Exploring Free Resources for Your Learners

Online Course


I'm Joan Upell and I'll be your instructor for TIE's Reaching Out OER: Exploring Free Resources for Your Learners online course. For the majority of my 38 years in education I've been a school librarian at K-5, K-8, and K-12 buildings. However, English teacher, college adjunct instructor, state consultant, and now working with TIE on the Reaching Out project are all part of those years too. I am also currently teaching 8th grade English at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Junior High School. I'm excited to get started on this professional development opportunity with you.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns you may have about the course or the Reaching Out project:

Email: joan.upell@gmail.com Twitter: @wowapi Text: 605/200-1102 Facebook: facebook.com/joan.upell

OER: Exploring Free Resources for your Learners Course Syllabus

Course Timeline: Spring 2019

OER is an asynchronous course and may be completed at your own pace. The course will be open from February 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. Readings/viewings, activities and assignments are designed to equal a total of 15 hours of your time as required to earn one graduate college credit.

Course Description

Among the abundance of OER sites, OER Commons created by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has become one of the most recognized and widely used, in large part due to ISKME’s research studies (including two with IMLS). This online course will explore OER Commons in depth.

Course Objectives

Explore the OER Commons and related resources

Collaborate with other librarians via online platforms

Develop a working knowledge of Creative Commons and copyright

Develop a curated OER collection

Evaluation Criteria

Participants will complete assigned reading and activities.

Participants will collaborate with classmates in online discussions.

Participants will curate and share a collection of OER resources

Course Evaluation

Assigned reading and activity completion 35 pts

Online discussion participation 20 pts

Curation project 25 pts

Course reflection 20 pts

Course Navigation

Each unit of the course is linked in the headers below with individual pages. Activities and assignments are linked beneath each unit. You may also access units by clicking on their headers listed in the upper right of this Home page.

Unit 1: OER Commons

  • Unit 1, Activity 1
  • Unit 1, Activity 2
  • Unit 1, Activity 3

Unit 2: Creative Commons and Copyright

  • Unit 2, Activity 1
  • Unit 2, Activity 2

Unit 3: Curate a Collection

  • Unit 3, Activity 1
  • Unit 3, Activity 2

Unit 4: Final Project

  • Unit 4, Assignment
  • Unit 4, Course Reflection

Core Course Resources:

Course Activities and Assignments will require that you access the websites listed below, post to Facebook and/or Twitter, and submit some shared documents via Google Drive.

US Office of Educational Technology


OER Commons

Creative Commons

This project was made possible in part by IMLS, grant RE-7018-0050-18.