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Open Educational Resources

2023 OER Grantee Showcase

Discover free resources developed by OSPI OER Project grantees.

May 24, 3-5 pm - 2 clock hours

OSPI OER Project Newsletter

Each month we provide recommended materials that teachers, educators, or families may find helpful. 

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Open Educational Resources


Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials in the public domain or released under an open license that permits their free use, adaptation, and sharing. OER can be produced in any medium --digital or print. They include full courses, supplemental units and lessons, videos, and any other resource used to support access to knowledge.

Washington OER Hub

The Washington OER Hub is an online library for freely sharing K-12 open educational resources created by and curated for Washington educators. The Washington OER Hub contains openly licensed instructional materials and remote learning suggestions for educators and families curated by OSPI content experts. Watch the Intro to the Washington OER Hub Webinar or review the Washington OER Hub 2022 Flyer for more information.

OER Grants

Many districts are developing or adapting openly licensed resources. As a result, we have a tremendous opportunity to share resources across districts and reduce duplication of efforts. These small, competitive grants are provided to districts developing their own OER core or unit-level instructional materials.

Resources & Guidance

Below are practical resources designed to help educators create or adapting OER to integrate into their core or supplemental instructional materials.

  • Quickstart Guide to Openly Licensed Resources | OSPI - This guide provides information on how to locate and provide attribution for openly licensed images as well as guidance on which images cannot be used due lack of copyright permission.
  • Copyright and Open Licensing Guide | OSPI - This step-by-step guide will provide you with information about open licensing and walk you through all the steps needed to apply an open license on your work.
  • OER Licensing Checklist | OSPI - Use this checklist to make sure that all the requirements for open licensing are met. Please note that it is very helpful to review this checklist BEFORE you begin development work so that you are designing your resource with open licensing requirements in mind from the beginning
  • ESSA  and OER - The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains specific language that allows school districts to channel funds from Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (Title IV, Part A) toward the use and development of OER.

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