Professional Learning | Empower Teachers

OER: The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources


Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, openly licensed, high-quality tools that allow users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them for educational purposes. In this course, participants will:

  • Build an understanding of OERs.   
  • Discover ways to use OER to differentiate instruction.
  • Learn where to find free image and audio resources, online books, videos, audiobooks, interactive simulations, game-based learning, lesson plans, textbooks, online courses, and much more.
  • Explore how to use OER to develop or enhance a unit, lesson, or project to meet the diverse needs of learners.
  • Share resources and collaborate across geographic boundaries to ensure learners have equitable access to up-to-date and innovative materials.

Participants create an authentic lesson, unit, or project that uses an OER to enhance student learning. Participants also develop a plan for creating an OER that fills an unmet need in their professional practice.