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Wednesday, November 19 • 10:15am - 10:45am
OER in K-12: How can we best advance adoption?

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In this session, which will be structured as an open discussion among participants, we'll talk about OER adoption in K-12. While OER awareness in K-12 has increased, actual use is not accelerating as quickly as expected.

With this as a premise, we'll explore the current K-12 use of OER, where it is succeeding and where it is lagging. Where is adoption and use happening? Where is it not happening? What types of environments are most interested in K-12 OER? What are the areas of strong interest that are most likely to lead to deeper use? What needs do K-12 educators have in this regard? What types of content, learning experiences, delivery models, etc. do they want? What type of ongoing support do they need? What other user issues or needs should we be thinking about?

The goal of this session will be not to focus on the barriers of OER adoption in K-12, but instead to look at where there are opportunities for increased use and to identify what might help solidify that use. Possible topics to explore may include policy, research needs, quality, adoption decision support, professional development, etc. These issues will be examined at the federal, state, district, school, and grassroots levels, as relevant and of interest to the group assembled at the session.

The format of this session will be a facilitated conversation rather than a presentation. Questions such as those suggested above will be framed in an inquiry progression to encourage design thinking and innovative approaches from the panelists and the audience.The facilitator will pose questions for brainstorming, and the conversation points will be recorded on an interactive document, which can be used by all during the session and afterward.

It is hoped that by the end of this session, several concrete, actionable items will be identified and then fleshed out for future work.

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Sara Frank Bristow

Founder, Lead Researcher, Salient Research LLC
Sara is an education researcher and consultant in global K-12 and higher education, with an emphasis on blended and online education (policy and practice), OER, and the use of wikis as educational tools. Clients and collaborators include the OER Research Hub (The Open University), the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Evergreen Education Group, CompetencyWorks, Wiki Strategies, The University of Mississippi, and KMDI... Read More →
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Karen Fasimpaur

K12 Open Ed
I am passionate about the potential of open resources to engage learners and differentiate learning, especially in K-12. | | I run a small ed tech consulting company, am a community leader for the School of Ed on P2PU, and am a prolific writer.
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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.

Wednesday November 19, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am
Virginia Ballroom

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