Leadership Forum: OER and the Learning Resource Industry - Blended or on the Rocks?

Dec 07, 2016 09:30am -
Dec 07, 2016 04:30pm

Event Description

OER is in every classroom now - or should be according to legislators, education advocates, and community members. It is often heralded as not only a way for schools to save money, but also as the answer to perceived problems with materials from traditional learning resource developers. But as with any instructional materials, the impact of OER on student learning depends on a variety of factors from the quality of the content to teacher implementation. At this forum we will demystify OER, exploring how it works, what educators are looking for when they use OER in the classroom, the changing dynamic between educators and content developers, and the potential business models for success.​

The Leadership Forum is being presented by the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group in conjunction with the Center for Innovation & Digital Learning.


9:30 - 10:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 10:15 am

Welcome and Lay of the OER Landscape
OER isn’t just teachers sharing lesson plans anymore. There are now companies, foundations, and state legislatures funding and developing comprehensive PreK-12 curriculum. The products align to standards, include assessments, and offer data on student progress. We’ll start the day with an introduction to the current OER marketplace, an outline of the current players, and an overview of the topics for the day. 

10:45 - 11:00 am

Keynote Address
Richard Culatta, former Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Dept. of Education and current Chief Innovation Officer for Rhode Island, will offer his expert insights into the relationship between educators, OER, and traditional publishers. He’ll discuss:

  • What the expectations are for OER in the classroom
  • The perceived needs of educators versus their real needs
  • What publishers should be doing instead of what they are doing now
  • What business models truly make sense for publisher/OER developer partnerships

Presentation will be followed by Q&A.

11:00 - 11:45 am

Partnerships for the New Education Market
Hear from OER developers and traditional publishers working and partnering in the OER space, what business models have brought success, and where they have encountered problems. The presenters will address what demands they have received from educators regarding OER, how they are responding, and where they think the educator-publisher relationship is headed.



11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Legislative Update
The growth of OER isn’t an accident. Get an update on state and federal laws supporting the use of OER and government initiatives to increase the use of OER in schools

Jay Diskey, AAP PreK-12 Learning Group

12:00 - 12:45 pm


12:45 - 1:30 pm

Educators Talk the Ins and Outs of Using OER
Just because teachers can use OER, doesn’t mean it fits every learning need. Find out about the challenges and benefits of using OER from our panel of OER experts, including: 

  • How they monitor pedagogical consistency in the classroom, throughout the school, and across the district
  • Methods for ensuring quality content
  • Subjects/grade levels where OER works better than others
  • What PD looks like in an OER environment
  • Pitfalls to avoid



1:30 - 2:15 pm

New Business Models for OER

Producing and distributing quality content costs money – it doesn’t matter if it’s published under an open license or a proprietary one. But with much of the conversation around OER wrapped up in the language of free, how do developers continue to create and support effective learning resources? This session will examine business models from both sides: the models open license companies are using and the kinds of models proprietary publishers can use when working with OER organizations. Most important, we’ll address the issue of sustainability and how these models may need to evolve for long-term success. The session will also include insights from the recent election and how it could impact the OER market.


  • Rita Ferrandino, ARC Capital Development & Education Design Studio, Inc. GSE, University of Pennsylvania

2:15 - 3:30 pm

OER Demos
We hear and read about it every day: OER is the answer to funding problems for instructional materials. But how does it really work? Does it really save money?  What ancillary services and products have been developed to enhance OER materials? See demos from key OER providers, as well as publishers including openly licensed materials on their learning platforms, and find out how they work with educators to provide quality content for learners. 



3:30 - 4:15 pm

How Does Large-Scale OER Work?
OER was dismissed as competition until recently because many publishers didn’t believe the products could compete with their materials. But OER has entered the mainstream and become a viable part of the community. Find out how OER companies handle the important needs of the education market, such as teacher support, differentiation, accountability, interoperability, funding, and upgrading and support.



  • David Rust, Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network
  • Larry Singer, Open Up Resources (formerly the K-12 OER Collaborative)

4:15 - 4:30 pm

Group Reports and Wrap-up

Event Type:Seminar
Early registration ends on Sep 11, 2016.
Regular registration starts on Sep 12, 2016 and ends on Dec 05, 2016.
Late registration starts on Dec 06, 2016.
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