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Free Resources for Madison & Beyond : Open Educational Resources for K-12

A guide collecting free & open resources for the UW-Madison and Greater Madison community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Open Pedagogy

From BCcampus OpenEd: "Open pedagogy, also known as open educational practices (OEP), is the use of open educational resources (OER) to support learning, or the open sharing of teaching practices with a goal of improving education and training at the institutional, professional, and individual level. When you use open pedagogy in your classroom, you are inviting your students to be part of the teaching process, participating in the co-creation of knowledge." Read more about Open Pedagogy at the Open Pedagogy Notebook.

How Can OER Help?

Due to requirements of physical distancing many students may be e-learning. Teaching students may have lost access to physical textbooks. Parents may be looking for new innovative ways to incorporate educational activities to their everyday routines. Open Educational Resources incorporate technology to enrich the learning experience and are often available digitally. OER are customizable, allowing you to edit and share them as they fit your needs and those of learners. They're perpetually accessible with a stable internet connection and can fill the gap left by the need to physically distance in this time.

Open Educational Resources for K-12

Free Learning Resources for K-12

Math & Science




What are OER?

Open Educational Resources (more commonly referred to as OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing* by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. For more information visit our Resources for Learning About OER page.

Permissions with OER

David Wiley's 5R Permissions

Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content

Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways

Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself

Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new

Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others