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Planning Framework for #OER Implementation


This document is intended as a guide for those state teams planning to implement Open Educational Resources (OER). The exercises included within it were completed by seven states as part of the OER Institute in November 2012. Based on the experiences of those states, the exercises have been adapted slightly and are included here as a guide to other states interested in developing systems for Open Educational Resources.

Taking into account best practices of planning and implementation and lessons learned by the states that participated in the OER Institute, we identify five key areas upon which states should focus when creating an OER implementation plan:

framework for OER implementation

To help states consider each of those five steps, this document is organized in five parts:

I. Reflecting on the current progress of OER initiatives
II. Setting a vision for OER
III. Creating a plan for implementation and building an OER system
IV. Communicating with and training educators
V. Monitoring progress and collecting feedback

Each part includes questions and templates to consider when planning for or reflecting on OER efforts. The questions and templates included herein are intended as suggestions for state teams to consider. It is important that states also consider existing plans around instructional materials and the implementation of college and career ready standards when addressing these questions, and attempt to integrate OER into existing plans to ensure coherent efforts whenever possible.

We recommend that you complete these exercises in teams, in order to gain feedback and input from the necessary leaders and stakeholders that should be engaged in this work. Potential team members include, but should not be limited to: State leaders from the curriculum and technology divisions, any state leaders currently working on OER, and district leaders from the curriculum and technology divisions.

The exercises contained in this framework are also accompanied by a slide deck, which contains additional background information that may aid teams in completing these exercises. You may also reference “Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments: A Workbook for State and District Leaders,” for additional content and examples regarding planning and implementation.

Please download the full document here : OER Planning Framework – updated 3/13/13 (licensed under CC BY)


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