When conceived by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, a #GoOpen District was a school district committed to providing high-quality, open educational resources to students and teachers. #GoOpen Districts had teams that planned, strategized, and organized the implementation of OER. They also had teams that implemented these plans and strategies. #GoOpen implementation teams often included classroom teachers, curriculum directors, librarians, educational technology directors, and administrators. An important activity of a #GoOpen district-level team was to assess needs and opportunities and determine specific actions that would best serve the district in the transition to open educational resources.
#GoOpen Launch Districts committed to:
#GoOpen Ambassador Districts committed to:
Across the country, there are a number of school districts looking for new instructional materials. Even if a district is not officially a #GoOpen district, it can still use OER—in fact, many districts do. For districts considering OER, the most commonly asked questions are around what content area to start in and when is the right time to start the process. The path that districts choose should be based on the goals, needs, and strengths of the district. However, most districts choose one of three following starting points: