Open Educational Resources (OER) and Adult Education

[female announcer ] Open Educational
Resources are no-cost teaching and learning materials available online to anyone to use, modify or share with others. Open Educational Resources can enhance the adult learning classroom through the sharing, use, and reuse of
information and instructional materials. OER are openly licensed which means they are free to use and share, and they can be repurposed or adapted by
teachers and learners for the adult education classroom. Open Educational Resources are powerful
resources for adults to share and gain knowledge. This benefit is particularly valuable for adult
learners who are looking for a second chance to get their high school equivalency diploma, improve their English language skills, and the chance for a better job. – I decide to come back to school to better myself and to get a better job. – I don't want to stay at fast food all my life. You can't get anywhere in life in a business that you want to do without completing your tests. – I'm trying here in the US to get a better
education, better English, and get a diploma. – I really believe that OER's bridged the gap between textbook knowledge and actual hands-
on learning, and we know that students learn best when they're involved in their own learning. – With the online activity, they have the opportunity to practice on their own. I've given them a couple of the websites. They go home, they practice it. With that, they give themselves the followup. They are more likely to retain what they have
learned because of the practice, and the practice is made
easy with the online resources we get from the Open Educational Resources. [announcer] The teaching of STEM– science, technology, engineering, and math– has become vital for adults to succeed in the
workplace. But over 30 million adults possess poor literacy
skills and even more have low numeracy and digital problem-solving skills. – In this century, we think of creating an
infrastructure for adult learning in our country that will actually allow individuals to access high-quality learning content at times that work
for them, at locations that work for them, and in ways of presenting the material that work for them. [announcer] High-quality Open Educational
Resources that are adapted to the adult education
classroom help fill the gap between what instructors can do with existing materials in the adult education
classroom and the deeper content they want students to
learn. OER also offers students an opportunity to direct their own learning both in and outside the
classroom. – With the students, the way they interact with the resources online, you see them trying to figure out something, and the moment they get it, they're like,"Wow, we nailed it!" You see their excitement all over that. They are happy. That helps them to learn. That on its own is an encouragement. – Using the OERs and showing them, you can see them kind of wake up, and you can see the ones that begin to take it
home and begin to start and they're just growing. You can see the ones that are using them on
their phones, and so, that is changing, and that's exciting to watch it change, and seeing it so successful in the math makes me want to make it successful in the other things I teach. – For me, it's a really big help because it's like having a teacher at home explaining step-by-step. [announcer] Open Educational Resources can
be anything– lesson plans, websites, interactive activities, streaming video lectures, documents, online
textbooks, even entire courses of study. – My main go-to source is the OER Commons, and one thing that is nice about their website is that it's subdivided by grade levels, by subject areas. When I have a group of students, maybe– even though they're adults– they're functioning at a junior high level, I can put those filters on the website and then look through resources that are going to
be appropriate for that level of learning and comprehension. – When a teacher has access to Open
Educational Resources that are of high quality, a number of things
happen. First of all, the teacher will not only see different
ways that a learning content can be presented in ways that are meaningful to adult learners, particularly adult learners that may face significant barriers, so the teacher will not only get a sense of how he or she can facilitate learning in effective ways. Open Educational Resources also facilitate the
development of content knowledge, subject matter knowledge for teachers. [announcer] More than ever, information and digital resources are available to bring exciting new content into the adult education classroom. Teachers and students can create Open
Educational Resources and share OER with others. Teachers can modify or create OER to fit their
instruction, and students can access OER at no cost from
anywhere. OER enhances teacher and learning interaction with science and math concepts and prepares adults for further education and
training and a lifetime of learning. The OER movement is growing in adult
education. Teachers and learners with knowledge to share or a desire to learn can grow with it. To open your classroom, join the efforts to create, reuse, and adapt quality open materials that support adult learning.

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