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Friday, November 8 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Evaluating OER Quality

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The Washington state legislature found that the recent adoption of Common Core standards provided an opportunity for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to identify a library of current, high-quality, openly licensed courseware that could be accessed by K-12 school districts statewide.

It may be free, but is it any good?? The question of quality is one of the overriding issues in the OER field. To address that issue, Washington state has developed a process for evaluating Common Core-aligned OER materials. In April 2013, groups of math and ELA educators convened to review OER materials in Algebra 1 and select ELA units. Results of this review as well as all the review tools are available to share as districts consider utilizing open resources. This session will cover the rubrics, process, and outcomes used in the evaluation process.

1. Participants will understand district quality and implementation concerns for K12 OER materials.
2. Participants will understand the issues behind Washington?s OER rubric, including a discussion of material grain-size, reuse of existing rubrics, scoring, and sharing.
3. Participants will learn about Washington state?s experiences, both good and bad, with an OER review process.

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Barbara Soots

OER and Instructional Materials Program Manager, OSPI
Barbara Soots is the Open Educational Resources Program Manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington. She implements state legislation directing creation of an openly licensed courseware library with alignment to state K-12 learning standards. She also manages an awareness campaign informing school districts about open resources and their importance in the changing educational landscape.

Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Painted Horse

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