For our K12 colleagues
Institutions of higher education have risen to the challenge of meeting their students online instruction needs. With a lot of hard work by many, flexibility, and full utilization of the great instructional support resources our institutions have, needs are being met and answered. Open educational resources are a valuable and relevant answer to those student and faculty needs. I have been delighted to help the faculty who've reached out to me for support in locating and transitioning their courses to these materials. In higher ed, we are doing it together.
It is equally important to me to acknowledge our colleagues in K12 who also have been rising to meet the challenges without the support services and online teaching platforms higher ed has access to. In a time of crisis, they have also risen to meet their students' needs in remarkable ways. Huge shout out to all of you for the work you have done and that is still ahead of you.
OER are as broadly available for K12 teachers as they are for higher ed. In fact, some institutions start their OER programs focusing on dual-credit courses and early college course offerings to ensure all students have equal and affordable access to the same level of textbooks and other learning materials.
Here are a couple of materials to get our K12 colleagues started with open education. Please download and share with your friends and children's teachers. We really are all in this together.