This introduction was recorded to introduce a video creation contest asking users to submit videos on the theme "why open education matters" & mentions the administration's plans and new directions related to educational excellence and technology
March 2015 - "The new U.S. Open Government Partnership National Action Plan to promote Open Educational Resources and building momentum for Federal open education initiatives. The availability of high-quality, low-cost digital content in our schools is a priority for the President and a pillar of his ConnectED Initiative. Fostering the use of Open Educational Resources in our nation’s K-12 and post-secondary classrooms can help meet this goal."
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use without charge. For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.
More than 44,000 open educational courses & resources in a shared, curated, online repository. Many of these resources have been peer-reviewed. MERLOT II went live in early 2014. The organization now uses the Quality Matters online educational rubric to ensure quality in the materials that are posted to MERLOT.
Funded by the Gates Foundation & the Washington State legislature & managed by that state's Board of Community & Technical Colleges, this library of courses were designed to help reduce costs of educational materials for higher education students while retaining the highest possible quality of those resources.
Lumen Learning supports faculty as they identify and select high quality OER, align these to learning outcomes, and assemble them to make high quality OER-based courses. We then provide free access to these openly licensed courses to the education community.
Open educational resources in small modules, including open textbooks. Supported by William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 20 Million Minds Foundation, Maxfield Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Rice University. Powered by OpenStax CNX
Peer-to-Peer University is a set of online courses that are created by anyone who wants to contribute to them and can be taken for free by anyone. Their tagline is "LEARNING BY EVERYONE. FOR EVERYONE. ABOUT ALMOST ANYTHING. COMPLETELY FREE"