Open Education Resources Through CK-12Posted on 04/06/2015
by Susan Coulter, Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education, Baldwin Park, CA
Posted April 2015
If you missed our December Web-based Class Activity on Open Education Resources through OER Commons, then let me just restate that according to Wikipedia, "Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and accessing as well as for research purposes." But OER Commons is not the only source for OER.
CK-12 is also an Open Educational Resource (OER) and a non-profit foundation that offers digital resources for the K-12 curriculum. All content is offered for free and the focus is on STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
CK-12 has been known for its FlexBooks, which are editable, free, and downloadable textbooks, that have been developed in step with national, state, and Common Core standards when possible. All the textbooks have been reviewed by subject mater experts to ensure adherence to those standards. And because all of the materials on the CK-12 site fall under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC license , all of the books, including the FlexBook textbooks you create, are freely available for use and adaptation by anyone using the CK-12 site.
Read more about CK-12 and how you can use it in your classroom in this month's Web-based Class Activity article.