Open Education Resources

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Digital Learning Plan: Open Education Resources (OER) Project

The Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan, aligned with Agenda 2017, outlines a vision of digital education in Wisconsin including the integration of Open Education Resources (OER) to increase equity and access to high-quality K-12 instructional resources. Open Education Resources are free and openly licensed instructional materials that can be used for teaching, professional learning and research. The adoption of the Common Core State Standards by 46 states has spurred interest in identifying high quality resources aligned to the Mathematics and English Language Arts standards. In collaboration with eight other states, the WI Department of Public Instruction has an Open Education Leadership Team (OER)  that includes representatives from state virtual school organizations, the CESA network, educators and DPI curriculum and library leaders. The team collaborates with Achieve on creating policy, best instructional practices, rubrics to review content and resource lists to promote integration of high quality content.  The creation of the Wisconsin educator portal, WISE Learn, will include open education resources as well the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative will enable high quality learning experiences and resoures to our schools.


"OER are teaching, learning and research resources tha reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.  Open education 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."  -The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Webinar: Open Education Resources (OER) for Digital Education in WI

Research & Policy

Resource Evaluation Information

Licensing and Creative Commons

Resources and Professional Learning

Join the  WI Connected Educator  Open Education Resources (OER) PLC


For questions about this information, contact Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054