While the OER movement is global in scope and ambition, the context of implementation matters. I contend that how educators are supported and empowered to address the problems of practice will have everything to do with the ultimate success of the OER movement in the U.S. K-12 context.
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The instructional materials procurement decisions facing K-12 school districts have never been more complicated, and how districts procure digital textbooks and instructional materials matters. Unless they’re careful, districts may be getting both more and less than they’ve bargained for in agreeing to restrictive digital content licenses.
I have a confession to make. I work in K-12 education in the U.S., and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER). I suspect that some will claim that this is a difference without a distinction. Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. I beg to disagree.