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New Learning In Action - Case Study

Open Educational Resources

ISKME'S OER Commons ( is an open teaching and learning network that facilitates the discovery and improvement of high-quality digital resources that are free, open and available for a diverse range of learners. OER Commons, which features tools for standards alignment, rubrics for quality review and Open Author, an integrated, easy-to-use digital resource authoring and remixing environment, has served millions of users in over 193 countries around the world since 2007.
CK-12 ( addresses the growing costs of textbooks and the closed, outdated medium in which they are available. Focusing specifically on textbooks for U.S. K-12 schools, the nonprofit works with states and institutions to build web-based, collaborative "flexbooks" that are free to use and adapt in multiple formats. Over 90 textbooks are available for reuse under Creative Commons licenses.
Leadership Public Schools ( is a consortium of four urban charter high schools in the Bay Area that uses OER as a core philosophy and organizing process. Instructional resources are digital, editable and continually iterated through a process of "collaborative innovation." Staff regularly employ a design process to develop ed tech tools, curriculum resources, assessment strategies and general program improvement to address the challenges of their high-poverty, low-income high schools and similar schools around the world.
WikiSeat ( is an open-source platform for furniture design. Hands-on learning provides unexpected ways to explore abstract concepts in core subjects such as science, mathematics, English and literature. Students are encouraged to document their process and share it online, creating opportunities for crucial new 21st century literacies.
Connexions ( is a repository and collaborative platform of materials that breaks down larger educational content, such as textbooks and courses, into basic building blocks known as modules. Each module has a corresponding web page, so educators can mix and match pages to create custom lessons. All 20,000 modules are licensed under Creative Commons, so they can be continually edited, translated and adapted.
The Khan Academy ( offers over 5,000 instructional videos from basic algebra to advanced chemistry, biology and even the banking crisis. Three and a half million learners use the site each month. All videos are licensed under Creative Commons, with some already translated into Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi and more. The Khan Academy is currently exploring a system that awards learning points and badges as students progress.
Other networks are also helping educators support each other in their professional development. New professional platforms are emerging that provide teachers with access to peer support and enable them to share resources. For example, LearnZillion, BetterLesson and Share My Lesson provide platforms that permit sharing of lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Net Texts, an OER-based platform, provides tools for teachers to develop and share their curriculum.
Classroom 2.0 and Edmodo are providing tools to connect teachers to peers around the world. In Australia, the country's 280,000 public school teachers are being linked together through a custom-built social network. The network allows teachers to find and get help from colleagues who are dealing with the similar issues. Participants have access to a visual "dashboard" that lets them see what discussion topics are most popular and find information of interest to them.13