Oregon Open Learning Fall 2022 Newsletter

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Oregon Open Learning Fall 2022 Newsletter


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  • The Oregon Open Learning team invites you to attend its OER Office Hours on November 16 between 3:30 and 4:30 pm PT. These monthly gatherings are designed to facilitate connections and conversation with the team and among Oregon educators who are exploring the possibilities that Open Educational Resources (OER) and the Oregon Open Learning Hub present. Whether you are new to the OER space or a seasoned advocate, your perspective is welcome and valued. Each session, facilitated by members of the Oregon Open Learning core team, will include space for questions, shared learning, individualized support, and open discussion about OER and the Hub. Please register in advance
  • Copyright creepies: Trolls, tribunals, and tricky myths, co-hosted by Open Oregon (Oregon’s Higher Education OER Organization) and Copyright First Responders, October 28, 12-1
  • Copyright for Complete Beginners, co-hosted by Open Oregon (Oregon’s Higher Education OER Organization) and Copyright First Responders, October 31, 12-1.
  • A new Social Emotional Learning (SEL)-focused group will be coming to the Oregon Open Learning Hub soon! To learn more about SEL in Oregon, join ODE’s Digital Learning Team and ODE’s SEL Specialist Vanessa Martinez for a panel discussion focused on the intersections of digital learning and social emotional learning titled: Digital Learning and SEL Conversation Session hosted by ODE. We have several educators joining us from across the state who serve in various roles - teachers, counselors, TOSAs, and administrators, who will share their thinking, ideas, and practices happening within their schools and districts around this intersection. The panel will take place on November 17th, 4:00-5:00PM. You can register to attend through this Zoom link. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your network and professional learning communities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

OER News

  • SURVEY: The ENCORE+ project has launched a new survey to collect data around OER innovation. The survey hopes to build a world-leading collection of cases of OER implementation, amplify interesting and important work being done in the OER world, and to form and structure their upcoming OER Innovation Evaluation Framework publication. The survey runs through November 2022. Take the survey here.
  • The GoOpen National Network is launching an important strategic policy action to advocate for integrating OER into digital equity implementations at a time when states are specifying their Digital Equity Plans. Read the #GoOpen Policy Guide for state level IT and broadband infrastructure leaders who are crafting Digital Equity plans. 
    • How to support this strategic action:
      • Forward the letter and the guide to colleagues.
      • Join discussions about how open education can connect with digital equity in your context. 
      • Advocate that digital equity planners consider integrating OER use so that all learners realize their full potential

Professional Learning Resources

  • Do you want to learn more about the Oregon Open Learning Hub? Check out the Oregon Open Learning Professional Learning Video Series. Get started with a brief Introduction to the Oregon Open Learning Hub and advance through the series to deepen your knowledge. 
  • Are you relatively new to the world of OER and not entirely clear about open licensing? Feeling unsure about what you can use or how to license the resources you’ve created? The Oregon Open Learning team has created a Canvas module on open licensing to help you recognize open licensing, understand the difference between an open license and copyright, and explain the permissions of the six Creative Commons licenses.
  • The Digital Learning Quarterly Newsletter provides resources and considerations for digital learning across instructional models.  The Digital Learning Newsletter is connected with the Key Components of Digital Learning which is a great starting place for schools and districts to turn to when designing, planning, and implementing digital learning. We encourage you to sign-up for the Digital Learning News and Updates Mailing List to get access to the newsletter.
  • The new #GoOpen Hub is now available via the digital public library OER Commons, for leaders and educators to form working groups, find or offer support, and post resources about OER strategies–from policy to practice– and to foster knowledge sharing nationally. Later this fall, the #GoOpen team will start a series of webinars that highlight essential aspects of network knowledge sharing and support–from peer mentoring to strategic planning tools for OER initiatives.

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Featured Resources

November is Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This is an opportune time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

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.

(Image: First Native American woman in space, Astronaut Nicole Mann, shows her dreamcatcher during an interview on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022)

Early Learning: 

Native American Dolls

Overview: Developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, this lesson plan presents the firsthand perspectives of five Native American doll makers from around the United States. Students examine full–color images of dolls from the museum's collection in order to learn more about the diverse cultures, communities, and environments the dolls represent.

Upper Primary:

Early Encounters in Native New York: Did Native People Really Sell Manhattan?

Overview: This online lesson provides Native perspectives, images, documents, and other sources to help students and teachers understand how the 17th century fur trade brought together two cultures, one Native and the other Dutch, with different values and ideas about exchange. Examine these differences to determine whether the exchange that took place on Manhattan in 1626 was really a land sale or not.

Middle School:

The Navajo Treaty of 1868: Why Was the Navajo Journey Home So Remarkable?

Overview: This online lesson provides Native perspectives, images, documents, and other sources to help students and teachers understand the remarkable nature of the Navajo Treaty of 1868 and why the Navajo maintained an unflinching resolve to return home. Examine the Navajo Treaty of 1868 and the nation's journey home to understand how a people's agency and strength reaffirms and rebuilds Navajo (Diné) nationhood, culture, and sovereignty.

High School:

Food and Culture of Pacific Northwest Natives

Overview: This online lesson provides perspectives from Native American community members, images, objects, and other sources to help students and teachers understand the efforts of Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest to protect and sustain salmon, water, and homelands. Scroll to begin an exploration of the Pacific Northwest history and cultures.