Oregon Open Learning Summer Newsletter

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Oregon Open Learning Summer Newsletter

Welcome Back!

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The Oregon Open Learning team hopes that you had some time to relax and recharge this summer!  As you gear up for the 2022-23 academic year and consider how you might enrich your practice and refresh your instructional materials, we invite you to engage with our Oregon Open Learning Community, where you will find support for learning about and leveraging OER to both engage students and strengthen your craft.

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  • The Oregon Open Learning team will host a statewide OER workshop on Thursday, September 29th 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.
  • Educator teams can register starting now for ISKME’s Fall Academy in collaboration with CAST and the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. Educators will learn how to use accessible Open Educational Resources (OER) to make learning more equitable and bust the barriers to learning that millions of learners experience every day. The joint Accessible OER Academy series will introduce district cohorts to how openly licensed resources can be key levers for both adapting existing resources to increase accessibility and using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to design resources that are accessible for learners with disabilities from the start. Please view the Invitation to Accessibility Professional Learning to learn more about this offering.
  • Registration for the 2022 Open Education Conference is now open! Join us for this year’s virtual convening for sharing and learning about open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives on October 17-20, 2022. Cost is $75 USD (early rate, prior to September 15, 2022) or $100 USD (standard rate, after September 15, 2022). Students can register at a discounted rate of $25 USD. Full and partial scholarships are available by application. Check out the event page for more information.


OER News

  • Check out SETDA’s Open Educational Resources: State Policies and Practices highlighting current state trends, legislation, and recommended best practices to support states in their adoption, development, and curation of OER. Download the research brief here.
  • SPARC is hosting a Knowledge Equity Discussion Series to provide “an introduction to broad concepts and considerations of epistemic injustice and knowledge equity in the areas of academic libraries and archives.” Learn more and register here.

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.

Computer Science Resources

CS Unplugged

CS Unplugged is a collection of free teaching material that teaches Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

CS Unplugged’s Teaching Computational Thinking course for educators

AI4ALL Bytes of AI

In early 2022, members of the Digital Learning Team at ODE had the pleasure of connecting with Nesara Shree, an Oregon student. Nesara reached out to ODE after experiencing the AI4ALL Bytes of AI curriculum during a summer program. Bytes of AI is a series of openly licensed lesson plans developed by AI4ALL.org that serve as an entry point for students to learn about artificial intelligence (AI). Nesara is passionate about these resources being shared with other students throughout Oregon because of the increasing impact that AI has, and is expected to have across many industries. She believes that student awareness of AI is crucial to ensuring that our communities are informed and able to influence how AI shapes our future. Read on to hear from Nesara about the importance of AI education for all students

The openly licensed AI4ALL Bytes of AI lessons are now available on the Oregon Open Learning Hub: