Wyoming Digital Learning Plan April 2020 Newsletter

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APRIL 2020

Welcome to the Digital Learning Plan (DLP) monthly newsletter

Welcome to the Digital Learning Plan (DLP) monthly newsletter. This newsletter will explore the Wyoming Department of Education’s (WDE) DLP, its goals, and suggested strategies to ensure equitable access to opportunities and success in postsecondary, career, and civic life.


Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

This month an initiative is focused around the DLP Future Ready Framework gear Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. The goals of this gear are:

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Gear
  • Provide a common understanding of what students should        know, understand, and be able to do specific to digital learning and digital citizenship.
  • Technology is used to gather and utilize data to inform                educators and students with personalizing instruction.
  • Educators use instructional practices that shift their role to be    facilitators of learning.

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

About OERs

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are freely available resources that can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed, based on licensing information. OERs include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support student learning. The WDE has a platform, Open Range Wyoming, with vetted OER resources aligned to Wyoming Content and Performance Standards that was developed and implemented as an initiative of the DLP.

OER Course

In April, the WDE focused on providing resources to support districts in implementing their Adapted Learning Plans. A side initiative related to this ultimate goal was the refinement of OER. On April 20, WDE launched the Canvas Course titled Open Educational Resources. This free, open enrollment course is focused within six modules. The first three cater to utilizing OER within the classroom and is intended as another tool for the educator’s tool box. The second three modules are dedicated to copyright information, curation of materials, and implementation of advanced OER concepts. 

Open Range Wyoming

Open Range Wyoming Screenshot

The Open Range Wyoming platform is dedicated to developing and sharing OERs from around the state, and around the world, for use by educators, students, and families. The following are ways to interact with the platform.

Submit Resources

In order to submit resources in Open Range, please register and sign in to the website. Submitting resources in Open Range is straightforward, simple, and completed in three easy steps. 

Step 1: Enter the Web Address.

Step 2: Name and Describe the Resource.

Step 3: Preview and Submit the Resource.

Once the resource is submitted, a vetting process occurs in which the resource is reviewed for content and copyright applicability. Once approved, the resource is added to the Wyoming Open Range Hub for use by all.


Open Range Wyoming also features a group function which allows an individual to contribute and support other Wyoming OER users. This is an outstanding resource and has numerous filterable options to assist with individualized desired content support. 

Open Range Wyoming Groups Screenshot


For more information about OERs or Open Range Wyoming, contact Dustin Brown at dustin.brown1@wyo.gov.

Stay Tuned

Next month’s Digital Learning Plan Newsletter will focus on state initiatives involving the Future Ready Framework gear Use of Time.

For more information on the Wyoming Digital Learning Plan or the Future Ready Framework, contact Robin Grandpre at 307-777-5315 or robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov