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Thursday, November 7 • 1:15pm - 1:40pm
A Model for Delivering Open Educational Resources to K12 Teachers: Integration and Use in Planning and Practice

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Educational digital libraries have provided access to open educational resources for over 10 years. Although the libraries have enjoyed a high volume of visits and use of the resources, K12 teachers had not adopted and integrated the resources into their regular planning and teaching practices. In 2009, the Curriculum Customization Service (CCS) was developed to deliver online educational resources from educational digital libraries to K12 teachers as an integrated and aligned piece to their curriculum.

The CCS (ccs.dls.ucar.edu) is an online instructional planning tool designed by teachers, for teachers, with a joint research and development team from the University of Colorado Boulder and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. The CCS is designed to assist teachers in planning and implementing differentiated instruction for diverse student populations. Through an ongoing participatory design process, classroom teachers provide feedback on the system and propose new development ideas based on their current needs. The CCS provides educators with access to materials aligned to standards and the curriculum, including vetted STEM open educational resources (i.e. animations, videos, images, inquiry data) from the Digital Library for Earth System Education and the National Science Digital Library, teacher-contributed shared materials (i.e. PowerPoints, images, homework assignments, playlists), and even some publisher materials. Teachers can learn more about the practices of their peers through resource ratings, an activity feed, and shared materials. Currently the CCS is used by middle and high school Earth and physical science teachers in six school districts in Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. Over the next year the tool is being expanded to include high school Algebra and Biology.

The research and development team have collected varying data about the teacher users since the inception of the tool. This includes clickstream data for all teacher users and for a subset online surveys, phone interviews, classroom observations, and student assessments. Teachers usually participate in a face-to-face or online professional development before using the CCS, where they are introduced to it, the digital libraries providing the open educational resources, and the ?shared stuff? area where they are encouraged to share their own materials with their colleagues. Data from research indicates that teachers value and enjoy using the CCS to find and use relevant open educational resources, use resources shared by other teachers, and even use publisher materials.

This presentation will provide an overview of the CCS, the participatory design process, the integration of OER into teacher?s regular planning and teaching, an overview of research results, and future directions.

Speakers
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Heather Leary

Research Associate, University of Colorado Boulder
I am an educational researcher passionate about inquiry-based learning, open education, teacher professional learning, and technology integration (where it makes the most sense) all for increasing student knowledge and skills.


Thursday November 7, 2013 1:15pm - 1:40pm
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