Open Education Resources
The Learning Accelerator believes that access to high-quality instructional materials plays an important role in students' ability to achieve strong and improved learning outcomes. By shifting to OER, we have the opportunity to provide every teacher and student in the U.S. with access to free, digital, high-quality full course materials, resulting in better learning and significant cost savings.
By taking advantage of OER, districts can:
- Break out of the traditional textbook purchasing cycle and the emerging model of leasing digital content, and move to a model where districts have complete control of the materials they use.
- Save significant amounts of money as compared to commercial instructional materials, and at the same time end up with materials that are much better aligned to state standards.
- Deliver materials to students both digitally and in print, and change and update materials more frequently to meet local needs and provide improved content.
Also, there is a growing need for high-quality materials to enable educators to meet the instructional shifts and needs for deeper learning embedded in the Common Core State Standards.