Open Range Wyoming

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Open Range Wyoming is a statewide repository of openly-licensed educational resources and support Wyoming school districts and educators s they make the transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

One of the most popular definitions of OER, shared by the Hewlett Foundation, states that: “OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”

Why is OER Beneficial?

  • OERs are “open” and “free” to use, in some cases decreasing expenses as they replace traditional textbooks
  • OERs are available online, providing a wider range of access to students and teachers who may be more remote
  • The digital nature of OERs means shorter update and dissemination cycles, keeping better pace with new information
  • OERs can enhance traditional classroom resources, providing differentiated and/or directed study
  • Diverse sources of OER help expand access to information that may not be available locally
  • OER promote social responsibility, providing access to information for everyone, everywhere!

Why is Wyoming developing it’s own OER platform?

Wyoming is dedicated to creating and sharing high-quality units, lessons, and resources that have been aligned to current Wyoming State Content Standards. We want to ensure that all resources shared with our educators are of superior quality, are easy to download and customize for their students, and serve as a tool to increase student engagement and achievement.

Who submits and monitors the resources?

Wyoming educators will submit all resources. These resources can include:

  • Lesson Plans
  • Full Units
  • Videos
  • Exams, Quizzes, or other assessment tools

The Open Range Design Team Vetting Subcommittee will monitor all resources submitted. This is a team made up of educators, administrators, and Wyoming Department of Education professionals created for the purpose of gathering all submitted resources and moving them each through a stringent vetting process to ensure all posted resources are of high quality and aligned to Wyoming State Content Standards.

When will Open Range Wyoming be launched?

Open Range Wyoming will be officially launched on August 1, 2018. Formal communications and information regarding the launch and availability will become available in Summer of 2018.

Who will be able to utilize Open Range Wyoming?

All educators, parents, and students can access Open Range Wyoming. Wyoming educators will be able to download and customize any teaching resource they find on the site and use it to fit the needs of their students.

Will you need any training to utilize Open Range Wyoming?

No! The Open Range Wyoming website is user friendly and meets all ADA accessibility requirements.

Creative Commons Licensing

Creative Commons helps consumers and creators of media break through the traditional barriers of traditional, all rights reserved copyright. Creators determine the rights they want to allow and use the CC formula to let other’s know what they’ll allow.

  • Encourages using, mixing, and reusing materials
  • Clearly articulates usage without having to contact the creator
  • Provides easy to follow guidelines of acceptable use through free copyright licenses
  • Easy to follow symbols to determine usage rights
    • CC = Creative Commons
    • BY = Attribution
    • SA = Share Alike
    • NC = Non-Commercial
    • ND = No Derivatives
  • Rights can be combined to create a license
    • BY-SA = Attribution, Share Alike
    • BY-NC = Attribution, Non-Commercial
    • BY-NC-ND = Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives

OER Professional Development

Wyoming State Libraries-OER Availability

  • Wyoming State Libraries-Paige Bredenkamp
  • April 12, 2018
  • 10:00-11:00 am
  • To join webinar click here.

Code.org OER Availability

  • Code.org
  • April 19, 2018
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

OER Use in the Classroom

  • Sharon Seaton
  • April 26
  • 4:00-5:00 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

State Museum OER Availability & Use

  • Wyoming State Museum-Nathan Doer
  • May 1, 2018
  • 3:30-4:30 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

OER Use in the Classroom Tips and Tricks

  • Weston County School District 7
  • May 15, 2018
  • 3:30-4:30 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

Use of OERs in the Classroom

  • #GoOpen- Sara Trettin
  • May 17
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

High Quality OERs

  • QM (Quality Matters)
  • May 22, 2018
  • 3:30-4:30 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

Creating High-Quality OERs

  • TIE & Julie Erickson
  • May 30, 2018
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

OER Use in the Classroom

  • Sharon Seaton
  • June 4
  • 2:30-3:30 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

WDE Website and Standards Navigation

  • WDE Standards Team
  • June-12
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • To join webinar click here.

Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning (LBDL)-Wyoming Cohort #2

  • Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
  • June 12-14, 2018

Future Ready Educator Training

  • Future Ready & WDE
  • October 9
  • 8:30-3:30

Future Ready Librarians Training

  • Future Ready & WDE
  • October 10
  • 8:30-3:30

Contact

For questions about Open Range Wyoming or to share your interest in participating, please contact Alicia Vonberg at alicia.vonberg@wyo.gov or at 307-777-3679.