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Wednesday, November 19 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Recipe for Success – A Behind the Scenes Tour of the 'OER Kitchen' at Mountain Heights Academy

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Mountain Heights Academy, formerly Open High School of Utah, is an online, public charter school serving 500 students in grades 7-12. Part of our mission is for teachers to find, create, and customize open educational resource content to best meet student needs. Since the school opened in 2009, students have been hungry consumers of OER curriculum, but have not been consciously aware of what they were consuming. In 2011, a couple of teachers invited a handful of students to collaborate with them to augment, supplement, or replace existing open resources - with exciting results. Students became more invested in their own performance, in addition to wanting to help others succeed. Based on student feedback and level of interest, Mountain Heights launched a school-wide campaign in 2012 to increase student OER awareness, and to invite greater levels of student/student, and student/teacher collaboration in content creation. By 2013, students were actively creating content in multiple subject areas, using a variety of methods, and had grasped key benefits of the power of OER, such as customization, deeper learning, engagement, legacy, and motivation. The school conducted quarterly contests to incentivize students to consider additional content creation throughout the semester.

Although the ingredients change according to subject and need, the process is generally the same, and the outcome is promising. Come and hear from Mountain Heights' sous-chefs and see what they have been creating in the OER kitchen this year.

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DeLaina Tonks

Director, Mountain Heights Academy
I am the Director of Mountain Heights Academy (formerly the Open High School of Utah), an online 7-12 grade public charter school committed to building and sharing OER curricula. I'm passionate about digital learning, OER, students as instructional designers, and pedagogy.

Wednesday November 19, 2014 11:00am - 11:30am EST

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