The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education conducts social science research and develops research-based innovations that improve knowledge sharing in education. The Institute would build deeper engagement of educators with OER by hosting an online digital library of high-quality, trustworthy, freely available learning content; positioning curriculum improvement and data sharing as key components that support systematic implementation of the Common Core State Standards; and advancing teacher effectiveness. This work helps make OER easier to find and use and focuses the use of OER on improving teaching and learning.
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Grants to this Grantee
for creation of a prototype of Common Core learning resources based on open primary sources
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education requests funds to create an initial "canon," or collection of high-quality primary source materials, that can be accessed online by K-12 teachers and students. These core documents, likely to be selections in the areas of science, math, and social studies, could then be used to improve the rigor of curricula and assessments developed for the Common Core standards.
for general operating support
Hundreds of OER providers worldwide encourage innovation and change in teaching and learning by making content more accessible and reusable; yet OER largely have not been incorporated into mainstream education. Teachers need new skills and strategies in order to find, remix, share, and integrate open content into the classroom. Over the past eight years, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education has grown into a research leader in social learning and open education as well as a hub institution in the field of OER. This unrestricted grant would support its activities, including efforts to increase access to digital materials through its OER Commons platform; expand professional development programs that align OER to new teaching and social learning practices; and support alternative learning pathways through OER in both K-12 and community colleges.