OER, math, and "uncertain future" article
Submitted by S Jones on June 1, 2018 - 5:39pm
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"If you want some basic facts about Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work, for example, you can go to Wikipedia, which despite its known shortcomings is at least a starting point. But if you want additional teaching resources about King geared to your grade level—a writing assignment, a lesson plan, a project—you might search OER Commons, Curriki, Amazon Inspire, OpenEd, or any number of other open-source education sites.
The results are uneven. Most of the King lesson plans for middle school social studies at Curriki, for example, are from partner organizations—not your fellow teachers. The majority of them have not been rated by users. And teachers have not taken those materials, adapted them, and re-uploaded them to share their improvements—in the OER field, unlike at Wikipedia, the revising and remixing seem to be happening offline, if at all, and the original resources are not undergoing continuous improvement. So a vital aspect of the sharing economy—the idea that everyone is a content creator—does not seem to be panning out for OER."
Now, OER are gaining a lot more traction at the college level with "open textbooks," and ... personally, I wonder if projects like openupresources.org might be game - changers.
I dove into another OER project with the Rebus Community (https://forum.rebus.community/topic/180/the-rebus-community-mission-faq) ... and now I'm contemplating the best next step. https://projects.rebus.community/project/3SRM9h569tT5H4ke2mJ3Nq/multisen... is where my project is described (I'm not sure if it's limited access to that page or not). My *wild* hope is that people over at https://floeproject.org/ might have people who want something to try their accessibility ideas out on... and of course I'll need other math people to help w/ the actual Stuff To Teach... hmmm..... hoping to help that "vital aspect... idea that everyone is a content creator..." pan out, I am....