Illinois Open Educational Resourcesgo.nmc.org/ioer(Open Educational Resources, accessed 12 May 2014.) Illinois Open Educational Resources provides users access to searchable, open, standards-aligned educational content to remix and personalize by saving and annotating to each user’s learning library.> LeadershipOpen Education Europa go.nmc.org/openup(European Commission, accessed 12 May 2014.) The European Commission launched “Opening Up Education” to increase the use of publicly funded open educational resources in schools and universities and promote the acquisition of digital skills. > PolicyOpen Educational Resources and Collaborative Content Development: A Practical Guide for State and School Leadersgo.nmc.org/practical(TJ Bliss, DeLaina Tonks, Susan Patrick, iNACOL, 2013.) This guide describes how to create high-quality open content at scale and legally licensed, so they can be used across school, district, and state boundaries.> LeadershipMid-Range TrendResolving intellectual property issues has been crucial to supporting the movement toward OER.To aid teachers with integrating OER into their classroom practices, the OER Commons is an online hub for content curation and training that was developed by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.45The OER Commons provides teacher education on the use and creation of learning materials with Open Author, a three-step online publisher that licenses and shares the content with the OER Commons community.46In addition to offering face-to-face training sessions with the “Teachers as Makers Academy,” the project also provides a year-long mentorship program and webinar trainings as part of the “OER Fellowship Program.” OER Commons is a model for teacher education that transcends national boundaries and provides a variety of training options to teachers everywhere.47For Further ReadingThe following resources are recommended for those who wish to learn more about the increasing focus on open educational resources:
12 NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K-12 EditionIncreasing Use of Hybrid Learning DesignsMid-Range Trend: Driving educational technology adoption in schools within three to five yearsAs teachers and students alike become more familiar with and adept at using the Internet, classroom-based learning increasingly includes online learning components, hybrid learning strategies, and an increased focus on collaboration within and outside the classroom. Schools that are making use of hybrid learning models are finding that using both the physical and the virtual learning environments to their highest potentials allows teachers to further personalize the learning experience, engage students in a broader variety of ways, and even extend the learning day. Hybrid models, when designed and implemented effectively, enable students to use the school day for group work and project-based activities, while using the network to access readings, videos, and other learning materials on their own time, leveraging the best of both environments.