#GoOpen Missouri Education Initiative

Learn how educators are replacing their textbooks and moving forward with budget-friendly, internet-based digital learning opportunities for their students. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are materials for teaching and learning that are freely available to be used, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed in any classroom. Explore the OER definitions and history, learn about the OER program in Missouri, and leave with example OERs to explore, ideas for further investigation and collaboration. Discover strategies for identifying and adopting Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources (OER) that support curriculum needs. This website is designed for those who are new to Open Textbooks and OER, especially those who are considering participation in this new initiative.


  • Create & curate resources within an easily accessible online portal - Illinois https://ioer.ilsharedlearning.org
  • Identify several sources of OER in your specific discipline
  • Evaluate 1-2 OER’s for potential use in your lessons
  • Be able to describe what OERs are and their emergence in Missouri and beyond
  • Be able to explain The U. S. Department of Education’s OER Program

See Agenda Page from our first virtual connection for more details & archived links to presentations.

Who Has Joined The Go Open Movement? https://tech.ed.gov/open ---- Learn Which 20 States Have Joined Already

WHY: In 2015, the U.S. Department of Educational Technology launched an Open Education initiative “Openly licensed resources can increase equity by providing all students, regardless of zip code, access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content.”

We’re combining our skills, staff, and resources to help Missouri GoOpen. Join us for two-days of learning, collaborating and sharing of free, open educational resources (OER). YOU and your colleagues are invited to attend this FREE, collaborative workshop on Open Educational Resources to help enhance your curriculum and decrease your budget. If you would like to learn more or join us by hosting in your location, feel free to reach out.

Why Should Missouri #GoOpen?

"Openly licensed educational resources have enormous potential to increase access to high-quality education opportunities in the United States. Switching to openly licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning. Visit our Open Education page to learn how resources that are openly licensed can benefit schools."


Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology & Library Media, Parkway School District

Robert Dillon, Leadership Team, ConnectedLearning

Andy King, Educational Program Manager, MOREnet

Sherri Kulpa, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, EducationPlus

Greg Lawrence, Director of Technology, Wentzville School District

Sandy Leech, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, Hollister R-V Schools

Stephanie Madlinger, Director of Educational Innovation / METC , EducationPlus

Chris Templeton, Professional Learning Coordinator, GOCSD

Christie Terry, Director, eMINTS National Center

Jennifer Tiller, Chief Academic Officer, EducationPlus

John Waters, Director of the St. Louis RPDC, EducationPlus

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