SOURCE: Participate Learning

Participate Learning

February 25, 2016 11:02 ET

UPDATE - With New #ParticipateOER Hashtag, Teachers Can Now Submit Open Educational Resources to the Learning Registry via Twitter

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2016) - Participate Learning today is announcing a new offering that empowers K-20 educators to seamlessly add Open Educational Resources to the Learning Registry simply by tweeting the resource URL alongside the #ParticipateOER hashtag. This offering was launched in order to support the #GoOpen Campaign from the U.S. Department of Education, which encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials.

"The success of the Learning Registry ultimately depends on the volume of submissions. This new offering minimizes the costs and effort associated with submitting resources to the Learning Registry," said Alan Warms, CEO of Participate Learning. "There is no requirement that involves learning a new system or signing up to a website or application. Just simply tweet with the hashtag and you're done with the submission. The goal is to encourage many more educators to submit to the Learning Registry."

The Learning Registry -- a joint effort of the Department of Education and the Department of Defense -- acts as an aggregator of metadata, including the publisher, location, content area, standards alignment, ratings, reviews, and more. A live stream of submitted resources to the Learning Registry is accessible at www.participate.com/chats/participateoer. In the coming weeks, Participate Learning will enable teachers who tweet Open Educational Resources alongside #ParticipateOER to provide additional metadata about the resource. Upon submission, teachers will be automatically tweeted a link, which will enable them to provide additional metadata and reviews. Participate Learning and its community of educators and digital resource experts will vet all #ParticipateOER submissions before sending on to the Learning Registry.

"There is so much trapped wisdom in our schools that could be supporting deeper learning for students," said Dr. Robert Dillon, Community Director of BrightBytes Institute and Director of Innovation at Affton School District. "Participate Learning has developed a simple and elegant tool to democratize resources for the benefit of all. Looking forward to seeing this culture of sharing develop."

Participate Learning is a Certified Partner of the Canvas learning management system, created by Instructure. All Canvas users will benefit from the expanded availability of Open Educational Resources.

"We strongly believe in the power of Open Educational Resources as a way to drive innovation in education. Participate Learning's contribution to ensuring great resources continue to get submitted to the Learning Registry is fabulous and we are excited to encourage our community to use it," shared Melissa Loble, VP of Partners and Programs for Instructure.

Participate Learning empowers teachers to improve student outcomes by helping them find and share free vetted educational resources to take advantage of the preponderance of broadband and internet-connected devices in their classrooms.

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