Dive into OER Training

Dive Into OER 
January - December 2019

Educators are getting started with Open Educational Resources, called OER. To provide support, the REMC Association is offering “Dive into OER” with the goal of building a statewide network of advocates and facilitators to train peers. These individuals will learn about OER and the #GoOpen Michigan website during a two-day workshop, and then share this information within their school communities.

What is Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER - a singular reference) is free and openly licensed educational material that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. Open Educational Resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, videos, assessments, software, and many other materials used to support learning. OER can range from a small learning activity to a curricular unit, to a course textbook, to even a full course.  OER is appropriate for learning at any age. 

OER may be modified, adapted, or redistributed without permission from the copyright holder. The “open” license allows anyone to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them - commonly referred to as the “5 R’s of OER.”  These permissions are granted through a Creative Commons (CC) license that is applied to the resource, instead of a traditional copyright license. 

OER benefits student learning and achievement by providing instructional materials that are up-to-date, relevant, and fit the unique needs of an educator’s diverse student population. Educators can save a significant amount of time finding and developing resources, as well as having the opportunity to collaborate with other educators across geographic, time and space boundaries. The use of OER also helps to promote shifts in instructional practice and curriculum planning, along with ensuring accessibility for student accommodations. Finally, OER is free so cost is not a barrier to accessing high-quality resources.

We are looking for education professionals from a variety of backgrounds including curriculum, technology, district and building administrators, and classroom teachers to become Dive into OER advocates and facilitators. Participants do not need any previous experience with OER.  

By registering for Dive into OER, participants commit to the following:

  • Attend the entire two-day workshop
  • Support two local OER events following the workshop. Ideally, participants would lead one local event and lend support to a second one
  • Become an OER advocate in their Michigan county. 

Participants will receive:

  • Free attendance at the two-day Dive into OER workshop, with lunch provided
  • Time and supports to plan an OER workshop in participants’ home school or district, or at the county level
  • Ongoing supports to finalize and lead the local Dive Into OER workshop(s)
  • Collaboration within a network of educators passionate about OER 
  • $150 stipend (after they have fulfilled all project commitments)

The two-day Dive into OER workshops are offered at locations across the state.  The Dive into OER workshop is free and offers 10 free SCECHs.  To see where prior participants are from check out this map.

September 17 & 18  |  9:30 am - 3:30 pm 
Clare-Gladwin RESD (REMC)
4041 E. Mannsiding Rd., Clare MI 48617 (Map)

October 30 & 31 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm   
Oakland Schools (REMC 17)
2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford MI 48328 (Map)

Ready to sign up as a participant? Online registration is available here. 

Questions About the Local Dive Into OER Sessions Offered by Trained Participants

Q: Will participants offer the exact same training back at their local district/county?
A: They can, however, it is actually preferable if participants craft training events that incorporate OER into their existing repertoire. 

Q: How long will the training be back at the local level?
A: Each participant will craft their own to meet current needs.  Some may schedule an hour-long introduction to OER session, some may have a full day OER workday, with a lot of variability in between. 

Q: What other resources are available to Trained Participants?

Questions About Being a Dive Into OER Participant

Q: What are you looking for in participants?
A: A willingness to work with other educators; an openness to applying the training ideas and materials in ways that make sense within current jobs. 

Q: How will the stipend be paid?
A: The stipend will be paid to the participant’s place of employment to offset travel, sub and other costs.

Q: I work at a small school so will not be able to impact as many people - can I still facilitate?
A: YES! In a perfect scenario, we would be training at least one educator in every school district.

Q: I am interested in this, but at this time unable to attend any of the offered training sessions.  What can I do?
A: Still fill out the registration form, but when you get to the question asking if you want more information or want to sign up for the training, use the Other option to share your interest.  If we add training sessions in the future, we will be sure to reach out to you.  We also will be able to share information regarding other OER events.


For more information,
please email us.

Kay Hauck
Dive into OER Project Manager
Director/Instructional Technologist, REMC 5

Melinda Waffle
Dive into OER Project Manager
Educational Technology Consultant
& REMC 12E Director
(269) 789-2421