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Wednesday, November 19 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
A Grassroots Approach to Supporting OER Literacy Development with Rural Teachers

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This presentation outlines our unique approach in developing open educational resource literacies with rural teachers across the state of Idaho. While methods of OER induction have often tended to have a top-down approach led by the university or state, our center will offer four free summer institutes focused on empowering K-12 educators to become content creators as well as consumers of open educational resources. Empowering educators to become creators of their own content becomes especially important when taking into consideration the push for Common Core standards. Our goal is to help teachers create their own curriculum adapted to local contexts while still meeting Common Core standards. Educators creating their own open resources will not only be more cost efficient, but will also allow for educators to implement texts that only include information essential to their curriculum and region, rather than using only portions of a monolithic, externally adopted text.

At the time of our presentation, all four summer workshops will have been completed and qualitative data based on the institutes will have been collected and analyzed to determine effective processes and barriers to supporting OER literacy development. In this presentation, we aim to share our process and experiences with our summer institutes, our findings, and how these workshops will shape the opportunities our educational institutions offer in the future. More precisely, we would like participants to walk away understanding the structure of these institutes and how that structure changed based on the feedback and outcomes of previous sessions. Additionally, we would like to share qualitative data collected on what it is like from a teacher's perspective to undergo the process of becoming an open educator. Finally, we would like to outline our future goals of understanding the impact of the implementation of open educational resources, including the difficulties or ease of implementing such materials and the influence the materials have in teachers' classrooms.

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Cassidy Hall

Director and Assistant Professor, University of Idaho Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning
I assist university faculty, pre-service teachers at the university, and k12 teachers around the state with integrating technologies in their classrooms. For k12 teachers, this support is in the form of professional development and often pd credit. I also experiment with many technologies to test out educational applications. | You can access my presentation at: | bit.ly/BuildingBridges16
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Royce Kimmons

Assistant Professor & Director, University of Idaho

Wednesday November 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm

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