Open Educational Resources
Learning Registry Accepting OER Submissions via Twitter
Participate Learning now allows educators to submit open educational resources (OERs) to its Learning Registry by tweeting a link with the #ParticipateOER hashtag.
Learning Registry was created to aggregate information about learning
resources available online so educators and students can find them more
easily. Through this Twitter campaign, Participate Learning hopes to
encourage more educators to submit OERs to the registry and
consequently increase its volume of resources.
"The success of
the Learning Registry ultimately depends on the volume of submissions,"
said Alan Warms, CEO of Participate Learning, in a news release. "This
new offering minimizes the costs and effort associated with submitting
resources to the Learning Registry."
To submit an OER to the
registry, people can simply tweet a link to it along with the
#ParticipateOER hashtag. Participate Learning and its community of
educators and digital resource experts will review all #ParticipateOER
submissions before adding them to the registry.
In the coming
weeks, Participate Learning will enable educators to provide additional
metadata about their submitted resources. After tweeting an OER with
the #ParticipateOER hashtag, senders will receive an automated reply
with a link where they can add metadata such as the resource's
publisher, location, content area and standards alignment. They will
also have the option of submitting a review of the resource.
is so much trapped wisdom in our schools that could be supporting
deeper learning for students," said Robert Dillon, director of
innovation at Affton School District, in a prepared statement.
"Participate Learning has developed a simple and elegant tool to
democratize resources for the benefit of all."
Registry is a joint effort of the Department of Education and the
Department of Defense, with support of the White House and numerous
federal agencies, non-profit organizations, international organizations
and private companies, according to information on the registry's site.
It currently contains curated links to nearly 400,000 open educational
resources. Users can search for resources by topic or browse by subject
Anybody who is interested in following the #ParticipateOER submissions can view a live stream on Participate Learning's site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].