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 as they make the transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools.

Open Range Wyoming will be officially launched in 2019. 

Be a trailblazer and help populate the Open Range Wyoming hub with resources!

The WDE will sponsor six Open Education Resource (OER) Workshops this summer. In these two-day workshops, you will:

  • Receive training on OERs.
  • Find high quality OERs and adapt them to your class.
  • Create customized materials for your classroom aligned to Wyoming Standards.
  • Integrate OERs into your Learning Management System (LMS).

Workshops Dates

  • Cheyenne – June 12-13
  • Casper – June 24-25
  • Powell – June 26-27
  • Green River – July 10-11
  • Jackson Hole – July 22-23
  • Gillette – July 25-26

Space is limited. Register today to save a spot!

Open Range Wyoming Banner to register for the OER Summer Workshops.

Summer is a valuable time. Why spend two days of it working on OERs? All educators who attend the full two-day workshop will receive:

  1. $200 attendance stipend
  2. One (1) PTSB credit
  3. Travel stipend (if traveling more than 60 miles one way)

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.”

  • 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!

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

Decoding Creating Commons Licenses. Public Domain-Redistribute, revise, remix without" attributing source. By-Redistribute, revise, remix. Share alike-redistribute, revise, remix using the same license as the original. Non commercial-Redistribute, revise, remix for non commercial use only. Non Commercial share alike- Redistribute, revise, remix, using the same license as the original for non commercial use only. Non derivative- redistribute in its entirety. Non commercial non derivative- redistribute in its entirety for non commercial use only. CC by indicates you must always attribute source. By Carilean Cooney, licensed under a CC 4.0 license, remixed from Nicole Allen's Open Educational Resources presentation, via CC 4.0 license.


For questions about Open Range Wyoming or to share your interest in participating, please contact Alisa Cook at or at 307-777-3679.