Oregon Open Learning Spring 2022 Newsletter

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 Oregon Open Learning Spring 2022 Newsletter


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  • The Oregon Open Learning team invites you to a conversation about open educational resources (OER) in K-12 and higher education settings. The purpose of this interactive session is to facilitate connections and collaboration on OER between K-12 and Higher Education partners. Breakout room topics will include OER for Dual Enrollment, OER in Educator Preparation, and OER in K-12 and Higher Education. Please register in advance to join the discussion on Monday, April 25 from 2:30-4:00 pm (PDT)!
  • The Oregon Open Learning team will host a statewide OER workshop on Tuesday, May 10th from 4:00-5:30 pm (PDT). This virtual workshop will be an interactive professional learning event that will provide participants an opportunity to learn about open educational resources (OER) and the Oregon Open Learning Hub, Oregon’s K-12 repository for OER. Register in advance for the event and share the opportunity with your colleagues. 

OER News

  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, OR, is hiring a full-time faculty Textbook Affordability Librarian to lead OER, Low-Cost Text, and other collection-focused initiatives to support students and faculty at CCC. Application closes 4/10. 
  • Open Oregon Educational Resources seeks course pilot instructors to design, develop, deliver, revise, and share open course designs that make use of our NEW Spanish translation of an open textbook for college success courses. Read more about the project and the Oregon edition of the textbook.
    • An opportunity to sign up as a pilot instructor is open to high school educators teaching dual-credit courses. Please use this form to sign up, even though the deadline for first consideration has passed. 
  • Many conversations around open education (OE) focus on a Eurocentric framework of copyright and intellectual property rights that are sometimes in tension with Indigenous knowledge systems. In Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library’s Indigenous Knowledges and Open Education Panel presenters discuss an ‘in the works’ edited volume which centers in Indigenous ways of knowing, culture, experiences, and worldviews within the work of open education pedagogy and advocacy work. 
  • #OPENED22 SAVE THE DATE: The Open Education Conference is excited to announce that #OpenEd22 will be held as a virtual event on October 17-20, 2022. Organized through a community-driven process, the 2022 Open Education Conference seeks to engage advocates and practitioners who strive to make education more accessible, affordable, and equitable to everyone. (OER Digest, Vol. 149)
  • In preparation for Earth Month, ISKME’s librarians have curated resources on climate education. The K-12 collections can be found on the ISKME K-12 Teaching & Learning Hub as “featured collections”. Resources are organized by education level as well as by the content providers including NOAA and SERC.

Professional Learning Resources

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Featured Resources 

Featured resources have been curated to groups on the Oregon Open Learning Hub. Groups are a working collaborative space. Within each group, you will find resources in all stages of development and of various "grain sizes," from an activity or strategy all the way up to units or full courses of content. While resources found in groups have not undergone a full evaluation process, they are reviewed by group administrators at ODE to ensure that resources are appropriate for the grade level and content area they are tagged with, they are fact/evidence-based, and they do not contain material that is harmful or otherwise inappropriate for an education setting.

Early Learning

Arts: Visual Art Curriculum - Grade 1

These active process-oriented lessons focus on concepts of line direction and type, organic shape, 3-D form, real and implied texture, secondary color, and principles of composition. Literacy-infused lessons explore text direction/spacing, observation, description, and story elements through drawing, painting, collage, clay modeling and printmaking.

Upper Primary

Science: Forces and Interactions - Grade 3

In this unit, students investigate how to protect a passenger in a mock car crash. Students learn about forces, including magnetic forces, and how they interact with objects. Students engineer a solution to protect a play-dough model based on what they have learned. Language focus is on describing movement, patterns, and supporting claims with evidence.

Middle School

Mathematics: Electric Motorcycle Race - Grade 7

This is a Grade 7 Math in Real Life lesson. Math in Real Life (MiRL) supports the expansion of regional networks to create an environment of innovation in math teaching and learning.  The focus on applied mathematics supports the natural interconnectedness of math to other disciplines while infusing relevance for students.  MiRL supports a limited number of networked math learning communities that focus on developing and testing applied problems in mathematics.  The networks help math teachers refine innovative teaching strategies with the guidance of regional partners and the Oregon Department of Education.

High School

Language Arts and Social Science:

Deepfakes - Exploring Media Manipulation

Students examine what deepfakes are and consider the deeper civic and ethical implications of deepfake technology. In an age of easy image manipulation, this lesson fosters critical thinking skills that empower students to question how we can mitigate the impact of doctored media content. This lesson plan includes a slide deck and brainstorm sheet for classroom use.