

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